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Spring Reign - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
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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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-26-2014 09:49:14 | More by ssgunbond
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

02-09-2013 21:10:39 | More by powdersoldier
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-12-2014 18:12:13 | More by Beerme5
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-07-2014 23:06:40 | More by ckeegan04
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-29-2014 16:33:30 | More by ZachT
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Kylemif

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-31-2013 01:52:40 | More by Kylemif
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pkalix

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-26-2014 22:20:56 | More by pkalix
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-19-2013 19:39:29 | More by dmorgan310
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phys1028

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-05-2014 04:46:10 | More by phys1028
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cole2

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Great golden-orange color. Weak one-finger head; poor retention.

S: Floral hops with some roasted malt. Smells like its name would suggest.

T: Good floral bitterness with more caramel than hit the nose. Otherwise it's got some bready malts. The bitterness sticks around awhile.

M: Moderate carbonation and maybe slightly heavier than other blondes. Still pretty light-bodied.

O: At 6% abv this is not quite the session beer it claims to be, but it's very easy to drink and tastes pretty good. Wouldn't turn down a free pint, but it's not Ninkasi's best.

04-08-2011 00:12:17 | More by cole2
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-13-2013 14:24:12 | More by KStark
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-29-2014 20:39:10 | More by 4ster
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Azurescens

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with whitish head, decent retention leaving some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet pale malts and herbal hops. Fresh simple and refreshing.

T: Very fresh and crisp, pale malts balanced with herbal hops. A refreshing taste of spring. Tastes pretty much like it smells, a bit sweeter than the nose and a lingering herbal hop taste after each sip.

M: Crisp light body with good carbonation, starts slightly sweet and finishes dry.

O: Solid spring ale from Ninkasi, no real complaints here. Good drinkability, really refreshing.

04-28-2011 00:46:00 | More by Azurescens
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Rathakem

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-08-2012 06:07:03 | More by Rathakem
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%

A neat little dark yellow to orange gem. Big foam head, great retention, even smelled like spring, flowers and a nice sweet yeast component.

Taste, great honey and floral hop complexity to a very light feeling beer in a good way. The slightest feel of apples and maybe even cinammon (its not just for winter beers). A great hot weather, working outdoors, swimming, shooting beer. And for $3.50, you can't go wrong. Check it out.

08-11-2010 20:54:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted and biscuit malt, faint hops, reminiscent of a light pilsner. Flavor of mild bready and biscuit malt, sligthly nutty, finishing with dry bittering hops with light herabl notes. Medium bodied. Flavors are appropriate for a light Spring ale; but nothing really stands out and could use slightly more hop flavor to balance the bitterness in the finish. A nice dinner beer with pleasant maltiness.

04-23-2013 01:03:27 | More by LiquidAmber
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-19-2010 21:07:05 | More by BeardedBoffin
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

04-02-2011 01:07:23 | More by SpdKilz
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

05-26-2011 05:54:56 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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philbertk

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

03-01-2011 04:35:00 | More by philbertk
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-01-2011 01:45:40 | More by Fatehunter
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froghop

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

04-11-2009 23:19:10 | More by froghop
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-26-2011 08:39:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.