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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009

Ninkasi website:
"6% alc./vol. 38 ibus."
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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 257
Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of kdoc8
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard nikasi label/logo, nice clean and recognizable on this 22. Catchy name too. Pours a rather hazy amber tan color with not much head...but a good bit of sticky lacing.

A very well-balanced brew. Maybe a bit too high in alphas, especially in the finish, but otherwise a good blend of hops to malt.

Aroma is a bit woody, some straw, and a bit of metallic hop spice. Some diacetyl/buttery flavors in here, bleh. Some DMS cooked veggies too. Some grapenut graininess. It aint bad, but its nothing outstanding. I'm glad to see Ninkasi has fixed their spoiled bottle issues and such though. This js just a standard blonde/golden/pa, nothing really off or really exceptional.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big fluffy clouds of cream colored head atop a hazy dark orangish copper body. The head slowly shrinks to cloudy clumps and a healthy skim surrounding them. Good lacing. Color is way off for a 'blonde ale' or I'd bump the appearance score up a notch.

Clean nose of light toasted malts with some light floral and citrusy hops. A bit of hay/grass.

Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of toasted malt with a bit of caramel sweetness. A hint of pumpkin(?). Gentle citrusy hops. Finishes pretty dry with a hint of toffee sweetness.

Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation. General mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Overall impression: Nice sessionable beer. A lot more interesting than I expected from a blonde ale. Recommended.

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Photo of mtrentm
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass.

A: Golden/amber color with a slight haze. Has a thin white head with good lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with floral notes lingering in the background.

T: Nice fresh & crisp, grapefruit flavors upfront, with a smooth malt balance middle, finishing with a nice hop kick. (Pretty hoppy for a blonde) Gotta love Oregon & our hoppy brews!!!

M: Smooth & dry mouthfeel, meduim-bodied with a long finish.

D: Very drinkable brew, will be enjoying more of this for sure!

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Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Spring Reign is a dark, murky rust color with a large, light khaki head that leases decent lace. Much darker then I was expecting, the label cites a refereshing seasonal ale with bright and crisp NW hops, I was thinking something along the lines of SNPA.

Smell is buttery caramel malts, faint citrus.

Taste is also heavy on the crystal malt, lemony hops provide more sour then brightness. Seems like it might be past it's prime (judging by the description, yet it's barely spring here, and I don't think this has been out for more the 6 weeks, and was purchased from a fridge. Taste is a little thick on the malts, not bad, but I could use less diacetyl and specialty grains, more hop brightness. Maybe it just staled really fast...

Mouthfeel is heavier then it is in the belly, but there is a drier crispness to it.

Drinkability is okay for what it is, a strong pale ale. But not what I was hoping for or expecting after reading the label. Decent price at least.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Belmont Station last weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet..

rocky 2 finger head... leaves surprising amounts of lace and has great retention.. the brew is slightly hazy gold.

grainy pale malts make up the bulk of the nose.. polished with a bright citric hoppiness... I am enjoying this one... I normally don't care for "blondes".

again alot of clean pale malts with touches of biscuit.. nice citrus hoppiness is bigger than most others that I've tried in the style.. finish is clean with an interesting and pleasant/yet unexpected "earthy" component.. a little bit of floral hoppiness is also present.. The body is light/medium for the style and carbonation is smooth small bubble.. very inviting.

I would compare this with a lite APA with a bigger yet some how dryer pale malt profile.. no caramel in this one... I would buy this one often if I had it available.... it would be just fantastic while working out in a hot Boise summer day.

4/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a thin white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, floral, some citrus, and some malt.

taste is semi-thick, pine, dandelion, grass, some nuts, hops, and a few malts, ends on the dry side and bitter, becomes more bitter as you drink.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at a QFC.. no freshness date.. although it's a spring release...

- Hardly and head as poured at an angle into a tumbler glass... mild lacing.. slightly cloudy, and a nice light copper color.

- Citrus hop aroma and mild caramel malt.. pretty floral as well. Thats about it!

- Ahhh refreshing... great citrus flavor and hop profile... smooth rich malt but balanced and not too sweet. Nice lemon zest/ bitter finish.... A true Oregon Spring ale.

- Bitter and not so chewy mouthfeel.. a bit biscuit-like.. a little dry..

