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Spring Reign | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"6% alc./vol. 38 ibus."

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 281
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pours yields less than an inch of head, which rapidly recedes. Color is orangey with just a hint of haze.

Citrus and grassy hops on the nose.

Grassy hops, earthy tones on the mouth. Bit of pepper. There's a lingering bitterness.

Nice medium-low carbonation. Feels kinda thick for what it is.

I'm not really sure what an American Blonde Ale is supposed to be, other than a marketing gimmick. I feel it's too hoppy for the style, and consequently would make a better pale ale. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle into a pint glass. Golden pour to light amber once in the glass. A nice half finger of head formed and held.
Wow, honeysuckle, lime and grapefruit in the background. An excellent fragrance.
Lots going on in this drink. Soft texture and honey at first, moving to lots of carbonation and a hop kick and ending with a touch of honey again. The first drink was surprising, but after a couple it is nice. It tends towards an IPA with the amount of hops coming through.
It is probably on the edge of its style but that only makes me like it a little more. A little confused with the abrupt changes from honey to hops and back again... but definitely worth a sixer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer after taking a week off (limiting myself to one, two days max a week - it sucks). A big thanks to googzoid10 for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a orange, straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Lots of roasted, bready malts, citrusy and floral hops, slight caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. A nice bitter flavor, not as much citrus taste is noticeable though the floral characteristics do shine. Slight earthy and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, crisp, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Easily quaffable, and that is exactly what I'm doing on such an annoyingly hot day (upper 80's right now, was 90's earlier). Thanks for the great extra!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Whole Foods, SoMa San Francisco on a recent trip, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours clear and bright, a lovely deep golden colour, with a somewhat filmy and pancake-bubble-ridden head. Lacing is very intricate and pleasant, however, and it has a lovely fine bead. Looks pretty nice overall.

Nose is very subdued, with a mild American hop fragrance giving touches of peaches and melon. Slight yeasty overtones, but these are well balanced by the hop characters. Minimal body, and it's quite light overall, but it's fresh and clean and pleasant, nonetheless.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a pleasant bitterness that interleaves itself nicely with a surprising grain huskiness. It adds to the crispness, but the hop flavour—those slightly tropical melon notes—tends to get lost somewhat. Gritty finish, but the lightness overall doesn't make this a big issue.

A decent brew, clean, fresh, bright and drinkable without being all that exciting. But I'm very happy to have some unexcitingly quaffable beer on the roster, and Ninkasi again delivers on that.

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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 Skrumpy
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Light amber color, clear, a moderate head with decent retention. The aroma is light, hibiscus tea, honey, and grain. Light, malty flavor with a bit of citrus hops in the finish. Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Nice summertime beer overall.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 thain709
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Deuane as we strung his hops.

A - Poured with a clear, caramel tinted gold body...carbonation bubbles were racing to the top...a two finger white head formed and slowly fell to a full cap...nice lacing was left

S - Grassy hops, bready and toasted malt, nothing too much going on here...clean and crisp

T - The grassy hops start things off and they come back at the end to add an earthy feel with a touch of bitterness...the malt bill is what shines in this beer...there is a touch of caramel to add some sweetness...the toasted aspect cleans the palate and the bready malt stands out in the middle

M - Light bodied...nice carbonation, clean, crisp

O - This one didn't have too much going on, but it was enjoyable as the temperature was getting warmer...simple, but it keeps you interested

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Photo of Kearneytheking
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/orange color. Poured a thin, wispy white head. Laced in thin, broken rings.

S: Sweet pale malts and wet grain. Citrus and orange hops aroma.

T: Bready pale malts up front. Herbal hop notes in the middle; slightly resiny. Nice bitter in the finish to balance with some lingering herbal hops. Fresh, crisp and fairly clean.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation; I think a bit more would be better. Starts sweet and finishes dry and bitter.

O: Mild, but flavorable. Nice balance.

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Photo of smanghi
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown (Seattle). 22 oz. pours a nice amber color and is fairly clear. Good frothy head out of the bomber with lacing. Malty finish with come caramel notes. Nice fresh, spicy finish and spring-like hence the name.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Drew, for sharing!

