Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev +4.5%
A neat little dark yellow to orange gem. Big foam head, great retention, even smelled like spring, flowers and a nice sweet yeast component.
Taste, great honey and floral hop complexity to a very light feeling beer in a good way. The slightest feel of apples and maybe even cinammon (its not just for winter beers). A great hot weather, working outdoors, swimming, shooting beer. And for $3.50, you can't go wrong. Check it out.
08-11-2010 20:54:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic. Tasted several times from tap with consistent results.
I find this brew a little odd... it is labeled as a blonde ale, but is actually a little heavier and more intense than 'blonde' ale would suggest.
A - Good amber hue (already looking like anything except blonde ale), medium head, average lace.
S - lots of malty roasted goodness... again blonde ale?
T - tastes like a pale ale or amber ale, lots of malts and a hint of spice and hops.
M - Medium+ bodied with a thick texture. Again, seems a little rich for being a blonde...
D - Pretty good and decently balanced, but you have to think of this as either an amber or pale ale then you get it.
08-11-2010 20:49:27 | More by cbarrett4
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
Found this at Riteaid for $3.25.
Amber with off white head.
Not the most aromatic...smells like ale.
Nice, balanced flavor. This was a nice reward for a long, hard day slaving in the yard.
I rate this one a solid "GOOD" and would recommend it to anyone curious about trying a slightly bitter, hoppy beer.
07-25-2010 04:49:31 | More by industrialswill
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
07-02-2010 21:52:00 | More by RoyalT
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-21-2010 00:02:08 | More by RJLarse
2.83/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
06-04-2010 07:33:13 | More by appenzeller
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
05-30-2010 03:12:54 | More by Zorro
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
From a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The Spring 'Reign' pours a hazy lemon straw with half an inch of white foam. Retention is light but keeps a thin cap throughout the glass.
Light grain and hay on the nose, touch of lemony hops. Warming brings forth a bit of earth with a lightly ferrous touch, which does dissipate after a couple minutes fortunately. Somewhat light overall.
Coarse and grainy in flavor with a return of lemon/orange citrus that lingers through the finish and accompanies some lightly toasted grain. Offers a moderate body for the style given its texture, with a good balance of background citric sweetness, though not bitter by any means. Rather heavy in character for a Blonde Ale, adding some depth to the style. Nice drinkability overall and rather dry on the finish, yet a firm carbonation holds up to give the beer a creamy feel. Tastes like there's a fair amount of wheat in the mix.
05-10-2010 03:20:25 | More by HalfFull
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
I have found this beer a SURPRISING personal favorite. I picked this beer up looking for a lighter, refreshing "lawn mower" beer during a camping trip. Which I would enjoy this beer mowing the lawn but also found this a great dinner beer. I may sound way off here compared to the other reviews, but I think this is a fairly complex beer that is not over the top but has many subtle tastes. I rarely "stock up" on any one beer, especially in bombers, but this is one I am buying 2 bombers at a time.
A: Apricot orange, slightly cloudy. Small white head with moderate lacing.
S: citrus, roasted almonds
T: initially a moderate roasted nut taste, followed by light grapefruit. Finish is slightly tart and on the dry side.
M: great medium body
D: I can easily put down a 22oz and would enjoy a 2nd during a long afternoon or bbq.
05-04-2010 14:58:39 | More by dirtbikejunkie
2.17/5 rDev -38.9%
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.
04-29-2010 17:49:33 | More by Overlord
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a light orange with a finger of white head. Attractive lace and head retention.
S: Toasted malt, cracked wheat notes, with some hay like hops.
T: The cracked wheat, husky grainy malt component comes in on the flavour initially. Hay and grass form the hop flavours, with a noticable metal/copper undercurrent, with some very bitter melon like notes at the finish, surprising for only 38 IBUs.
M: Crisp with some biting carbonation. On the light-bodied side. Quite smooth if not the cleanest finish.
