Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.11/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-01-2013 03:01:04 | More by Nerudamann
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-17-2013 21:37:40 | More by Kearneytheking
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-08-2013 07:33:45 | More by vkv822
3.48/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-29-2013 01:12:10 | More by archyquaffer
3.86/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-10-2013 03:32:22 | More by sam_bliss
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
05-08-2013 01:58:49 | More by Seanibus
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.