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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
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towlea25

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-07-2012 23:36:16 | More by towlea25
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hannaho

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

01-03-2012 16:51:10 | More by hannaho
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WertMaker

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-02-2012 03:46:01 | More by WertMaker
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Dunkelhund

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-19-2011 17:55:58 | More by Dunkelhund
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inflatablechair

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-12-2011 00:22:28 | More by inflatablechair
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SRossman

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

12-04-2011 21:27:13 | More by SRossman
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Matthew Wilson for this one. This spring ale has been sitting around for a while now, and it may be bottle conditioned, as it gushed just a bit when finally opened.

It's got a nice appearance, with an amber color and a great slightly off-white head. Nice retention keeps a thin cap all the way through. A little cloudy, but I don't mind.

Interesting aroma. Honey malt, spicy, floral hops, and a sour, catty note too. I can see the "vomit" descriptor. I like it, though.

Flavor starts out sweet, honey malt again, grassy, grapefruit hops, a bit of bread in the finish but mostly bitter, spicy hopes. There's some sourness in the flavor again.

Medium-light body. Dry finish, but mouthwatering at the same time. Very nice.

Overall, it is a little unbalanced and doesn't seem to match the style it claims, but I really like it nonetheless. Would love to try it again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:54:59 | More by AaronHomoya
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

11-29-2011 06:46:39 | More by twelveinches
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev +13%

11-22-2011 05:43:03 | More by IpeeA
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-19-2011 05:26:59 | More by CoryR
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hoesweizen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +13%

11-18-2011 19:22:32 | More by hoesweizen
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gkangas

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%

11-18-2011 05:26:33 | More by gkangas
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle into a pint glass. Golden pour to light amber once in the glass. A nice half finger of head formed and held.
Wow, honeysuckle, lime and grapefruit in the background. An excellent fragrance.
Lots going on in this drink. Soft texture and honey at first, moving to lots of carbonation and a hop kick and ending with a touch of honey again. The first drink was surprising, but after a couple it is nice. It tends towards an IPA with the amount of hops coming through.
It is probably on the edge of its style but that only makes me like it a little more. A little confused with the abrupt changes from honey to hops and back again... but definitely worth a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:45:40 | More by Fatehunter
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted and biscuit-like malts with some faint floral hops. Flavor very similar to aroma, but I didn't detect the hops at the beginning of the taste. It's light to medium bodied and has a a crisp effervescent mouth feel. It tastes and drinks like a pilsner lager. It finishes dry with an earthy hop bitterness. Overall, Spring Reign is more malty than hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 06:34:43 | More by notsoprobeer
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Drew, for sharing!

A: Slightly hazy, pale orange body capped by an inch of chunky, creamy ecru head. Terrific retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Simple, light, and hop-forward: citrus, grassiness, and some clean bready malt. Plain and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose. Bready malt on top of some brightly citrusy hops. Moderately bitter, fruity finish. Nice, but a little forgettable.

M: Fairly light, moderately carbonated. Ok.

O: I could see this one being a fantastic vehicle for late-boil hops when super-fresh, but after a couple months in the fridge it was just pretty good. I'd rather have a Narragansett Summer, to be honest.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 15:14:57 | More by woosterbill
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dgilks

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a creamy off-white head. Fair head retention.

Light grainy malt aroma with a touch of grassy hop character.

Clean and smooth malt with moderate bitterness. Not much hop flavour but what there is is grassy. Nonetheless, a very easy drinking sessionable ale.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A balanced sessionable ale with just a touch of hop. Great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 11:32:11 | More by dgilks
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smanghi

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown (Seattle). 22 oz. pours a nice amber color and is fairly clear. Good frothy head out of the bomber with lacing. Malty finish with come caramel notes. Nice fresh, spicy finish and spring-like hence the name.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:42:04 | More by smanghi
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hreb

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:58:56 | More by hreb
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 21:47:22 | More by JISurfer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:14:28 | More by canucklehead
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watchnerd

California

4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:56:55 | More by watchnerd
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billab914

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured golden amber in color with a full, frothy, white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty decent head retention with some great lacing as I drank it. Excellent looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy, toasted malts to it. I get some grassy, citrus notes to the hops as well, but the malts seem to be the stronger of the flavors.

The taste shows more of the hops to it. I get a little bit of a resiny, bitter flavor up front, while more of the grassy, herbal, citrus flavors come out in the finish. The toasted, grainy malts are also there throughout the flavor, and lend it some sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and flavorful beer. It wasn't anything outstanding, but was pretty decent. The flavors were pretty well balanced in the taste as well. Decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 23:17:48 | More by billab914
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/orange color. Poured a thin, wispy white head. Laced in thin, broken rings.

S: Sweet pale malts and wet grain. Citrus and orange hops aroma.

T: Bready pale malts up front. Herbal hop notes in the middle; slightly resiny. Nice bitter in the finish to balance with some lingering herbal hops. Fresh, crisp and fairly clean.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation; I think a bit more would be better. Starts sweet and finishes dry and bitter.

O: Mild, but flavorable. Nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 15:18:51 | More by Haybeerman
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a fizzy white head. Very lively.

S - Malty, sweet, and floral.

T - Tastes like a bold lager - Malty but crisp and floral.

D - Drinks light, slight bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 08:20:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
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gpogo

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:37:44 | More by gpogo
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.