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Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Radiant Summer AleRadiant Summer Ale

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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 232
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

6% alc./vol. 40 IBUs
Millenium, Galena, Northern Brewer, Liberty hops. Dry-hopped with Liberty.
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 232
Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Faint aroma but big taste. Pours amber with moderate white foamy head. Aroma seems light(fruit, pine), but taste bursts through, citrus, hops, floral notes, finish is semi dry. Light enough for a hot day, but full enough flavor to be enjoyed.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 03.18.14.

A: See through orange. No head.

S: Sour. It does not smell very good.

T: Tangerine dominates. Tart citrus, malt too.

M: Crisp.

O: The tangerine was nice, but the beer seemed unbalanced. It also had a different flavor than what it smelled like. There are much better APAs than this one.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of cxr1037
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.


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Photo of souvenirs
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle.

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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bottle with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Very beautiful, with a one-and-a-half finger head of frothy bubbles the color of linen. Retention is very durable and there is light lacing that dissipates pretty quickly. The body is a changing collection of shades of orange. Deep amber at its darkest and a golden peachy hue at its lightest.

Smell - Crisp and clean, with elements of buttered fresh biscuit, cracker and some orange zest and green-smelling grassy component. A bit less airy than what I might expect from a summer Pale, but very nice all the same.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is simple and clean, with a nice caramel base complimented by bittering hops that give the impression of dandelions and lightly roasted brussels sprouts. The term "barley tea" really comes to mind as well.

Mouthfeel - A body that is on the light side of medium with moderate carbonation. A slightly bittersweet finish.

Overall, a very tasty APA, and one that is a little more earthy than what I would typically expect from a summer pale ale. Reminds me of some of my favorite year-round pale ales.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice amber with a thin cream lacing. Smells like a typical summer brew. Citrus-y. I like the color and the taste is about on point with the typical Ninkasi brews. I don't know if it's the water or what, but i feel like i can taste a Ninkasi brew 9 out of 10 times. The mouthfeel is what loses me though. Way too thin, definately needs more carbonation. Overall, not a bad brew but definately needs a bit more refining.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a variety pack of Ninkasi beers from Costco.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- floral hops, some malt

Taste- floral, citrus hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Definitely would drink this one again!

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This one has a distinct orange color. It is in the spectrum I like to call IPA Orange.

Smells of toasted grain and mild herbal hops. Faint grapefruit aroma.

Starts out dry and woody. Dry and a little more bitter than I would have expected. Mildly citrus mostly grapefruit with some soda cracker toasted wheat flavor. Slightly more bitter than I would like but it is far from a bad beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent beer, it could be slightly less bitter but it is a good beer if you like a very dry pale ale.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, slight amber color, with about half a finger's worth of cream-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - floral qualities typical of an IPA, but not terribly strong. The beer has almost a sweet essence to it.

Taste - definitely a more powerful bitterness than what I was expecting after the smell. There's the floral essence, at the start and late middle, but the bitterness hits hard in the early middle. The finish is actually pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, slightly creamy.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not extremely strong, probably indeed a good summer ale.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Ponderay, ID. Came in a 22 oz. brown bomber. Pours out a hazed amber hue, short tight foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Bright citrusy hops on the nose, with some rich bready malt balancing it out.

Rich bready malt up front in the flavour, augmented with citrusy, piney, herbal hops throughout, the latter of which lingers on into the aftertaste like the floor of a pine forest. For an APA this stuff has some balls to it.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat watery texture, with some heft from the carbonation at least.

While I enjoyed this for the most part, by the time I finished the bottle I had hit a ho-hum opinion of it. It has a decent hop kick, and the malt manages to hold some presence, however it seems to fall short of its true potential. Good for a hop fix nonetheless.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that memorable.

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Photo of Philousa
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear orange copper with a half finger white head that settles to a thin layer and good retention with slight lacing. Aroma starts with lots of toasted almond with orange citrus and some coppery metal. Not much hop aroma to talk about but some definite bitterness. This thing starts a little bitter with some orange rind. It's definitely roasty, which throws me off. Because of the SRM, I'd think it would be more toasty and less abrasive. The bitterness is present throughout and it tastes like burnt toast on the back of the tongue. The feel is balanced and finish is dry.

This could be good, but the roastiness is too strong. I definitely wouldn't want this on a hot summer day, but it's a little interesting in its own right.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus, floral, and grassy hops with caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts out with a mix of citrus and grapefruit hops with some mild bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some grassy and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some grassy and citrus hops and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good hop profile with a good overall malt and hop balance.

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Photo of colts9016
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is has fair retention. The color of the head is bright white that is foamy and creamy, with some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is orange red with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some carbonation bubbles. Lacing on the glass exist from the head, a promising sign.

