On the third day, I got another fresh new beer from the Pacific northwest.
Producer: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Region: Eugene, Oregon
Style: India-Style Red Ale
Appearance: Clear, golden-amber color with very little head
Aroma: Earthy, grassy, slightly spicy, pine
Virginia Pour House Notes: I have only had a handful of Ninkasi beers and those mostly came at beer events. So I was surprised to take off the beer sweater and see this one. This is a red IPA that checks in at 7% ABV. The aroma isn’t strong, but hints of grass and pine pop through. The beer poured completely clear with a nice golden amber hue. The first taste attacks the taste buds with huge bitterness. There is some piney hop bitterness, but also a nice bitterness that I would expect in a red ale. There is also some nice spiciness, almost a rye-like character, in the middle. The bitterness doesn’t die down much in subsequent sips and the finish is resinous and leaves a lingering bitterness in the back of the throat. This is a pretty intense beer from Ninkasi, but it’s one that I enjoy.