Today’s guest reviewer has written for us here at LIBA a handful of times previously. W.L. Wittstruck is a former home brewer who still appreciates a finely crafted beer. In his spare time he makes no-budget independent films with his wife and 4D4Films. You can follow 4D4Films on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/4d4films. The stage is yours W.L…..
Upon opening this bottle of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA, a citrusy aroma and strong hint of alcohol are immediately noticeable. In my brewing days, a strong alcohol smell was usually a recipe for disaster as it has a tendency to overwhelm the hops and malt and the fact this beer packs a decent 6.7% alcohol by volume, was a cause for concern.
However, I didn’t let this stop me and watched as the golden amber brew filled the mug with a nice 3 finger head on it. The head lingered for quite some time and even had a golden tint to it as well.
The first sip was a hop “blast-off” that lasted from initial sip to several moments afterward. The initial hop hit overwhelms any malt sweetness, but mixes nicely with the aggressive carbonation. The initial hop kick lingers and is followed by a nice bitter aftertaste that sets up shop on the back of your tongue. This is exactly what you’d expect from an IPA.
Working through the rest of the glass waves of hops keep on coming sip after sip as brewers lace clings to the inside of the mug. The hop attack doesn’t stop or dissipate with each sip either. Wave after wave of hop goodness continues throughout the entire glass.
Interestingly enough Total Domination IPA only comes in at about 65 IBU’s, but they found a way to make the hops the star of the show. Overall I really enjoyed it and would definitely consider trying other beers by Ninkasi Brewing.
If you’ve been considering trying an IPA this would be a great choice to start with and one I’ll be adding to my short list of favorite IPAs.