Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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Reviews by sam_bliss:
3.86/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours a dark blonde color with a little white head on top. Smells super citrusy, yet full malts come through in the nose as well. The typical white grapefruit and evergreen hop tastes that we associate with Ninkasi are not restrained in this brew. Some roasted flavors combined with caramel and pale malts to provide a much stronger grain presence and bigger body than most blondes. This one is an American blonde that is not wimpy. One shade blonder than SNPA, with a hint of classic Ninkasi.
05-10-2013 03:32:22 | More by sam_bliss
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3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
Appearance - This poured a cool-looking brownish-orange in color with a decent head that pitted well on top of the liquid.
Smell - This aroma leads off with heavily-toasted malts, and I mean heavily-toasted. It's almost like a slightly burnt piece of bread but in a nice way, and there's some accompanying yeast as well. The hop profile is actually quite stiff but just manages a draw against the sharp malt aromas.
Taste - The leafy hops step up a bit at the taste, the opposite of what usually happens, and the malt loses some of its structure. The toasty notes are now more of a compliment to the hops than the other way around like it was at the smell.
Mouthfeel - This is where the beer kind of fell apart for me. It was way too thin for the sharp flavors, it lacks that smooth, sessionable mouthfeel that you expect from the style, and the carbs felt a bit cheap.
Drinkability - I liked the sharp personality of the flavors but it just didn't go down well for a beer trying to fill the sessionable bill.
07-02-2010 21:52:00 | More by RoyalT
3.71/5 rDev +4.5%
A neat little dark yellow to orange gem. Big foam head, great retention, even smelled like spring, flowers and a nice sweet yeast component.
Taste, great honey and floral hop complexity to a very light feeling beer in a good way. The slightest feel of apples and maybe even cinammon (its not just for winter beers). A great hot weather, working outdoors, swimming, shooting beer. And for $3.50, you can't go wrong. Check it out.
08-11-2010 20:54:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance - Pours a clear, golden orange color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving behind a broken layer of microbubbles on the surface. Lacing is spotty with good stick.
Smell - Floral aroma; touches on bready, toasty malts.
Taste - Moderate amount of lightly toasted biscuit upfront, played off nicely by a relatively strong grassy and slightly citric hop presence that rides out into the finish. Touches on honey. Simple, but assertive. Leaves a mild, lingering lemon/orange pith bitterness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively carbonation. Goes down nice and easy.
Overall - I don't know that this fits your classic description of an American Blonde; the flavor hits much closer to an American Pale to me. Regardless, it's another solid effort from Ninkasi, and a definite winner for a spring seasonal release.
04-05-2013 05:36:50 | More by TheSixthRing
2.83/5 rDev -20.3%
Pours a copper color with two fingers of thick head. Aroma is flowery with an unappealing metallic overtone. Taste is very plain, pine flavor prevails with citrus, little hops in the background. This beer is surprisingly light in the mouth, almost watery.
I just don't understand what Ninkasi was trying to do with this one. The beer is at best unoffensive, but there's no complexity, poor balance, and well, it just doesn't taste that great.
06-04-2010 07:33:13 | More by appenzeller
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
A brown bomber with glowing light green label, colors of the spring I suppose. Well here we go...
A: a hazy glowing of orange and orangish reds with flat golden hues. The body was topped off with a crowded white head with firm blobs and streaks of lace. A big chunk of crusty foam floated dead center on top
S: biscuit malts and toasted whiffs with a handful of northwest hops. Hops smell of floral, earthy grasses, and pine. Nice nose between hops and mellow caramel smell
T: this beer houses a good interplay of malts and hops. Initially, toasted malts with a slab of caramel flow throughout and then piney, grassy, lemon, and grapefruit. Hop notes streak back to front on the tongue. Finishes crisp and hops have a good snap in the whole mix. Reminds me of a "wet hop" styled brew
Soft toasted notes hang in the balance and with a smack of the tongue are easily noticeable. I am digging this brew with every sip and hop fans should find ample security in this tasty brew
M: has a slight invigorating essence on the tongue that is polished and borderline smooth. Body is mild and goes down good, almost like a good lager but better
D: the bottle says "a session beer that everyone can enjoy" I would agree. Another great and tasty Ninkasi!
