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Ninkasi Believer

July 9, 2014

It’s always exciting when a new brewery comes to town, and when I spotted the Ninkasi Believer on tap the other week, I was more than a little excited to try it. Ninkasi is a brewery from Eugene, Oregon started by two friends in 2006. Their focus is more than the beer they brew, but the way beer can help foster a sense of community and do something more than get you a little tipsy. Hence, why they took the name of the Sumerian Goddess of Fermentation, Ninkasi. They’re brand new to New York but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of them soon.

The Believer pours a clear ruby red with a nice tuft of white sitting on top. Citrus and pine bloom up from the beer but its the underlying scent of toffee that got me very excited about this beer. Whenever I see the words Double or Imperial Red from a West Coast brewery, I worry that I’m about to taste some overhopped monstrosity and the scent put me more at ease.

With a middle of the road body and a smooth if slightly sticky mouthfeel, the Believer lets you know you’re drinking it without being unruly. The flavor of this beer though is what makes it amazing, it’s astoundingly well balanced. The toffee and malt core of the beer isn’t particularly pronounced but it’s present enough to complement the hops without undercutting them. The combination of hops that produce such a wonderful pine and citrus flavor make this beer a pleasure to drink and it ends with a surprisingly mild finish.

Overall, the Believer is a great beer and I look forward to drinking more Ninkasi as soon as possible.

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