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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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99 Reviews
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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 loren01
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of kdoc8
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of gpogo
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

360th review on BA
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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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of hreb
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of JISurfer
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a little hoppier than other Blonde ales I've had. That wasn't really a bad thing though. I thought it was more of a pale ale than anything else, as I didn't detect much malts in the taste. It had a fruity/hoppy smell, with a little malt in the end. It's not a beer that explodes in my mouth, but it is nice for the hot summer days.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light and blonde and drinks like a forgettable ale. the hops show up but don't really make a statement and the beer seems over carbonated. I know this is a entry level type beer but I expected more from these guys especially for a seasonal in a bomber.

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Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Spring Reign is a dark, murky rust color with a large, light khaki head that leases decent lace. Much darker then I was expecting, the label cites a refereshing seasonal ale with bright and crisp NW hops, I was thinking something along the lines of SNPA.

Smell is buttery caramel malts, faint citrus.

Taste is also heavy on the crystal malt, lemony hops provide more sour then brightness. Seems like it might be past it's prime (judging by the description, yet it's barely spring here, and I don't think this has been out for more the 6 weeks, and was purchased from a fridge. Taste is a little thick on the malts, not bad, but I could use less diacetyl and specialty grains, more hop brightness. Maybe it just staled really fast...

Mouthfeel is heavier then it is in the belly, but there is a drier crispness to it.

Drinkability is okay for what it is, a strong pale ale. But not what I was hoping for or expecting after reading the label. Decent price at least.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden amber with a thin head that leaves a fair lace. Smell is light, but floral hops are there with malt in the back. Taste has a strong grapefruit bitter that seems out of balance with the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. They call this "blonde" a session ale on the bottle, but to me it's more towards an IPA.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a tall off white colored head.

Smells mostly malty with a strong caramel candy aroma. Hops are present too in a decent amount pine and wood mostly, C Type Hops. Smells something like a mellowed out Arrogant Bastard but the malt beats the hops in this one.

Starts out dry and hoppy, malt is there but the sugars are gone. Little bit astringent it is a lot like watered down Arrogant Bastard. Actually is a little annoying.

Mouthfeel is average.

An OK beer but nothing special, tastes like a watered down Stone Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thin, bitter golden ale.

Beautiful appearance with endless lacing. Ditto the mouthfeel, with good carbonation and creaminess. Starts with a hint of malt and a refreshing watery taste. But a needless over-bitter hop assault takes over. Quite acidic. No hint of sweetness but maybe a touch of roasted malt. The initial sensation is good, but the aftertaste is so long and so bitter the thrill is soon gone. But I'll save it to mix with Huber's Simpler Times, a cheap, sweet lager begging for a kiss of the heavy hops.

So this is a matter of taste, but it seems like sharp, highly hopped ales should be in the Pale Ale category.

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Photo of mtwentz
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz into a Station U-Brew pint.

pours a clear orange/gold. nice white head sticks around for awhile, puffy lumps of clouds.

smells of yeasty bread dough. very slight bitterness lies beneath.

nice dry hop bitterness upfront, followed by that medium maltiness, absorbed by a bitter malt finish.

I remember this beer with more pale malt and not so much of that hang-around dry bitterness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served is straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean golden yellow with over an inch of white head, the beer was VERY carbonated, and had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, with some grain scents in the background. The flavor was more balanced than the aroma had led me to expect. The hops upfront were well balanced with a solid grain finish.

The body was typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, a decent beer, worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Spring Reign at a beer store. $3.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dirty brown/gold color and is hazy. Thick foamy white head. A lot of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell strong and sweet. floral and fruity. Smells like over ripe apples or pears.

Taste is a bitter grain flavor up front, with some fruity flavors and bit of a vinaigrette taste along side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly full-bodied for the style. Slightly cloying with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Drinkable, and a little unusual for the style. More body and bitterness than expected. I would have this again in season.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard nikasi label/logo, nice clean and recognizable on this 22. Catchy name too. Pours a rather hazy amber tan color with not much head...but a good bit of sticky lacing.

A very well-balanced brew. Maybe a bit too high in alphas, especially in the finish, but otherwise a good blend of hops to malt.

Aroma is a bit woody, some straw, and a bit of metallic hop spice. Some diacetyl/buttery flavors in here, bleh. Some DMS cooked veggies too. Some grapenut graininess. It aint bad, but its nothing outstanding. I'm glad to see Ninkasi has fixed their spoiled bottle issues and such though. This js just a standard blonde/golden/pa, nothing really off or really exceptional.

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Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm having a hard time believing this is a blonde ale. Its a little too hop forward to fulfill the stylistic component.

A: gold, finger of head, lots of carbonation.

S: Citrus hops and roasted malt are equally prevalent

T: The hops are quite present with citrus flavor but there is a significant, almost lager-like, malt component that dominates.

M: light bodied, moderately carbonated.

D: An easy beer to drink a lot of. Its lager-like characteristic smoothness is made much more enjoyable (imo) by its strong hoppiness (for the style), making this an above average session beer.

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Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle shared on 4.4.11, shared with neighborhood beer partner.

One finger semi-broken creamy white head, medium-slow dissipation, good lacing, over clear straw yellow body surrounded by multiple streams of rising carbonation. Hops dominate the nose, pretty grassy with slight pineyness, dryish bready malts for balance. Taste mirrors nose, not much going on here, fairly light body and mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not very impressed, my least favorite of Ninkasi offerings to date.

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