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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009

Ninkasi website:
"6% alc./vol. 38 ibus."
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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 257
Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

App: Burnt-Yellow, cloudy, nice head complete with good lacing.

Smell: Floral, Hoppy, slight orange scent

Taste: Follows the nose, with more hop bitterness and a hint of orange. Fruitiness of Orange and Hoppiness of the beer increases as you let it warm slightly.

Mouthfeel: Balanced entirely.

Overall: Excellent APA. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangey amber. Head quickly dissipates to a thing ring, but leaves some lacing.

The smell is where you start to notice that this brew is better than average for craft: citrus & hemp aromas.

Taste is nicely balanced, not in your face at all, almost like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that has been dialed back a bit, less dry,and had a few fruit notes added in the finish.

Mouthfeel is modestly carbonated, just enough to keep things lively, but not overpoweringly bubbly.

All in all a very nice 21st take on an old school West Coast ale. Ninkasi should consider making it year round.

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Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have found this beer a SURPRISING personal favorite. I picked this beer up looking for a lighter, refreshing "lawn mower" beer during a camping trip. Which I would enjoy this beer mowing the lawn but also found this a great dinner beer. I may sound way off here compared to the other reviews, but I think this is a fairly complex beer that is not over the top but has many subtle tastes. I rarely "stock up" on any one beer, especially in bombers, but this is one I am buying 2 bombers at a time.

A: Apricot orange, slightly cloudy. Small white head with moderate lacing.

S: citrus, roasted almonds

T: initially a moderate roasted nut taste, followed by light grapefruit. Finish is slightly tart and on the dry side.

M: great medium body

D: I can easily put down a 22oz and would enjoy a 2nd during a long afternoon or bbq.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles I shipped home to myself from the northwest. Loved all that I’ve had from Ninkasi. This one is no exception.

2 fingers of foamy bright white head form and this settles to about a finger. Then is sits and lingers. Nice lacing. Bright amber color with mostly copper highlights. A bit of tiny quickly rising carbonation.

Aroma is of light toasted malt. Very fruity with a touch of sweetness.

Nice flavor. Excellent balance. Drinks more to what I think of a Pale Ale vs. Blonde…. Very fruity up front with a wonderful bready flavor just below. The end brings in a nice amount of bitterness that balances out the sweetness just as it builds. Fairly crisp finish

Medium light body with a very light amount of carbonation. A bit slick.

Really a nice beer for what it’s supposed to be. Seems to be a nice light session beer to help celebrate the warmer weather. Spot on boys!! Keep up the great work.

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Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Belmont Station last weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet..

rocky 2 finger head... leaves surprising amounts of lace and has great retention.. the brew is slightly hazy gold.

grainy pale malts make up the bulk of the nose.. polished with a bright citric hoppiness... I am enjoying this one... I normally don't care for "blondes".

again alot of clean pale malts with touches of biscuit.. nice citrus hoppiness is bigger than most others that I've tried in the style.. finish is clean with an interesting and pleasant/yet unexpected "earthy" component.. a little bit of floral hoppiness is also present.. The body is light/medium for the style and carbonation is smooth small bubble.. very inviting.

I would compare this with a lite APA with a bigger yet some how dryer pale malt profile.. no caramel in this one... I would buy this one often if I had it available.... it would be just fantastic while working out in a hot Boise summer day.


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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light golden color with three-finger head which dissipated slowly.

Smell: bright, spicy hops are right up front; this smells like an IPA.

Taste: slightly sweet, the malt flavors are apparent. The hops are quite present (and pleasant) in flavor, bit it is not overly bitter; this is a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with not a huge amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: while the hops flavor are pretty intense, this would be a good beer to down on a hot day at a barbecue.

This beer reminds me quite a lot of Bridgeport IPA, actually.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good fluffy head, golden amber in color with slight haze.

S- A slight fruity berry smell with the presence of hops.

T- The taste is nutty, and the combined flavors give a coffee taste weird. There is a earthy tone to this for sure. If looking at the bottle and drinking this it almost embodies a fresh spring rain. Very hearty and tasty for such a light colored brew.

M- Solid mouth feel.

D- Very easy to drink, great solid brew.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Spring Reign is a good looking brew. Poured a light straw color with a strong foam head and some good wave like lacing.

The aroma was biscuity with a hint of noble. The taste was sharp and it finished creamy. Definitely got the idea that this was mostly malt dominated brew. Out of the few that I have tried of this style it is tops. On the end of the drink you get a nice bitterness that is light on the palate. Overall this seasonal is well worth trying out.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have never warmed much to Ninkasi beers, but I have to admit this is one really outstanding ale. It is crisp and clean with a satisfying lemony bitterness and a tangy hop finish that reminds me of a great kellerbier or pilsner more than a blonde ale.