Nose: A medium hop aroma that is spicy, floral, pine, and grapefruit. The malt is toasty with hints of caramel and grain. A subtle sweetness, bready and yeasty.

Taste: The hops is spicy and high perfume, and floral. The malt is bready, toasty, and biscuit. Other notes in the beer is orange and a subtle sweetness.

The mouth feel is astringent, carbonated, dry, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is long. Where to start on the this beer. I know that Ninkasi like to have some serious hops in their beers but to me this is an over kill for an APA. The malt back bone in the beer is thin and lacking. The hops are abrasive and harsh. To me, the balance is lacking this beer; however, this beer has potential to being great. I feel that if the malt was more present giving it a bigger body then the harshness in the hops would mellow out a touch. It would make it a great APA.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head. Thick, sticky lacing. Light copper color with high clarity.

S- Grassy, some clear hop smells, ultimately pretty light smell.

T- Light hops, semi-bitter malts without a real strong malt body.

M- Lighter but a creamy finish. Very dry though.

O- Alright. Below average but drinkable.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap and went for it immediately. Good choice.

This poured a toasted straw/amber color with big bubbly white foam. There isn’t much of a discernible aroma to this, at least not something that comes out and makes itself apparent beyond a light, piney grassy aroma. What I do find is all flavor—the first thing I noticed was the thick piney bittering, followed by a resiny, almost tacky finish. It’s borderline hoppy red ale, which is to say its hoppy but has a definite malt profile shared with Ninkasi’s lineup. Effervescence keeps this zippy. Some caramel maltiness comes through as it warms. If I was poetic I’d say something like: ‘it reminds me of caramelized sugar on a slice of French toast.’ As it is, there’s a lot going on here. Some grassy notes, a touch of toasted biscuit and hints of sodium bicarbonate lingering around on the finish all round it out.

Enjoyable. I’d like to try this one on cask.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is...boring. Don't know what to say beyond that. Besides: it seems more like an amber to me as opposed to a pale ale. Odd kind of leafy tone that doesn't seem to fit. Hop spices don't mesh well either with things. Eh. I could've done without trying this one really.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Whiteaker Block Party

A- Poured a dark amber color with a frothy off-white head that left lots of chunky lace. Lots of streaming carbonation

S- Very faint aroma, herbal notes and some sweet malts

T- Lots of herbal bitterness, sweet malts, light citrus like fruity notes, and a lot of breadiness

M- Light bodied, finishes watery, low carbonation

O- An average beer, drinkable, nothing unique, and nothing I would get again

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Photo of zeledonia
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted 25 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright clear medium orange amber. About 1 finger of yellowish off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is bland, with bready and biscuity malts. Toasted. Not much sweetness or hop aroma at all.

Taste is, similarly, dominated by those bready toasted malts, with an herbal, mild bitter bend. But mostly it's faint and bland.

Mouthfeel is fine - medium-light body, carbonation's a little on the low side. Finish is, hmm, not memorable.

Not bad, but not my favorite beer. Bland, with bready malts and soggy herbal hops, like grass laid out in a pile until it gets musty.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber into standard pint. Served chilled.

A: not pale at all, amber colored. Half a fingee of white head receced into a sparse cap and ring around the glass. Pretty clear.

S: hoppy at firat and a tad sweet. I smell crystal malt. Not a lot on the nose, simple but refined.

T: much more complex than the nose. Opens with thst crystal malty sweetness, next it is rich malty goodness, then it finishes with the standard Ninkasi long boil hop bitter.

M: smooth with just a bit of chew. Feels nice.

O: good beer, the bitter can be a bit much, but all in all I like this.

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Photo of brandonpaulweaver
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a faint brown sugar and orange citrus. Not overwhelming. Citrus flavor follows through to the taste and is counterbalanced by a rich carmel low end. Smooth creamy mouth feel. Both taste and mouthfeel give way to a sharp hoppy finish.
Nothing is super impressive here but nothing is terrible either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. Nice one finger off-white head and good lacing. Nice looking. Light caramel malt and light fruit aroma. Sweet caramel malt start, grassy, citrus middle then transitions into an abrupt hop bite. Not well integrated. Nice medium body, individual components are nice, but not a good flavor progression.

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Photo of Offa
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange gold, big off-white head slowly shrinks to thin rocky top, nice foamy lace.

Aroma is nice toasty bread, hints of caramelized grapefruit & orange, peppery leaves, grass.

Taste is peppery-spicy-grassy bitterness with hint of citrus, juicy raisin up front, lightly juicy and zesty, and crisp. Then the bitterness lingers and dominates, mostly because the beer’s character seems light and lean. It has light juicy yeastiness. It is good, but not great, a little too bitter and thin.

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Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.