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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | 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: 256
Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing wrong with this pale ale from ninkasi, but unlike so many of their other beers, this one is just so generic. it could have been made by anyone, there is nothing really distinct about it, and even though i like it, i have higher expectations for these guys, even in a basic pale ale style. a light copper tone to this one, good clarity, and a fine inch of white head. it smells like a pale ale, balanced more than others with a little crystal malt in there for good measure, but its not anywhere near being heavy, and in fact smells quite delicate. the hops in the flavor are more robust than the nose, but they seem mostly bitter, and coupled with the fuller malt thing going on, the beer seems almost inappropriate for spring. it drinks lighter than i am making it sound, and its carbonated really brightly, so that helps too, but i want a bright leafy floral hop thing and i wanted a delicate light springy beer. this says nothing of the season, although i have not been to oregon, so i dont know what their spring is like. maybe its damp and chilly and this beer is perfect, but thats more autumn in my mind. i happily cruised through a pint of this one, but i was looking for more... (1,195 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bright, golden, orange, sunset body with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of ripe citrus, cleaning solution. Harsh with chemical notes. Sweet malt with too present alcohol. Candy melon sweetness. No sir. (216 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, floral, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, floral, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and floral hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle. (588 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a wine glass in Oregon.

Excellent clarity and carbonation in an amber body. Crisp, near medium body.

Flavor: This has the hop load and bitterness of an IPA. Overly bitter and piney aftertaste with lingering grapefruit peel.

O: recommended for hop heads who favor piney hops and plenty of grapefruity bitterness. (339 characters)

Photo of sklafia
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I bought and tasted this beer in March to toast the welcome of the Spring season. I enjoyed it and shared it with my family. Here is my review:

Visual: Total (5/6)
It was an amber color, yet still not quite opaque (1/2).
The clarity was lacking and there was unexpected cloudiness (2/2).
The head retention was good, but there was not as much visible carbonation as I had expected. The head was egg-shell white and when poured it was about half an inch thick. It dissipated quickly (2/2).

Aroma: Total (4/6)
There was an unexpected funky smell at first, but also some bright citrus notes and a hint of freshly cut grass. There was also a scent of malty sweetness from the grain (1/2).
The bouquet had a sweet and astringent hoppy floral quality with citrus (1/2).
Smell was reminiscent of a citrus grove with no off-odors (2/2).

Taste: Total (8/10)
The flavor was extremely balanced for an American Pale Ale with some lingering bitterness but floral flavors (2/2).
There were not any off flavors (2/2).
The mouthfeel was effervescent and pulled moisture without being drying. It was very light-bodied (2/2).
The tail left a distinct yet pleasant lingering sensation (1/2).
As far as carbonation, the bubbles were extremely small and not plentiful. I hoped for more (1/2).

Overall: Total (21/25)
I appreciated the American Pale Ale and it was a good representation of the style, as it was well-balanced. I would try it again and pair it with a dish like a steak salad, which I imagine would cut the fattiness and complement the citrus. (1,538 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I agree with BierJager89 But, I like it because it is a Spring Brew, it should be lighter. Great for a Seattle Spring day. this would be good for any social gathering celebrating the PNW spring and a great time to see how friends like it! It really helps to try this one on a Real Spring Day, especially after drinking all those fine winter ales! (346 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium golden color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - slightly musky aroma, but with a hint of citrus. Definitely more malty than hoppy, at least in the aroma.

Taste - sweet sense of maltiness to begin with, but quickly turns bitter. I can't quite taste the hops, but you can certainly feel them in the taste, which seems a little strong for this style.

Mouthfeel - medium body, a little on the creamy side.

Overall - Not a bad brew, but seems a little off for this style. Not bad in general though. (597 characters)

Photo of Kearneytheking
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a big ol' bottle that was given to me as a gift. A Portland local said it was one of the more popular breweries at the time (Spring 2013) so I was a bit excited. Can't testify for said person's beer IQ though.

Just a quick review of this beer - I was in awe by the color. It was a deep beautiful orange- I was expecting it to be a much more pale beer. The smell was floral and hoppy without much else being present. That's how it drank as well. Pretty simple, basic pale ale. I could see myself drinking these pretty easily, but not a beer I'd go out of my way to find. (584 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Hazy golden wheat colored with a foamy, off white head, nice lacing.

Light floral, biscuit in the nose.

Palate follows the nose with toasty, biscuit malts and earthy, floral, herbal hops,

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An interesting pale ale, or blonde, or whatever you want to call it. It seems more of an English take on the style, and with that in mind, is quite pleasant. (395 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby in a Shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of frothy, creamy, light tan head, fed by multiple queues of rising carbonation that cause it to stick around for awhile. The lace clings to the glass in thick rings. The color is a medium dark, reddish-golden.