Pours a sunny yellow-orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is toasty with a lemon edge. The flavor is bright and bitter, with a mouthfilling roundness that grabs the tongue all the way back in the mouth, with some fruit - peach, lemon, apricot - and a rich, throat-filling bitterness on the way down, leaving a bitter tang and a carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Amazingly refreshing and complex for what it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Floydster
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle just received in the mail from 5000, thanks for this brew Andre, nice extra from a new brewery for me, poured into my Firestone pint glass, currently drinking

A-Golden orange with red tints, one inch soapy white head, decent retention, very nice lacing at first, pillow eventually formed in the middle
S-Pine, grassy accents, toasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, light caramel, butter, and crackers
T-Starts off with a big grapefruit taste, fades into some grapefruit, nice toasty bread in the middle, hoppiness in the finish that are piercing for a blonde, tastes very fresh overall and has a nice dry aftertaste, nicely balanced
M-Dry, toasted, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lasts a long time for its style
D-Hard to believe this stuff is even six percent, seems like half of that, goes down very easy, light on the stomach, great drinkability

One of the more flavorful blondes out there, would make a nice session beer, nice seasonal with a nice Northwest hop presence, wish this stuff was available in my neck of the woods, recommended

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden copper color with a creamy tan head.

S: A little malt and some peach, orange and citrus peel in the nose.

T: Interesting. Starts out malty, followed by dull fruits, then citrus, which crescendos and becomes a bit tart and lemony in the finish.

M: Light bodied and smoothish, crisp and refreshing.

O: It was a bit light for my taste, and the taste was not what I was hoping for and a bit disappointing after the nose. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle. Slightly hazed amber with one finger of off white head. (gentle pour) Good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is citrus grapefruit orange hops and strong support from the sweet malts. Tasted like a nice West Coast Pale Ale to my palate. Easy drinker, very smooth. Medium dry finish. Very fine spring beer. I believe this beer was quite fresh and it is the first time I have seen it on the shelves in the Portland area.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are nice, fresh green resiny hop nose hits you on the first sniff. I also notice some nice sweet crystal sweet malts.

Taste has nice balance of bready sweet malts, and resiny green hops. Beer almost has a wheat like spicy quality in there as well and a nice crisp mildly bitter and tart lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, soft, smooth, and full.

Overall, I'm impressed. When I read on BA that this was a blonde, I was little upset about my purchase, but man, this a tasty and amped up version of the style.

This might be a spring seasonal, but man, this would be perfect for a warm summer day. Well done Ninkasi, I am fan.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22 oz bottle into Carlsberg glass :)

A - pours a nice, copper-amber color, with moderate head/lacing

S - Caramel malts, orange, grapefruit, floral hoppy notes. Sort of along the lines of an IPA or American Pale Ale, but a bit more subtle.

T - Nice, biscuit-like, slightly bready malt profile with caramel notes, with orange notes and floral hop kick at the end. Very much along the lines of an APA, despite being categorized as a blonde ale on here.

M - Medium bodied, super smooth texture. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Highly sessionable stuff, but flavorful too. Great at offering the best of both worlds!

Overall - This is a nice "spring ale" as they call it, that will probably appeal to fans of pale ale, and mellower IPA's. It may be raining here in WA, but this brew already has me in the spring mood, lol.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus apricot with a light blush of coral red and edges of Sunkist orange. What a wonderful hue. Two fingers of toasted almond colored suds are perched atop the beer. Good longevity and abundant sea foam lace make the appearance score an easy call.

The aroma is too tame, which makes me think that American blonde ale is a better choice than APA. The hop bill is well-chosen: Simcoe, Santiam and Ahtanum. Unfortunately, it's more fruit peel musky and floral than tropical fruity. In other words, the Simcoe don't dominate like I'd like.

Spring Reign Ale is delicious beer and really is more of an American pale ale than a blonde. It has more toasted maltiness than most blondes and it has more hop bitterness as well... even though we're now two seasons removed from the release. The 38 initial IBUs don't appear to have taken much of a hit.

The malt really isn't that toasted on the palate. Biscuity pale malt is well out in front. The Tettanger-like Santiam lead the way, with grapefruit citrusy Ahtanum and tropical fruity Simcoe several lengths behind. Why do I often use a horse race analogy when talking about flavor profile? In any case, this is a still-hoppy brew that is a pleasure to drink.

There isn't a thing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's closer to medium than light, and manages to deliver a silky suppleness that is probably the result of near perfect carbonation. Good job NBC.

Spring Reign Ale is at least as good as Radiant Summer Ale. Why stop there Ninkasi? Give us something for the autumn and winter seasons that is just as hoppy and just as good. More hoppy and better would work too.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of meganonymous
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, transparent amber with about 1/2 inch of white fluffy head with a light lacing.
Lots of hop aroma, which is what Ninkasi is really known for. Really bright citrus scent with piney resin tones in there too.
i recently had my first Spring rein of the season at the Ninkasi tasting room and just thought "heck, yes. I've missed this beer." It's a leetle bit high in ABV to be a true session beer, but it's so drinkable and flavorful I can def knock back a couple of these lovely ladies.
The carbonation is just high enough to really make those citrus hop notes sing and be really refreshing.

