Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Radiant Summer AleRadiant Summer Ale

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
6% alc./vol. 40 IBUs
Millenium, Galena, Northern Brewer, Liberty hops. Dry-hopped with Liberty.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009)
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Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of forsport
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The boys at Ninkasi tweeked the recipe for this year. They backed off the hops to make it more warm weather friendly. A nice smooth malty character with hops present but not over the top. It is 6 percent making it somewhere between a session beer and a one and done.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of darjoh
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass.

I have been really liking the Ninkasi brews, and this Radiant fits. I think it has a nice balanced color, and very balanced taste. Slow and few carbonation bubbles, light sticky lace.

Overall for me, a nice summer brew. Goes down nice after a hard day of summer yard work.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Airyk12
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a small, off white head that leaves a few rings down the glass.

Pine, some citrus, and floral notes are strong, with a little malt and hint of breadiness.

Lots of citrus and some pine with a hint of floral notes. Bitterness is mild, balanced by some good malts.

Well carbonated, light body. Crisp and smooth.

Clean and fresh. Just what a good summer brew should be. Not the most complex or flavorful beer, but definitely great for a warm day.

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light golden orange with white head

citrus, pine, biscuity malt, slight resiny notes

grapefruit upfront with solid pine and resiny hops leading to a slight bready malt body. somewhat dry hop finish

light bodied, solid hops without being too strong but with a strong, hoppy, slightly spicy finish

smooth, crisp, refreshing delicious. a great summer pale, not as light as the spring reign

Photo of RJLarse
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Radiant Summer Ale at a beer store. $4.29. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a tarnished copper color and is slightly hazy. Frothy white head, is very resilient. The beer appears well carbonated with many bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is sweet and fruit or candy-like. Apricots, pears and brown sugar. There are also some spice notes along side, coriander or cinnamon perhaps.

The taste is also fairly sweet, pears and lemons up front, with a bit of a biscuit presence, and then a slightly acerbic finish, like red wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and clean, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

A drinkable pale ale, and reasonably priced in the large format bottle. I would have this again, but I probably wouldn't hunt it down.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Hazy golden-amber color with what appears to be tiny traces of sediment. Two and a half fingers of white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Citrus hop aroma up front. Fruity and pale malty aroma underneath.

Taste: Bordering on IPA territory. Beautiful understated malty flavor with plenty of bitter piney and grapefruit hops, and a touch of tart fruitiness. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing with plenty of flavor to go along with it. Top marks.

Final Notes: Yet another great brew from Ninkasi. A summer beer with some serious flavor (they seem hard to find). Check it out.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty solid one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is completely white and has a good amount of big bubbles, but also a lot of small ones, about 50/50. The bubbles look ok, not a fan of the big ones, but the small ones look nice, somewhat fluffy. The beer is leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body is a classic pale ale appearance, reddish orange, very good body for a pale ale, this is what a pale ale should look like. The body is pretty see through for the most part, not very cloudy, but it is dark enough that I can't see strait through it. The carbonation looks like it's on the low end, but we will see when we taste the beer. Overall the appearance is very nice, the head has died down but a solid layer of foam is on top of the body. The smell is very good, excellent balance between malts and hops. I hate pale ales that skimp out on the hops, and this one for sure doesn't, it's got a nice hop character, and a solid malt body as well. There also might be some light fruit in the smell, but really overall it just smells like a solid pale ale. This should be a very good beer from Ninkasi, bottoms up! Well that taste is a whole that more complex than I thought it would be on the smell, WOW. It has a lot of levels. First is a very legit hop bitterness, followed by some sweet malt flavors and perhaps some fruit. The bitterness lingers for quite some time and unfortunately turns into a little bit of a gross aftertaste. I don't know if I just have a bad batch or something, or if my palate is off (I had crackers recently, but I did rinse my mouth with water thoroughly), or what the deal is, but the aftertaste is very unpleasant. The best way I can describe it is black licorice, that's what it taste like. Some people might like that, but I HATE black licorice. Whether this taste is intentional or not I don't know, it's very odd to have in a pale ale....either way I'm not a fan of it. I'm reaching the conclusion though that this taste probably isn't the beer, there is a chance that it is, but I'm going to cut it a break this time and say that it's my palate, because it doesn't really seem like it's the beers doing. Overall on the taste (ignoring my stupid palate) it's got a very nice hops character, mild fruit, good malt body, not as crisp and light as some pale ales, but I don't care, it's a real champion, not a wussy beer! Good taste. Frankly if this licorice taste that I get is the beers fault, it's really not a deal breaker, it's only noticeable when I try really hard to taste it. As for the mouthfeel, it's solid, not too much carbonation, perfect carbonation in fact. The body is big enough for the style, not huge or extremlely thick, but thick enough, finishes somewhat dry. Drinkability isn't bad at all for 6% ABV, and considering the amount of hops, it goes down pretty easily. Overall a really good pale ale from Ninkasi, one of there better beers for sure. Also let it be noted that this after taste is almost for sure not caused by the beer, and on the slight off chance that it is, who cares? It's still a great tasting beer.

This beer is really complex and I notice more and more things as I drink it, I get a wheat flavor as the beer warms, who knows to because there is a crap load of sediment in this beer. I'm also getting a darker fruit flavor here, I dunno this beer is just super complex and I wish I hadn't gone all nuts over the aftertaste because this is really a good beer, very deserving of a B+.

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker pint. Handsome orange body with a nice creamy cap of off-white foam. Plentiful sticky lacing up top, tapering down to scattered patches below.

A change-of-pace American pale, with little in the way of citrus or pine. Hop aromas are chiefly grassy and herbal with a hint of earth. Plenty of lightly sweet and toasted malt backing that up. Perhaps a touch hoppier tasting than it smells, but it's very well balanced, a crisp drinker that invites repeated sips and, truth be told, pours. An earthy undercurrent provides nice contrast to the brighter grass and hay flavors. A splash of grapefruit shows up at the swallow. A very nice pale ale, and a modest price point to boot.

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