- Quit drinkable.. perfect carbonation... and smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

Recommend a try at least.. but not a top pick.. especially from this brewer.. and I am shooting myself for missing an Oaked Cask of Tricerahops last night...

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Bright amber/orange in colour, good sized off white head. Lots of citic hoppiness in the aroma ,backed by a good malt. Flavour is very lemony /orange hoppiness, bright and breezy, though you can tell the malt backing underneath is strong and consistent. Nice mouthfeel..great hoppy after taste. Very nice, excellent strong pale.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my snifter, the beer is dark orange with a nice off white head. Retention is good and there is some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of toasted caramel malt with a very interesting hop profile. It's pungent floral, medicinal, and slightly citrus. Flavor is slightly malty up front and segues into a strange medicinal, metallic, floral hop profile. To be honest, it's quite strange and tastes like lead with some alcohol. The beer is quite bitter with a strange, off hop flavor.

Light bodied with with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this. The metallic and medicinal hop finish was too much.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good fluffy head, golden amber in color with slight haze.

S- A slight fruity berry smell with the presence of hops.

T- The taste is nutty, and the combined flavors give a coffee taste weird. There is a earthy tone to this for sure. If looking at the bottle and drinking this it almost embodies a fresh spring rain. Very hearty and tasty for such a light colored brew.

M- Solid mouth feel.

D- Very easy to drink, great solid brew.

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Photo of Floydster
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle just received in the mail from 5000, thanks for this brew Andre, nice extra from a new brewery for me, poured into my Firestone pint glass, currently drinking

A-Golden orange with red tints, one inch soapy white head, decent retention, very nice lacing at first, pillow eventually formed in the middle
S-Pine, grassy accents, toasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, light caramel, butter, and crackers
T-Starts off with a big grapefruit taste, fades into some grapefruit, nice toasty bread in the middle, hoppiness in the finish that are piercing for a blonde, tastes very fresh overall and has a nice dry aftertaste, nicely balanced
M-Dry, toasted, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lasts a long time for its style
D-Hard to believe this stuff is even six percent, seems like half of that, goes down very easy, light on the stomach, great drinkability

One of the more flavorful blondes out there, would make a nice session beer, nice seasonal with a nice Northwest hop presence, wish this stuff was available in my neck of the woods, recommended

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Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this is the first beer I have had from Ninkasi, and if the label hadn't been so bright and appealing on a crappy Seattle day I might not have picked it. Right now I am glad to have bought it. A slightly vigorous pour gives it a light amber orange color with a 2 finger head, and a slight head retention and good lacing. Smell is mostly fresh hops with a little bit of light malt in the background. Taste is orange zest and floral hops, with a bit of roasted malt. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer, and makes me think of how some of the better pale ales out there would be if they were fresh.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle. Slightly hazed amber with one finger of off white head. (gentle pour) Good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is citrus grapefruit orange hops and strong support from the sweet malts. Tasted like a nice West Coast Pale Ale to my palate. Easy drinker, very smooth. Medium dry finish. Very fine spring beer. I believe this beer was quite fresh and it is the first time I have seen it on the shelves in the Portland area.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown bomber with glowing light green label, colors of the spring I suppose. Well here we go...

A: a hazy glowing of orange and orangish reds with flat golden hues. The body was topped off with a crowded white head with firm blobs and streaks of lace. A big chunk of crusty foam floated dead center on top

S: biscuit malts and toasted whiffs with a handful of northwest hops. Hops smell of floral, earthy grasses, and pine. Nice nose between hops and mellow caramel smell

T: this beer houses a good interplay of malts and hops. Initially, toasted malts with a slab of caramel flow throughout and then piney, grassy, lemon, and grapefruit. Hop notes streak back to front on the tongue. Finishes crisp and hops have a good snap in the whole mix. Reminds me of a "wet hop" styled brew
Soft toasted notes hang in the balance and with a smack of the tongue are easily noticeable. I am digging this brew with every sip and hop fans should find ample security in this tasty brew

M: has a slight invigorating essence on the tongue that is polished and borderline smooth. Body is mild and goes down good, almost like a good lager but better

D: the bottle says "a session beer that everyone can enjoy" I would agree. Another great and tasty Ninkasi!

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.