03-09-2009 01:43:48 | More by Magpie14
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle, this is the first beer I have had from Ninkasi, and if the label hadn't been so bright and appealing on a crappy Seattle day I might not have picked it. Right now I am glad to have bought it. A slightly vigorous pour gives it a light amber orange color with a 2 finger head, and a slight head retention and good lacing. Smell is mostly fresh hops with a little bit of light malt in the background. Taste is orange zest and floral hops, with a bit of roasted malt. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer, and makes me think of how some of the better pale ales out there would be if they were fresh.
03-23-2009 00:06:12 | More by nkersten
2.85/5 rDev -19.7%
Cold 22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass. Beer pours a solid orange with a thick orange-white head. Aroma is familiar and beery, like a lager or perhaps a red ale.
Once past the creamy head, the flavor is significantly more hoppy, closer to the IPA-hop dimension as suggested by the label. Crisp and dry, but a bitter, perhaps even metallic aftertaste lingers. Unfortunately all the malt is up front leaving nothing to balance out the rest.
The label claims this is drinkable a session beer, but given the ABV and IBUs, I can't agree.
06-28-2011 04:58:56 | More by hreb
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Out of a bottle into a pint glass. Golden pour to light amber once in the glass. A nice half finger of head formed and held.
Wow, honeysuckle, lime and grapefruit in the background. An excellent fragrance.
Lots going on in this drink. Soft texture and honey at first, moving to lots of carbonation and a hop kick and ending with a touch of honey again. The first drink was surprising, but after a couple it is nice. It tends towards an IPA with the amount of hops coming through.
It is probably on the edge of its style but that only makes me like it a little more. A little confused with the abrupt changes from honey to hops and back again... but definitely worth a sixer.
10-01-2011 01:45:40 | More by Fatehunter
2.5/5 rDev -29.6%
Had this in a bottle and also at the KLCC Brewfest in February around it's debut time. It pours out a light, not quite opaque yellow-brown color with a white head. Looks like it'll be refreshing, though there's not much of a smell to it. The taste is dominated by the malt which tastes a bit like straw and a bit like bread. Not a hop taste to be found, though, no taste of alcohol either. It's ok when it's very cold, but as it warms up it becomes even stranger tasting. Not the best of Ninkasi's spectacular line of beers.
06-29-2009 06:53:43 | More by kdoc8
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
Bomber from BevMo Mountain View.
Brilliant clear golden in color with a lasting white head and excellent lacing that totally coats the glass.
The aroma is like a spring rain (I assume that's where the name comes from). Some wet leaves and earth for sure, along with pale malt and herbal notes.
The flavor has pale malt and just a touch of caramel, with considerable hop bitterness, herbal and earthy.
Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and a good lightness to it.
Good stuff, a real beer's beer as I like to say, not something that an old redneck would think was to froofy-froofy, but still tasty. I approve.
03-21-2011 04:12:45 | More by nickd717
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
From a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The Spring 'Reign' pours a hazy lemon straw with half an inch of white foam. Retention is light but keeps a thin cap throughout the glass.
Light grain and hay on the nose, touch of lemony hops. Warming brings forth a bit of earth with a lightly ferrous touch, which does dissipate after a couple minutes fortunately. Somewhat light overall.
Coarse and grainy in flavor with a return of lemon/orange citrus that lingers through the finish and accompanies some lightly toasted grain. Offers a moderate body for the style given its texture, with a good balance of background citric sweetness, though not bitter by any means. Rather heavy in character for a Blonde Ale, adding some depth to the style. Nice drinkability overall and rather dry on the finish, yet a firm carbonation holds up to give the beer a creamy feel. Tastes like there's a fair amount of wheat in the mix.
05-10-2010 03:20:25 | More by HalfFull
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
First beer after taking a week off (limiting myself to one, two days max a week - it sucks). A big thanks to googzoid10 for this extra. Cheers!
Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a orange, straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.
Smell - Lots of roasted, bready malts, citrusy and floral hops, slight caramel backbone.
Taste - Similar to the aroma. A nice bitter flavor, not as much citrus taste is noticeable though the floral characteristics do shine. Slight earthy and caramel notes.
Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, crisp, finishes just a hint dry.
Drinkability - Easily quaffable, and that is exactly what I'm doing on such an annoyingly hot day (upper 80's right now, was 90's earlier). Thanks for the great extra!
04-02-2011 01:07:23 | More by SpdKilz
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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