D: Solid stuff. One of the cheapest new bombers I've seen in a while, a nice brew for spring.
04-28-2010 22:23:50 | More by Halcyondays
3.8/5 rDev +7%
After receiving much flack from many BA's on my original review, I recently picked up another bottle to give a more fair review on a fresh product. Here's round two:
A- Pours a mostly clear apricot-orange with a fluffy head that retained and laced well.
S- Hoppy up front with an underlying touch of sweetness.
T- Piney, citrusy hops with a nice malt backbone to it.
M- Light body with lively combination and a dry finish.
D- Pretty good, although a blonde it is not- a pale more like it.
04-23-2010 19:58:47 | More by BDJake
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Serving type - 22 oz bottle into Carlsberg glass :)
A - pours a nice, copper-amber color, with moderate head/lacing
S - Caramel malts, orange, grapefruit, floral hoppy notes. Sort of along the lines of an IPA or American Pale Ale, but a bit more subtle.
T - Nice, biscuit-like, slightly bready malt profile with caramel notes, with orange notes and floral hop kick at the end. Very much along the lines of an APA, despite being categorized as a blonde ale on here.
M - Medium bodied, super smooth texture. Just the right amount of carbonation.
D - Highly sessionable stuff, but flavorful too. Great at offering the best of both worlds!
Overall - This is a nice "spring ale" as they call it, that will probably appeal to fans of pale ale, and mellower IPA's. It may be raining here in WA, but this brew already has me in the spring mood, lol.
03-30-2010 07:05:53 | More by Flightoficarus
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer is a clear copper-amber color with a centimeter of resilient, sticky foam. The aroma combines caramel malt and flowery hops. The body is medium in body as sweet and grainy malt spill into a moist center. The mixture of hops is pleasant with both pine and citrus notes. This is a nice drinkable beer. I am not sure about the American Blonde Ale category, though. This beer reminds me more of an American Pale Ale.
03-19-2010 21:07:05 | More by BeardedBoffin
3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-13-2010 22:37:57 | More by beertunes
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
On tap last week...
Not being much of a hop oriented BA, I tried this for the heck of it.
Imperial pint pour.
A good 1 inch head with some lacing. Moderate hop aroma coming from the glass.
Taste was very smooth. A good balance of hop and malt for a non hop head. Very drinkable.
I would drink this again on draft if I was in the mood....
03-08-2010 01:28:00 | More by ScreamForMe
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
Aggressively poured into tulip...
A: Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice three finger head that falls slowly leaving behind pretty exceptional sticky webbed lacing and a bit of frothy pillowy head remains on top.
S: Bready caramal malt that comes across with just a hint of must and not overly sweet. Citrus hops, primarily grapefruit with a hint of tangerine, not overly strong either, pretty spot on for a pale. Just a hint of lemon rind as well.
T: Follows the nose and the flavors are all present, but a little out of balance it seems. The citrus hits first followed quickly by the bready malt and then some more citrus kicks in and then the caramel comes through followed by a big finish of bitter hops and lemon zest. Again, nice flavors and its good but just needs to be better balanced.
M: Light medium body with very active carbonation and a long bitter finish that leaves the palate dry and thirsty for more.
D: Pretty drinkable, the dry finish keeps you coming back for more and the flavors are nice, just needs to be balanced.
02-20-2010 02:36:19 | More by RedBrewer83
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Out-of-focus apricot with a light blush of coral red and edges of Sunkist orange. What a wonderful hue. Two fingers of toasted almond colored suds are perched atop the beer. Good longevity and abundant sea foam lace make the appearance score an easy call.
The aroma is too tame, which makes me think that American blonde ale is a better choice than APA. The hop bill is well-chosen: Simcoe, Santiam and Ahtanum. Unfortunately, it's more fruit peel musky and floral than tropical fruity. In other words, the Simcoe don't dominate like I'd like.
