Beer Review: NINKASI PRISMATIC

Beer Review: NINKASI PRISMATIC

Product Description: The Ninkasi Prismatic is an IPA that promises a burst of juicy hops, featuring notes of pineapple, passionfruit, and guava. Dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe Cryo Hops, this beer aims to deliver a colorful hop experience.

Appearance

Pouring this 12 oz. can into specialty glassware, the beer exhibits a slightly hazy, deep golden hue. The off-white foam, while initially present, dissipates quicker than desired for a hoppy style. Unlike the murky NE-Style IPAs, Prismatic stands out with its distinct appearance.

Aroma

Contrary to expectations based on the beer’s description, the aroma surprises with a doughy essence and a neutral grain character. Rather than a super tropical, hop-forward nose, it resembles more of an American wheat ale or honey blonde. Flavors of bread rolls, thicker grains, and sourdough dominate, while the promised hop character is notably absent.

Taste

In the taste department, Prismatic leans towards an American wheat ale or honey blonde profile. The sweetness is pronounced, presenting a medium-bodied experience with a soft water profile. Despite the addition of various hops, the expected hop character is missing, leaving the beer devoid of the promised juiciness. The lower bitterness, though in line with the hazy IPA trend, seems dialed down to an unexpected zero.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of Prismatic is a highlight, boasting technical flawlessness and excellent drinkability. The wheat addition contributes a pleasing creaminess, elevating the overall experience. Despite the absence of the anticipated hop character, the beer excels in its texture.

Overall

While the Prismatic is technically flawless and eminently drinkable, it falls short of its IPA classification. A blind tasting even led to the misidentification of the beer as a pilsner or blonde/golden ale, emphasizing the dominance of doughy and grainy flavors. Although enjoyable, the beer lacks the hop-forward profile expected in an IPA.

In conclusion, similar to other reviews of hazy IPAs like Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing and New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze, the challenge remains to determine if these NE-Style IPAs can withstand mass production and distribution over long distances. For now, it appears that the craze for this style is best satisfied on tap at a local brewery.