Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +6.8%
I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange with a thin white head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing clinging lightly.
The smell was basically a light grassy, Lemon, orange and a light caramel malts.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors.
The mouthfeel had a fairly decent smooth sessionability about it - as it's slightly refreshing. Carbonation was fairly low but not bothersome.
Overall, decent Summer APA, but nothing to go apeshit about.
06-18-2014 07:28:20 | More by SitkaSteve
3.76/5 rDev +7.1%
not totally sure how this one qualifies as a summer ale, its huge for a summer pale ale at 6% abv and packs a lot f grain body into this intensely hopped beer. love it, but it doesn't match the season well. well, maybe in oregon it does, i don't know. some serious radiant orange to the color, as the name suggests. well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles and a bright white head. it smells more bitter than anything else, but i gather some light pine notes from the hops, more dry, like pine cone rather than what we are used to when we think of pine family hops. bigger malt base gives plenty of body and just a touch of caramel sugar to the front end of the flavor and the middle before very very bitter hops take over. this seems to be a theme with ninkasi hop forward beers. the trice
rahops and the total domination were both pungently bitter, and while this one is less so, it follows in that vein. excellent carbonation lightens it up just a bit, but its still a rather filling beer, especially for a warm weather offering. very well made, sturdy as they come, intensely hopped. similar to nothing, i liked this a lot.
03-18-2014 18:53:06 | More by StonedTrippin
3.7/5 rDev +5.4%
Today I had dental work done. That sucked. But now I have beer, which doesn't suck.
Tonight I went with this beer because it was cheap and not too strong and I've liked Ninkasi's brews in the past.
APPEARANCE: Mostly clear golden orange...somewhere around SRM 9. There's some sediment floating around in the bottle that make me think I'm about to drink a Belgian Golden Ale or something. I can't recall seeing sediment in a pale ale.
NOSE: Straw, grass, mild lemon/lime that seems to get more pronounced with each smell. Yeast. Reminds me a little of a saison. I really love the aroma of this, though it's not what I was expecting.
TASTE: Not too much going on. Sweet malt, faint breadiness. There's that citrus zest from the nose. It says on the bottle the hops are earthy and floral - both are accurate but I'd say it's the latter that shines more. Perfume/fragrant. It's a little on the astringent side.
MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied and lots of carbonation.
FINISH: Very dry, with a citrusy/fragrant astringency. Not enough to be an immediate turnoff, but I don't really like the finish.
OVERALL: Radiant is okay. Nothing special, but not bad, either. I love the nose on this beer, and I really enjoy the mouthfeel. This would be a lovely summer-time beer, and if they sold it in smaller bottles (or even cans) I'd be inclined to pick it up from time to time. But I feel the floral/fragrant hops are just a bit too much. I'd recommend this beer, but it's not their best.
01-16-2014 06:02:58 | More by cxr1037
British Columbia (Canada)
3.44/5 rDev -2%
A: cloudy gold/copper, with a big billowy head that slowly dissipates leaving lots of lacing around the glass.
S: some citrusy hop notes, a bit of grassiness, some floral notes.
T: This seems more like an IPA than a pale ale to me. In other words, I actually kind of like it.
F: medium/thin, crisp.
O: I wouldn't buy this again, but it's certainly not awful or anything. I just didn't love it.
11-13-2013 00:17:20 | More by souvenirs
Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.