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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"6% alc./vol. 38 ibus."

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Hipster
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of watchnerd
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Justin-m
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.