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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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81
good

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
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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Photo of sarahkbelf
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of bernat1971
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of loren01
2.1/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color, nice sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Bready scents along with floral hop smell
T: Much the same as the smell, bready malts along with a floral hop taste, aftertaste is medicinal, astringent and very bitter.
M: Light bodied beer, a little heavy with the carbonation though.
D: Finally found a Ninkasi that I don't like...this was a drain pour.

Photo of Overlord
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold-ish orange. Big off-white foam head.

Smell is offputting. Medicinal flowers and ... more flowers Hm. If a beer is going to go with a floral hop component, it has to go a different direction than this. I'm not sure what they were going for her. No malt or anything else in the aroma.

A bit of a bready yeastiness to the flavor. A mineral-y malt quality. And, too much of that medicinal hop flavoring. Ugh. A chore to finish one pint.

Not a fan.

Photo of kdoc8
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of warpedrevolution
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of gpogo
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Large off white head with a sticky lacing. Clear orange body with lots of carbonation.

A- A faint skunk aroma(just hoping I didn't get a bad bottle). Slight phenolic and sourness.

T- Interesting. Seemed sort of sour at first followed by an almost astringent taste that reminded me of vomit aftertaste. Upon a second sip I realize these are the nutty toasted malt notes, but it just doesn't work for me. Phenolic hop notes as well. As it warmed, the sips tasted better, though it still didn't seem to be a well put together flavor.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- I've been very impressed with most of Ninkasi's brews. I'd give this beer another shot and just hope I got a bad bottle.

Photo of smekermann
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Murrhey
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

360th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

App- Cloudy gold color with a nice pillowy 1 1/2 finger head. Good cling, looked like a promising beer.

Smell- Almost too malty in the nose with a bit of a old corn smell, leaning towards the husk thats wet.

Taste- Taste followed the nose, I just did not like the malty/bitter/AAL taste. I couldn't finish it.

Mouth- Thin bodied with a medium carb level. Bready malty finish of what I did put back.

Drink- It's below average and I expected more. I had heard good things about Ninkasi but think I need to try their regular line up before I write them off.

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of chugamugofsud
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of praxis16
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Jon411
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of appenzeller
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of HopHead84
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my snifter, the beer is dark orange with a nice off white head. Retention is good and there is some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of toasted caramel malt with a very interesting hop profile. It's pungent floral, medicinal, and slightly citrus. Flavor is slightly malty up front and segues into a strange medicinal, metallic, floral hop profile. To be honest, it's quite strange and tastes like lead with some alcohol. The beer is quite bitter with a strange, off hop flavor.

Light bodied with with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this. The metallic and medicinal hop finish was too much.

Photo of hreb
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.