I don't get a real strong hop smell in the aroma, but my sense of smell is quite bad, leaving me to rely on taste-aroma and burps. Nevertheless, floral and earthy hops are evident in the overall taste, which is relatively well-balanced, with a malty sweetness counterpoised by moderate hop bitterness. I detect some fruitiness, but I can't quite describe the fruit- it is somewhat like a semi-sweet apple. I like that I can detect at least some flavors like this, and not just hops...The mouthfeel is fairly pleasant, partially on account of the froth.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Some of the beers from this brewery are a bit hoppy for my taste, but this one is pretty close to what I prefer. It's also a bit more ale-like than some other "blonde" ales that I've tried. (1,079 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (493 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a spring beer, this is a surprisingly dark color. Closer to orange amber than yellow, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is disappointing. Toasted malt, biscuit and chalky Cascade hops (grapefruit pith, moderate grapefruit zest) as well as a little bit of pine and a touch of other citrus notes.

The palate opens moderately bitter and surprisingly astringent. It drinks closer to an APA than a blonde ale, with the bitterness being fresh, pungent and with a blend of a German herbal/minty/spicy hop flavors and a secondary American citrus character. The malt character is less noticeable here, with a blend of biscuit and toast. Mildly sweet and moderately oily on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and slightly over-carbonated. The finish has a lingering bitterness that's quite pleasing, with an herbal/minty character. Alcohol is well-hidden, but in all honesty, there's no reason this beer couldn't be brewed at 4.5% - just look at Victory's Summer Love, which combines German hops and a blonde ale remarkably well. Solid. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very light clear orange color with white soapy head that left no lace

S- Very earthy and herbal, floral notes, oatmeal/soapy notes. Kind of an odd, bitter, earthy smelling beer

T- Big earthy, herbal, and soapy flavors. Some nice floral notes. Very bitter earthiness in the flavor that is not pleasant

M- Fairly light, very low carbonation, finishes a little watery

O- A pretty dull beer with unpleasant bitter earthy notes. (474 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted and biscuit malt, faint hops, reminiscent of a light pilsner. Flavor of mild bready and biscuit malt, sligthly nutty, finishing with dry bittering hops with light herabl notes. Medium bodied. Flavors are appropriate for a light Spring ale; but nothing really stands out and could use slightly more hop flavor to balance the bitterness in the finish. A nice dinner beer with pleasant maltiness. (547 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (861 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep yellow with orange highlights. Nose has lots of lemony hops.Very fresh and clean smelling. Taste is similar with lemon hop notes right up front. There’s good strong bitterness and generic malty sweetness as well. Tastes a bit like an ale version of a maibock. (302 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome label with the Ninkasi Seal Decorated in spring pastel flowers. Great color scheme!! Eye-catching!!

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a clear golden amber color with an airy 2 finger white foam head. Head retention was 2min 43sec before settling into a very frothy foam cap. Excellent lacing!! Has bits of sediment floating around.

Smell/Aroma: Smells citrus and a grass-like aroma, slight hints of honey sweetness can be detected as well. A toasty malt aroma is hidden between the rest. Has a very clean and fresh smell.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of grassy-earthy hops right away making for a bitter front-end. Toasty bread-like malt along with a slight honey sweetness dominate the mid-section of this beer. The bitterness resurfaces on the back-end, though much more floral in nature at this point. Interesting.

MouthFeel: On the light side of Medium-bodied and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability: Moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing. Very drinkable!!

Overall/Comments: This was my first time having this and I came away thinking that this would be a very solid choice in late spring/early summer. Another solid beer from Ninkasi!! Classified as an American Blond Ale at 6% ABV. Spring Seasonal Release. Reviewed and Consumed 9/20/12. (1,308 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large snifter-style glass.

Pumpkin-orange, hazed with tiny, visible particles. A hard pour delivers a dense, creamy head of off-white that sticks around for a long time and grips the glass in large-bubbled trails.

Smells like spring. Grass, floral notes, lots of honey and a touch of citrus. Good, bright balance of sweet malt and hops.

Subtle toasty malt quickly becomes sweeter and honeyed. Caramel and toasted biscuits emerge more as the brew warms. Grass, citrus pith and floral hops blend with orange before a crisp finish.

Fairly big body — about medium before some silky fizz lightens things up. Carbonation is mild and pinching. Finishes squeaky-clean.

A bright, well-balanced ale; tasty and nicely hopped for a blonde. Probably best in spring, but also thoroughly enjoyable in the summer, when I had it. (834 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass at high altitude Libby, MT. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger cream-colored head. Fairly long retention. Sticky lacing. Amber color with high clarity. Nice looking beer, not exactly the color I'd expect for a blonde though.

S- Light malts, wheat and skunkiness. Not the dull, expired sort of skunk smell, but a more acrid kind of funk. Pretty weak.

T- Golden malts and a bitter hop character I wasn't expecting. Not much else here.

M- Creamy and dry finish. Strange for the style.

O- Weird and ultimately below average rendition of the style. I'd recommend only if you like Ninkasi or hoppy blonde ales. (642 characters)

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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