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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

forestkcary, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

b-one, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

JusMicRus, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Sokool
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sokool, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -15.3%

marct, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

IRONRakkasan, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Nerudamann
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

Nerudamann, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

dmorgan310, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Kearneytheking
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Kearneytheking, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

frozenjogurt, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

neckbeered, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of praxis16
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

praxis16, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

vkv822, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

drgonzo2k2, Jun 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Geno206, May 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

XRAIG, May 30, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

archyquaffer, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

bh123, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

tenaciousp65, May 21, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

SMITHAND, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Chris-MOC9, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

KStark, May 13, 2013
Photo of sam_bliss
3.86/5  rDev +9%

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.

sam_bliss, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

Seanibus, May 08, 2013
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.