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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
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 mtwentz
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 +11.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -5.9%
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 -9.6%
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 -20.1%
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 -11.6%
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 +1.1%
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 +19.2%
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 -38.7%
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.

Overlord, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +7.3%
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 +13%
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 +4%
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 -8.2%
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 +8.8%
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
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RedBrewer83, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

flagmantho, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of kdoc8
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

kdoc8, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

cswhitehorse, May 31, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DiabolikDUB, May 20, 2009
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.