Tasting: November 5, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 640
Fermentable beverages like beer and wine were probably discovered by accident thousands of years ago by our nomadic ancestors. It is speculated that at some point wild grains were left unattended for a period of time, they malted (sprouted) and combined with rain water and airborne organisms to create the first batch of beer.
I’ll add my own speculation that beer was created by a woman. Gathering grain was presumably woman’s work, while hunting was a man’s job. I’ll also assume that the woman probably told the man to clean out the clay pots before he went off hunting with his buddies – but as know, he probably didn’t listen.
Move onto the first civilization in Mesopotamia and the Sumerians. They also include women as an important part of beer — so much so that their deity of beer is a woman – Ninkasi. Since fermentation wasn’t totally understood until the works of Louis Pasteur, the ancient brewer would look to the goddess Ninkasi to spiritually impart fermentation.
Ninkasi Brewing hails from Eugene and they have been making beer quite on purpose since 2006. The fledgling brewery began with a conversation between two new acquaintances over a beer sampling – Jamie Floyd, a brewer and Nikos Ridge, a guy that understands finance. According to the last update of seekabrew.com, their beer is only found in eight states and only one state east of the Mississippi (Vermont) receives distribution.
Arguably, their most critically acclaimed beer is a double IPA called Tricerahops and I was surprised to see it on tap in New York especially since it wasn’t reported as one of the eight states. I couldn’t resist taking home a squealer (1/2 growler) of Tricerahops. I also took home a bottle of their holiday seasonal release Sleigh’r.
IBU checks in at a robust 100 International Bitter Units (IBU). Alcohol by Volume (ABV) is 8.0%. Nice citrusy grapefruit with a decent but very secondary malt backbone. Has a little boozy burn. Finishing bitterness doesn’t linger with any disabling strength and sits in the front of the palate. All in all Tricerahops is a good double IPA – 88 points.