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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
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 hreb
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.

hreb, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of JISurfer
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.

JISurfer, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of watchnerd
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.

watchnerd, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
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.

Haybeerman, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of gpogo
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.

gpogo, May 28, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour with steady bead feeding a mostly-gone head that retains shadows of something that looked really good; webbed lace with large bubbles, off-white colour. Quite nice.

Smell is quite metallic but malty. Bit of sourness to it with herbs and phenols and a slight vomit smell as well, just that slight organic acid to it. A bit rich and phenolic for my taste, but not off-putting.

Taste is malty and rich for the most part. Thick toffee flavour with a nutty edge towards the mid, with walnuts and marzipan. Bit of a coppery hop edge towards the back that lasts, but isn't quite strong enough to counteract the wet-dough flavour that comes through late. As you drink more and that phenol-metallic hop character continues to coat the palate, it retains a robustness. Yeah, it's OK.

A bit thin upfront, gets more texture towards the back but still feels a little thin, and empty.

Not a bad brew, can see what they're doing and it's been done pretty successfully, if not outstandingly.

laituegonflable, May 27, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Whole Foods, SoMa San Francisco on a recent trip, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours clear and bright, a lovely deep golden colour, with a somewhat filmy and pancake-bubble-ridden head. Lacing is very intricate and pleasant, however, and it has a lovely fine bead. Looks pretty nice overall.

Nose is very subdued, with a mild American hop fragrance giving touches of peaches and melon. Slight yeasty overtones, but these are well balanced by the hop characters. Minimal body, and it's quite light overall, but it's fresh and clean and pleasant, nonetheless.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a pleasant bitterness that interleaves itself nicely with a surprising grain huskiness. It adds to the crispness, but the hop flavour—those slightly tropical melon notes—tends to get lost somewhat. Gritty finish, but the lightness overall doesn't make this a big issue.

A decent brew, clean, fresh, bright and drinkable without being all that exciting. But I'm very happy to have some unexcitingly quaffable beer on the roster, and Ninkasi again delivers on that.

lacqueredmouse, May 26, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pours yields less than an inch of head, which rapidly recedes. Color is orangey with just a hint of haze.

Citrus and grassy hops on the nose.

Grassy hops, earthy tones on the mouth. Bit of pepper. There's a lingering bitterness.

Nice medium-low carbonation. Feels kinda thick for what it is.

I'm not really sure what an American Blonde Ale is supposed to be, other than a marketing gimmick. I feel it's too hoppy for the style, and consequently would make a better pale ale. Not a bad beer at all.

AWolfAtTheDoor, May 26, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

mactrail, May 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Reagan1984, May 13, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Bookseeb, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with whitish head, decent retention leaving some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet pale malts and herbal hops. Fresh simple and refreshing.

T: Very fresh and crisp, pale malts balanced with herbal hops. A refreshing taste of spring. Tastes pretty much like it smells, a bit sweeter than the nose and a lingering herbal hop taste after each sip.

M: Crisp light body with good carbonation, starts slightly sweet and finishes dry.

O: Solid spring ale from Ninkasi, no real complaints here. Good drinkability, really refreshing.

Azurescens, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost orange and almost clear. Decent head and so-so lacing.

Smells of grains and dirt to me, tho I like the smell of dirt. Light and airy.

Tastes of grains and light, dry lemony hops. Lingering citrus and some dry fields top it off.

Feel is quite rich and smooth, finely silky carbonation, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinks pretty good for the style. Not a huge hit with me but an easy going summer-drinker.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.

Pours almost completely clear amber with a thick but small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

The aroma is like a nice crispy piece of toast with some light earthy hops, pretty grassy actually.

Like the aroma, the taste strikes me as very toasted. Crisp floral hops that remind me of a freshly mowed lawn. Almost gets a little too earthy as the finish has a really grainy character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with good carbonation and a dry bitterness after each sip.

The overly toasted malt character detracts a bit from the overall package for me but it's a nice drinkable bland with a healthy grassy hop profile.

gford217, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of cole2
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great golden-orange color. Weak one-finger head; poor retention.

S: Floral hops with some roasted malt. Smells like its name would suggest.

T: Good floral bitterness with more caramel than hit the nose. Otherwise it's got some bready malts. The bitterness sticks around awhile.

M: Moderate carbonation and maybe slightly heavier than other blondes. Still pretty light-bodied.

O: At 6% abv this is not quite the session beer it claims to be, but it's very easy to drink and tastes pretty good. Wouldn't turn down a free pint, but it's not Ninkasi's best.

cole2, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

jdense, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

FosterJM, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer after taking a week off (limiting myself to one, two days max a week - it sucks). A big thanks to googzoid10 for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a orange, straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Lots of roasted, bready malts, citrusy and floral hops, slight caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. A nice bitter flavor, not as much citrus taste is noticeable though the floral characteristics do shine. Slight earthy and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, crisp, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Easily quaffable, and that is exactly what I'm doing on such an annoyingly hot day (upper 80's right now, was 90's earlier). Thanks for the great extra!

SpdKilz, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of loren01
2.1/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

loren01, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loads of carbonation in this beer. It looks like a spring (blonde) ale should look like, light and crisp, the color is golden yellow, or blonde if you will. It is a little hazy, you can't see through it really at all, which is surprisingly nice. The head is a nice two fingers and it is sticking around for a while, it looks fluffy and pillowy, and completely white. The appearance on this is pretty impressive. The smell is nice, it smells like spring! It just smells super refreshing and nice and crisp. It has a nice light hop smell and a sweet malty finish on the smell as well. It also smells a little citrusy and it might have some floral notes as well. A little complex, but not too much on the smell, either way it smells nice! Not as much flavor as I would have liked on the taste. The hops and malts are really skimping out on this beer. I mean that is kinda to be expected because it is a blonde ale, but it's a little more than I would have liked. On the plus side it is very refreshing, and it has some nice citrus characteristics and some flowery taste to it. It tastes like spring to me, which is really nice, I just wish there was more of that flavor all around. Overall, tasty, but I wish they increased all the flavors one notch! Mouthfeel is pretty good, normal for a blonde ale, and the drinkability is very high, higher than I should give it credit for, the taste would indicate low drinkability, but since I want more of that flavor that I'm only getting a little bit of, and because it's very crisp and refreshing, it just makes me want more and more of it. Overall, a well done beer, not too impressive on the taste, but it is so crisp and refreshing that it makes me want to give it a good grade.

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are nice, fresh green resiny hop nose hits you on the first sniff. I also notice some nice sweet crystal sweet malts.

Taste has nice balance of bready sweet malts, and resiny green hops. Beer almost has a wheat like spicy quality in there as well and a nice crisp mildly bitter and tart lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, soft, smooth, and full.

Overall, I'm impressed. When I read on BA that this was a blonde, I was little upset about my purchase, but man, this a tasty and amped up version of the style.

This might be a spring seasonal, but man, this would be perfect for a warm summer day. Well done Ninkasi, I am fan.

flexabull, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from BevMo Mountain View.

Brilliant clear golden in color with a lasting white head and excellent lacing that totally coats the glass.

The aroma is like a spring rain (I assume that's where the name comes from). Some wet leaves and earth for sure, along with pale malt and herbal notes.

The flavor has pale malt and just a touch of caramel, with considerable hop bitterness, herbal and earthy.

Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and a good lightness to it.

Good stuff, a real beer's beer as I like to say, not something that an old redneck would think was to froofy-froofy, but still tasty. I approve.

nickd717, Mar 21, 2011
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.