A: Slightly hazy, pale orange body capped by an inch of chunky, creamy ecru head. Terrific retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Simple, light, and hop-forward: citrus, grassiness, and some clean bready malt. Plain and pleasant.

T: Follows the nose. Bready malt on top of some brightly citrusy hops. Moderately bitter, fruity finish. Nice, but a little forgettable.

M: Fairly light, moderately carbonated. Ok.

O: I could see this one being a fantastic vehicle for late-boil hops when super-fresh, but after a couple months in the fridge it was just pretty good. I'd rather have a Narragansett Summer, to be honest.

Cheers!

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Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured golden amber in color with a full, frothy, white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty decent head retention with some great lacing as I drank it. Excellent looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy, toasted malts to it. I get some grassy, citrus notes to the hops as well, but the malts seem to be the stronger of the flavors.

The taste shows more of the hops to it. I get a little bit of a resiny, bitter flavor up front, while more of the grassy, herbal, citrus flavors come out in the finish. The toasted, grainy malts are also there throughout the flavor, and lend it some sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and flavorful beer. It wasn't anything outstanding, but was pretty decent. The flavors were pretty well balanced in the taste as well. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost orange and almost clear. Decent head and so-so lacing.

Smells of grains and dirt to me, tho I like the smell of dirt. Light and airy.

Tastes of grains and light, dry lemony hops. Lingering citrus and some dry fields top it off.

Feel is quite rich and smooth, finely silky carbonation, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinks pretty good for the style. Not a huge hit with me but an easy going summer-drinker.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted and biscuit-like malts with some faint floral hops. Flavor very similar to aroma, but I didn't detect the hops at the beginning of the taste. It's light to medium bodied and has a a crisp effervescent mouth feel. It tastes and drinks like a pilsner lager. It finishes dry with an earthy hop bitterness. Overall, Spring Reign is more malty than hoppy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a wine glass in Oregon.

Excellent clarity and carbonation in an amber body. Crisp, near medium body.

Flavor: This has the hop load and bitterness of an IPA. Overly bitter and piney aftertaste with lingering grapefruit peel.

O: recommended for hop heads who favor piney hops and plenty of grapefruity bitterness.

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Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.

Pours almost completely clear amber with a thick but small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

The aroma is like a nice crispy piece of toast with some light earthy hops, pretty grassy actually.

Like the aroma, the taste strikes me as very toasted. Crisp floral hops that remind me of a freshly mowed lawn. Almost gets a little too earthy as the finish has a really grainy character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with good carbonation and a dry bitterness after each sip.

The overly toasted malt character detracts a bit from the overall package for me but it's a nice drinkable bland with a healthy grassy hop profile.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing wrong with this pale ale from ninkasi, but unlike so many of their other beers, this one is just so generic. it could have been made by anyone, there is nothing really distinct about it, and even though i like it, i have higher expectations for these guys, even in a basic pale ale style. a light copper tone to this one, good clarity, and a fine inch of white head. it smells like a pale ale, balanced more than others with a little crystal malt in there for good measure, but its not anywhere near being heavy, and in fact smells quite delicate. the hops in the flavor are more robust than the nose, but they seem mostly bitter, and coupled with the fuller malt thing going on, the beer seems almost inappropriate for spring. it drinks lighter than i am making it sound, and its carbonated really brightly, so that helps too, but i want a bright leafy floral hop thing and i wanted a delicate light springy beer. this says nothing of the season, although i have not been to oregon, so i dont know what their spring is like. maybe its damp and chilly and this beer is perfect, but thats more autumn in my mind. i happily cruised through a pint of this one, but i was looking for more...

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange golden color with white head. Citrus, grass, and light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with some grass and citrus with a light malt backbone.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a golden amber color with a small white head and minimal lacing

S-some bready malt, grassy, hints of citrus

T-bready malt and slight sweet caramel flavor with grassy herbal hop notes and decent bitter finish

F-light body with light carbonation, crisp

O-decent blonde ale with good flavor, would be a decent session beer

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.