Brew Review: Ninkasi Brewing Total Domination IPA

by Kelli H. on January 17, 2012

Beer: Ninkasi Brewing Total Domination IPA
Date: 12-3-11
Alcohol: 6.7%
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Package Type: 22 oz bottle
Price: $3.99

Aroma: Mildly hoppy

Appearance: Tan, dark deep golden, and hazy. White foamy head.

Body & Texture: Smooth, easy to drink, medium bodied, good carbonation.

Aftertaste: Slight bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Overall Impression: This IPA was very easy to drink and not too hoppy, so I would recommend it to anyone starting out tasting IPA’s. I’ve noticed that different breweries vary in hoppiness. One breweries double IPA might be another breweries regular IPA. It seemed like a very standard West Coast IPA. Although it’s everything I would expect from an IPA, nothing is too memorable about it. Nothing left me saying, “This was a great beer!”.  I thought the price was great at $3.99. David picked this beer up on a whim while we were at BevMo one night. We like trying out breweries we’ve never heard of before, and I’m glad we gave this one a chance. Since it was a pretty positive experience, I wouldn’t be hesistant to buy another of their brews in the future. Cool little fact, Ninkasi is the Sumerian Goddess of Beer! I love that name for a brewery, so props to them!

Would I buy this beer again?
  Since there are so many different IPA’s to try, I probably wouldn’t, but I do think it is worth a try if you’ve never had it. If I were ever in Eugene, Oregon, I would definitely go to the brew pub, and order one on tap.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I love the beer reviews 🙂 Hubbs’ favorite beer are IPA’s so I love when I have a new one to suggest to him!


Made in Sonoma January 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Thanks, Brittany! I wonder if they have this one where you are though.


mexigarian January 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I really do enjoy IPAs. Eric not so much. I love how you find different breweries! I love sampling something new, and try to keep it local, but I found we don’t have too many breweies around these parts (San Diego has tons!) unless I am not looking hard enough. . .


Made in Sonoma January 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

You should go on Yelp and see if there are any local breweries around you! 🙂


Jane January 18, 2012 at 2:12 am

All your beer reviews make me want to be more adventurous in my selections!


Made in Sonoma January 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

You should! Beer tasting can be just like wine tasting, and I know you enjoy that. 🙂


Aubrey King January 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I actually think I had this when I was in Seattle. But I had the Ninkasi Double IPA. It was so incredibly hoppy, which i loved


Made in Sonoma January 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I like that you like hops!


David Wells January 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

All this talk of beer and hops is making me thirsty!


Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 5:35 am

This brewery sucks…Ninkasi the Ancient Sumerian Goddess of beer would not approve of her name being used for such lackluster beer.

The malts they use are clearly generic and likely GMO Caragill base malts…If you can prove me wrong please do so…Ninkaski sucks.


Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 12:03 am

I would love to know more about the above comment – can you point me to where you found out their malts are generic? I want to be informed.


Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 2:24 am

I agree….Ninkasi quality is not very good. They have good marketing, but are average in everything else….go with Bridgeport, Deschutes, or Rogue if you want a good beer with a soul!


Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

I thought Ninkasi was OK….try Inversion or Chainbreaker by Deschutes….good stuff!


Made in Sonoma February 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

I prefer Total Domination IPA over both Inversion & Chainbreaker. I think Inversion has a semi off taste for an IPA, and while I enjoy Chainbreaker, it’s a White IPA, so it’s not in the same category. To me, Chainbreaker is more of a summer drinking IPA.


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