Spring Reign Ale is delicious beer and really is more of an American pale ale than a blonde. It has more toasted maltiness than most blondes and it has more hop bitterness as well... even though we're now two seasons removed from the release. The 38 initial IBUs don't appear to have taken much of a hit.
The malt really isn't that toasted on the palate. Biscuity pale malt is well out in front. The Tettanger-like Santiam lead the way, with grapefruit citrusy Ahtanum and tropical fruity Simcoe several lengths behind. Why do I often use a horse race analogy when talking about flavor profile? In any case, this is a still-hoppy brew that is a pleasure to drink.
There isn't a thing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's closer to medium than light, and manages to deliver a silky suppleness that is probably the result of near perfect carbonation. Good job NBC.
Spring Reign Ale is at least as good as Radiant Summer Ale. Why stop there Ninkasi? Give us something for the autumn and winter seasons that is just as hoppy and just as good. More hoppy and better would work too.
08-31-2009 13:07:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: clear, light golden color with three-finger head which dissipated slowly.
Smell: bright, spicy hops are right up front; this smells like an IPA.
Taste: slightly sweet, the malt flavors are apparent. The hops are quite present (and pleasant) in flavor, bit it is not overly bitter; this is a well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-light with not a huge amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: while the hops flavor are pretty intense, this would be a good beer to down on a hot day at a barbecue.
This beer reminds me quite a lot of Bridgeport IPA, actually.
08-01-2009 22:15:43 | More by flagmantho
2.5/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
06-29-2009 06:53:43 | More by kdoc8
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
The Spring Reign is a good looking brew. Poured a light straw color with a strong foam head and some good wave like lacing.
The aroma was biscuity with a hint of noble. The taste was sharp and it finished creamy. Definitely got the idea that this was mostly malt dominated brew. Out of the few that I have tried of this style it is tops. On the end of the drink you get a nice bitterness that is light on the palate. Overall this seasonal is well worth trying out.
05-31-2009 22:05:11 | More by cswhitehorse
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from 22oz. Bomber into Pint glass.
Pours a hazy orangish-gold color with a frothy white head that turns to a light ring around the glass. Aroma is of caramel, slight citrus and a touch of butter/diacetyl but it isn't that vibrant. Flavor mirrors the aroma except for more citrus hops with some toasty malts. Its a light bodied beer that is slick because of the present diacetyl. Its a decent beer out of the bottle but the tap version was seemed much fresher and more flavorful.
05-20-2009 04:34:06 | More by DiabolikDUB
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-01-2009 03:53:04 | More by SurlyDuff
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.
Big fluffy clouds of cream colored head atop a hazy dark orangish copper body. The head slowly shrinks to cloudy clumps and a healthy skim surrounding them. Good lacing. Color is way off for a 'blonde ale' or I'd bump the appearance score up a notch.
Clean nose of light toasted malts with some light floral and citrusy hops. A bit of hay/grass.
Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of toasted malt with a bit of caramel sweetness. A hint of pumpkin(?). Gentle citrusy hops. Finishes pretty dry with a hint of toffee sweetness.
Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation. General mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Goes down smoothly and easily.
Overall impression: Nice sessionable beer. A lot more interesting than I expected from a blonde ale. Recommended.
04-30-2009 16:47:04 | More by PDXHops
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from a 22 into a pint glass.
A: Golden/amber color with a slight haze. Has a thin white head with good lacing.
S: Citrus hop aroma with floral notes lingering in the background.
T: Nice fresh & crisp, grapefruit flavors upfront, with a smooth malt balance middle, finishing with a nice hop kick. (Pretty hoppy for a blonde) Gotta love Oregon & our hoppy brews!!!
M: Smooth & dry mouthfeel, meduim-bodied with a long finish.
D: Very drinkable brew, will be enjoying more of this for sure!
04-19-2009 19:48:18 | More by mtrentm
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.