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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 92
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 SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -40.8%
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.

loren01, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.1%
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
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

itsfreeasinbeer, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of mtwentz
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

mtwentz, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from 22oz bomber.

pours out a slighty-hazy, light-orange. fairly underwhelming head, but did show pretty nice retention.

for me, the aroma was the only so-so component in this beer. it's certainly not too shabby, but either the hops were a bit underwhelming or the alcohol-malt mix was a bit overwhelming

the aforementioned somewhat-lack-of-smell was a set-up! nice big hoppy punch at the outset. hard to believe this is only the advertised 38IBU, not that this avowed hop-head is complaining! malt is still leaving me wanting a bit, but nearly perfect carbonation to round out the mouthfeel, as seems to be commonplace with ninkasi's offerings.

rating drinkability purely on a typical blonde ale being fairly middle-of-the road, i'd go only a '3', but pretend it's an IPA and it's an easy '4' and still certainly sessionable!

robbrandes, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Refreshing Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release 2009--22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--38 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--White lacy medium head. No sediment. Slightly hazy fizzy rich bright gold color. Aromatic mild earthy pine hop toast hint front. Crisp cloying mild sweet butter caramel bisquit rich Golden Ale body. Refreshing smooth balanced hop spice citrus hint clean end. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.00 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Crisp & Refreshing Spring Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Rocky foamy lasting 1/2" mild lace head. No sediment. Clear bright rich gold color. Delicate flowery wheat hint gentle hop front. Crisp mellow sweet medium textured light caramel rich Golden Ale body. Clean refreshing light hop spice mild citrus end. Crisp clean zesty rich tasty not overpowering Golden. Sampled 2/27/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $8.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 2/26/2011.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale Seasonal Release--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Purchased for $3.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 3/5/2011.

3/5/2011 Sampling--Big foamy lacy lasting off white head. Clear thin rich gold color. Delicate floral mild hop light fruit ester hint front. Crisp clean refreshing mild sweet light textured light caramel fruit body. Clean mild hop spice end. Refreshing rich easy Golden Ale.

3/6/2011 Sampling--Rocky lacy medium thick white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Delicate floral hop front. Crisp refreshing mild sweet light textured tasty light malt smooth Golden Ale body. Mild hop clean refreshing citrus hint crisp end. Subtly hopped. Easy to drink.

philbertk, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

industrialswill, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

RoyalT, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

RJLarse, Jun 21, 2010
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.

appenzeller, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  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.

Zorro, May 30, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, May 10, 2010
Photo of dirtbikejunkie
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dirtbikejunkie, May 04, 2010
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.

Overlord, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BDJake, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Flightoficarus, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

beertunes, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

Next review!

ScreamForMe, Mar 08, 2010
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.