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Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big fluffy clouds of cream colored head atop a hazy dark orangish copper body. The head slowly shrinks to cloudy clumps and a healthy skim surrounding them. Good lacing. Color is way off for a 'blonde ale' or I'd bump the appearance score up a notch.

Clean nose of light toasted malts with some light floral and citrusy hops. A bit of hay/grass.

Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of toasted malt with a bit of caramel sweetness. A hint of pumpkin(?). Gentle citrusy hops. Finishes pretty dry with a hint of toffee sweetness.

Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation. General mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Overall impression: Nice sessionable beer. A lot more interesting than I expected from a blonde ale. Recommended.

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Photo of lsummers
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper orange with a one finger eggshell white head that is very sticky.

Smells of a fresh hoppy pilsner or pale ale. Cut grass, touch of pine and blossom. Some sweet malt characters.

Taste is buiscuty nutty caramel sweetness mixed with that fresh cut grassy hop note. I want to say citrusy hops at the same time as floral. I get a mix of both. Bitternotes coexist with it's sweet malty character. One detracting thing might be a slight off note on the aftertaste, very minimal though.

Mouthfeel is sticky and mild carbonation. Lightly chewy.

Overall, this is a perfect spring beer. I would definitely try this beer again. Such a great blend of bitter floral citric hops and sweet caramel malt notes. The only thing keeping it back are some astringent characters towards the aftertaste. I'm overlooking this since I'm really enjoying the beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Hazy golden amber color with a finger of creamy beige head. Aroma recalls gummy candy, pine needles, a little lemon cleaner, a few other bright citrus notes. More of the same on the palate. Quite a tasty pale ale, well-constructed. Crisp and bitter, a pleasant hoppy astringency that features orange/lemon citrus and herbal forest floor in approximately equal measure. Its not metallic, exactly, but the finish is flinty, steely I suppose. Great mouthfeel, an appreciable creamy thickness and very light caramel flavor to buffer the hops. Getting a whiff of peach late and more than a whiff of melon. Nice. The melon flavor starts to take over. Ninkasi, you fiends. This is a keeper.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from 22oz bomber.

pours out a slighty-hazy, light-orange. fairly underwhelming head, but did show pretty nice retention.

for me, the aroma was the only so-so component in this beer. it's certainly not too shabby, but either the hops were a bit underwhelming or the alcohol-malt mix was a bit overwhelming

the aforementioned somewhat-lack-of-smell was a set-up! nice big hoppy punch at the outset. hard to believe this is only the advertised 38IBU, not that this avowed hop-head is complaining! malt is still leaving me wanting a bit, but nearly perfect carbonation to round out the mouthfeel, as seems to be commonplace with ninkasi's offerings.

rating drinkability purely on a typical blonde ale being fairly middle-of-the road, i'd go only a '3', but pretend it's an IPA and it's an easy '4' and still certainly sessionable!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - nice to see more Spring-themed brews showing up around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent meshed gear lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of dry, toasted pale malt, bitter earthy forest floor detritus, some musky yeast, generic citrus rind, and further floral, leafy hop notes. The taste is more bitter green pine extract, dried orange and grapefruit peel, grainy, bready pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, and additional herbal, leafy, and floral hop acridity.

The bubbles are rather supportive in their well-rounded frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and a bit too edgy to be deemed outright smooth, but it's all right, nonetheless. It finishes off-dry, the malt experiencing a form of resurgence, while the complex hop bitterness lingers about, over, and around.

A pleasant enough west-coast styled American Pale Ale, as now displayed directly front and center on the label. Not sure what this has to do with Spring, other than possessing a sense of freshness, which for beer can be anytime of the year. Whatever, this is enjoyable, and worthy of sipping on while those last niggly bits of snow melt. Or it just fucking snows again.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at a QFC.. no freshness date.. although it's a spring release...

- Hardly and head as poured at an angle into a tumbler glass... mild lacing.. slightly cloudy, and a nice light copper color.

- Citrus hop aroma and mild caramel malt.. pretty floral as well. Thats about it!

- Ahhh refreshing... great citrus flavor and hop profile... smooth rich malt but balanced and not too sweet. Nice lemon zest/ bitter finish.... A true Oregon Spring ale.

- Bitter and not so chewy mouthfeel.. a bit biscuit-like.. a little dry..

- Quit drinkable.. perfect carbonation... and smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

Recommend a try at least.. but not a top pick.. especially from this brewer.. and I am shooting myself for missing an Oaked Cask of Tricerahops last night...

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.