Review: Ninkasi Beer Run IPA

Author: Jason Harris
June 5, 2016

Summer is always a good time to try new India pale ales, and today’s look brings Ninkasi Brewing’s Beer Run IPA to my pint glass. This is a new brew and is a seasonal.

As you can see in the promo video, this IPA pours clear. The brew was perfected using feedback from runners to give them a beer they could enjoy post-run. Well, I’m not a runner, but I’m a cyclist, and I can tell you this beer is a refreshing and crisp IPA that I’d enjoy on a hot day after a workout.

What does it taste like?

Beer Run IPA has a thick head as I poured it out of a 22 ounce bomber; however, it’s light in hoppy profile, despite it’s 90 IBU rating. The beer smells fruity, like a cross between orange and peach. The flavor isn’t overly bitter. It’s fruity and sweet and is quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

Should I buy it?

If you like IPAs, yes, you should!

2015 Advent Beer Calendar: Sleigh’r from Ninkasi

Author: Jason Harris
December 10, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the twelfth in the Beer Advent Calendar 2015 series. Likewise, I’m going to be posting a beer review each day. Some will be Christmas or Winter ales and other selections will be beers I’ve been wanting to review for some time.

SlieghrFor today’s post, let’s go back to a proper winter warmer/Christmas beer and look at Sleigh’r from Ninkasi Brewing. Sligh’r is a malty beer that, according to Ninkasi, will keep winter at bay.

An alt ale, Sleigh’r ferments will ale yeast at colder, lagering temperatures, meaning this beer is more crisp and lager-like flavor. Coming in at 50 IBUs and 7.2% ABV, Sleigh’r is a strong beer that demands to be sipped on a cold winter day.

How does it taste?

When you pour Sleigh’r, you see its dark complexion that can’t been seen through. It has a deep, dark red tint and gives a little bit of lacing from a light 1″ head left on the top of the glass.

At first sip, you pick up on what can be described as dark chocolate, dark brown bread and a slight nutty foretaste. You then pick up on the hoppy sweetness (remember, this beer is 50 IBUs) and the caramel malts. The hops you sense are a little grassy and herbal and are formulated to complement the nutty malt taste from before.

This beer is so well balanced and is pulled together perfectly.

Should I buy it?

Absolutely. Sleigh’r is worth the price of admission and should be shared with friends and family this holiday season!

Review: Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale

Author: Jason Harris
September 4, 2010

Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, Oregon is our next stop on our beer tour of Oregon.  I have seen this brewery many times as it has a kind of cult following here in the Willamette Valley.  I’ve even seen their beer in Costco and have been curious about the brand.

This review will be the first of three reviews of ales I bought that are from Ninkasi.  If there’s a specific brew you think I should check out form Ninkasi, please leave a comment below or get in touch with me otherwise.

Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale is an interesting beast.  When I first poured it, I thought it would be IPA-like in flavor. I could immediately smell the hops and other floral scents when I poured this very dark copper colored ale into the pint glass.

For those doing their homework, Believer Double Red is 6.7% alcohol and has 60 IBUs, putting it dead center in the ‘bitterness’ category of ales.  Ninkasi started brewing this beer in 2006 and it’s one of the company’s more popular brews.

How does it taste?  In a word: majestic.  Believer Double Red has a bit of hoppyness, just enough to be present but not too much that it overwhelms.  What is most notable is the malty overtones that persist through your entire sip of this red ale.  This is not a complex tasting beer – rather it’s a very nice balance of bitterness and malty smoothness.

If you like a good, medium-strong ale, you’ll like Believer Double Red.  Any amber ale fan who craves a bit more flavor will go nuts for this beer.  I hope you enjoy it!