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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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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marct

Nevada

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-06-2013 02:16:01 | More by marct
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-02-2013 21:16:34 | More by IRONRakkasan
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium golden color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - slightly musky aroma, but with a hint of citrus. Definitely more malty than hoppy, at least in the aroma.

Taste - sweet sense of maltiness to begin with, but quickly turns bitter. I can't quite taste the hops, but you can certainly feel them in the taste, which seems a little strong for this style.

Mouthfeel - medium body, a little on the creamy side.

Overall - Not a bad brew, but seems a little off for this style. Not bad in general though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:01:04 | More by Nerudamann
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-19-2013 19:39:29 | More by dmorgan310
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a big ol' bottle that was given to me as a gift. A Portland local said it was one of the more popular breweries at the time (Spring 2013) so I was a bit excited. Can't testify for said person's beer IQ though.

Just a quick review of this beer - I was in awe by the color. It was a deep beautiful orange- I was expecting it to be a much more pale beer. The smell was floral and hoppy without much else being present. That's how it drank as well. Pretty simple, basic pale ale. I could see myself drinking these pretty easily, but not a beer I'd go out of my way to find.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 21:37:40 | More by Kearneytheking
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frozenjogurt

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-12-2013 03:43:05 | More by frozenjogurt
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neckbeered

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-10-2013 20:31:52 | More by neckbeered
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praxis16

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

06-08-2013 09:31:04 | More by praxis16
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vkv822

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Hazy golden wheat colored with a foamy, off white head, nice lacing.

Light floral, biscuit in the nose.

Palate follows the nose with toasty, biscuit malts and earthy, floral, herbal hops,

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An interesting pale ale, or blonde, or whatever you want to call it. It seems more of an English take on the style, and with that in mind, is quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 07:33:45 | More by vkv822
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +13%

06-06-2013 23:45:37 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Geno206

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-31-2013 05:32:45 | More by Geno206
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XRAIG

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-30-2013 04:55:04 | More by XRAIG
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby in a Shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of frothy, creamy, light tan head, fed by multiple queues of rising carbonation that cause it to stick around for awhile. The lace clings to the glass in thick rings. The color is a medium dark, reddish-golden.

I don't get a real strong hop smell in the aroma, but my sense of smell is quite bad, leaving me to rely on taste-aroma and burps. Nevertheless, floral and earthy hops are evident in the overall taste, which is relatively well-balanced, with a malty sweetness counterpoised by moderate hop bitterness. I detect some fruitiness, but I can't quite describe the fruit- it is somewhat like a semi-sweet apple. I like that I can detect at least some flavors like this, and not just hops...The mouthfeel is fairly pleasant, partially on account of the froth.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Some of the beers from this brewery are a bit hoppy for my taste, but this one is pretty close to what I prefer. It's also a bit more ale-like than some other "blonde" ales that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:12:10 | More by archyquaffer
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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-25-2013 04:25:19 | More by bh123
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tenaciousp65

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

05-21-2013 00:54:52 | More by tenaciousp65
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SMITHAND

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-18-2013 03:35:13 | More by SMITHAND
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-14-2013 02:56:41 | More by Chris-MOC9
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-13-2013 14:24:12 | More by KStark
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sam_bliss

Washington

3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark blonde color with a little white head on top. Smells super citrusy, yet full malts come through in the nose as well. The typical white grapefruit and evergreen hop tastes that we associate with Ninkasi are not restrained in this brew. Some roasted flavors combined with caramel and pale malts to provide a much stronger grain presence and bigger body than most blondes. This one is an American blonde that is not wimpy. One shade blonder than SNPA, with a hint of classic Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:32:22 | More by sam_bliss
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-08-2013 02:43:11 | More by leftoverburrito
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Seanibus

California

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have never warmed much to Ninkasi beers, but I have to admit this is one really outstanding ale. It is crisp and clean with a satisfying lemony bitterness and a tangy hop finish that reminds me of a great kellerbier or pilsner more than a blonde ale.

Pours a sunny yellow-orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is toasty with a lemon edge. The flavor is bright and bitter, with a mouthfilling roundness that grabs the tongue all the way back in the mouth, with some fruit - peach, lemon, apricot - and a rich, throat-filling bitterness on the way down, leaving a bitter tang and a carbonation prickle on the tongue.

Amazingly refreshing and complex for what it is supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:58:49 | More by Seanibus
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-07-2013 06:17:37 | More by jmccraney
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

05-07-2013 03:42:18 | More by smekermann
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a spring beer, this is a surprisingly dark color. Closer to orange amber than yellow, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is disappointing. Toasted malt, biscuit and chalky Cascade hops (grapefruit pith, moderate grapefruit zest) as well as a little bit of pine and a touch of other citrus notes.

The palate opens moderately bitter and surprisingly astringent. It drinks closer to an APA than a blonde ale, with the bitterness being fresh, pungent and with a blend of a German herbal/minty/spicy hop flavors and a secondary American citrus character. The malt character is less noticeable here, with a blend of biscuit and toast. Mildly sweet and moderately oily on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and slightly over-carbonated. The finish has a lingering bitterness that's quite pleasing, with an herbal/minty character. Alcohol is well-hidden, but in all honesty, there's no reason this beer couldn't be brewed at 4.5% - just look at Victory's Summer Love, which combines German hops and a blonde ale remarkably well. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:55:36 | More by DefenCorps
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Lazaro

Florida

4/5  rDev +13%

05-03-2013 04:30:08 | More by Lazaro
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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