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Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Radiant Summer AleRadiant Summer Ale

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%


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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chugalug06

Colorado

1.95/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Almost pours pink... interesting. Head is nice white foam with great pourability.

S - Lots of jasmine. Lots of lemon. Smells very nice, kinda wheaty, doesn't fit the style.

T - Very bland and homebrewy... not much flavor of at all. There's very little that sticks out.

M - Bitter. Dry. Bland. Way over-carbonated.

O - Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:17:10 | More by chugalug06
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kdoc8

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ninkasi Ninkasi...what is happening?! I was so excited about the summer ale release and it was even more disappointing than their Spring Reign. The appearance was a nice golden color with a thick, bubbly white head. It didn't really have a smell. If there was any smell it was slightly of unbaked bread. The taste was so uncomplicated...it started out tasting like yeast and ended off tasting like detergent. I'm not sure there were hops or malt in this recipe. I really could barely finish my pint of it. Their last seasonal releases (Oatis, Sleig'r) were sooo great and then spring and summer have been very disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 06:28:17 | More by kdoc8
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gpogo

California

2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Fluffy sticky white head. Golden straw orange body. Slightly hazy, but you can definitely see through the body.

A- Toasty biscuity malt with very light hop aroma. Kindof boring or mute for a APA.

T- Initial bitter flavor with a muted malt flavor taking over. Leaves a slightly sweet nutty malt flavor. Not too impressive, bland. Nice peppery kick though.

M- Smooth medium body. Moderate to high carbonation which lends itself well to the peppery kick.

D- I honestly wasn't very impressed. The flavor and aroma was mute or bland. It had a good appearance and the peppery kick was nice. Perhaps the malt bill could be improved or maybe the malt used was old?

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 04:53:05 | More by gpogo
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Philousa

California

2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:33:47 | More by Philousa
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mactrail

California

2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Way bitter and plain amber beer. Color is ice and has a decent head. Seems pleasantly beery at first mouthful with enough carbonation. Some hint of orange flavor and a touch of sweet malt. Hops contribute a plain, non-aromatic harshness. Flat taste that is beery enough but dissipates into an endless bitterness. Light body. I don't taste anything to redeem this stuff, but it may appeal to someone on a serious hop trip. From a 22 oz bottle bought in San Francisco.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 06:26:46 | More by mactrail
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Murrhey

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 06:01:49 | More by Murrhey
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Genghis22

California

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy, strawberry blonde color with little to no head. Mild carbonation evident.

S - Sweet malty, faint touch of grassy hops. Not overly strong. Slightly biscuity.

T - Much more flavor than aroma. Sweet, thin and malty at first. Tastes like an apple. The hops come in afterward and add bitterness.

M - Thin and watery, very light. Moderate carbonation. True to style, though it does add to overall apathy I feel for this beer.

D - Nothing to write home about. This beer is thin, watery and boring. The flavors are completely lost in the aroma and muddled on the tongue. While not offensive, this certainly is not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:56:21 | More by Genghis22
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vkv822

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours golden in color with a slight orange hue. It is fairly clear, except for some faint yeast particles floating throughout. Has a foamy off white head with scattered clumps of larger bubbles.

The nose is predominately of biscuity malt, with a light hop backing.

The taste is again quite malty and bready, with very little hop note.

Has a nice medium to full body with light carbonation.

While there was nothing unpleasant in this beer I felt the taste and smell were over-powered by the malts.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:27:32 | More by vkv822
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zeff80

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus (orange and grapefruit) with an odd funkiness that was somewhat unpleasant.

T - Good citrus flavors and sweet caramel malt. The odd (tart) funkiness kinda had a burning sensation.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This beer was all over the place for me. Some good aromas with some bad aromas. Some good flavors with some bad flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:11:16 | More by zeff80
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boogyman

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this in the depths of a local grocery store, I am sure there are not many of there lying around anymore.

A- Pours a deep copper color with a thin white head that leaves some bubbles floating on top that stick around.

S- Has a very fresh smell but it is hard to get much from it other then the light citrus scents since it is just out of the fridge. I will add more once I let it warm up. The smell gets a bit floral as it gets warmer.

T- Has a fresh fruityness to it that brings out the citrus from the hops. The malt is smooth. There is some slight alcohol I can taste that may be masked a bit more if I let it warm but I am not sure. So far this is a pretty standard pale. Nothing too special.

M- The mouthfeel is so-so. The carbonation is a bit high but it does go down without too much bite.

D- With only 6% ABV I could drink this fairly easily but there is certainly more enjoyable beers in this style and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:28:24 | More by boogyman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 17:04:59 | More by zeledonia
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dvb

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A nice looking beer. Golden, nice white head, decent lacing.

S - Noting a lack of anything resembling citrus or floral. Doesn't smell like much.

T - Bitterness without sweetness to balance it out. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Not at all clean.

M - Somewhat astringent. Sticky finish.

O - I can see where some would like this, but make no mistake: this is only for you if you value bitterness above all else. If you want anything else, you won't find it here.

22-ounce bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:00:49 | More by dvb
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- golden-orange. Head disapates quickly. Medium carbonation.

S- very little. No noticeable hops or malt.

T- simple. clean. some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M- medium-light body.

O - nothing special. Wish there was more of something. With such a plain beer unfortunately some heat from the alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

Would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:36:54 | More by EspressoGuy
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:20:42 | More by Hoptometrist
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.09/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 05:08:50 | More by Jellopants356
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10 oz glass. Poured a clean copper-gold color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very hop forward with just a bit of malt in the background. The flavors is also bitter hop forward with just enough malt to be noticed. Not much balance here.

The body was average and drinkability was decent but not special. Overall, a decent beer, but I would have rated it higher as an IPA. I probably won't try this again as I'm surrounded by better IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:24:52 | More by beertunes
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Offa

California

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:23:25 | More by Offa
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:35:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of the Ninkasi Summer 4 pack.

A - Pours a darker orange with a one finger cream colored head that slowly fades and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Wheat, Rye?, and some slight citrus notes.

T - Lemons, wheat, and again what I would call rye.

D - Good carbonation, slightly bitter in the mouth.

O - Good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:46:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
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golden1

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle from John's Marketplace.

Pours a hazy amber with a golden base. Maybe a half-finger of head that quickly dissipated.

Light amounts of hop in the smell. Primarily grapefruit-dominated citrus. Tiny bit of yeasty malt waving hi from the back, but all-in-all, it's not a heavily scented beer.

Oddly enough, the taste is a complete reverse of the smell. You get the malt first before the dominant grapefruit-hop bitterness storms in and demands notice. I kind of like the reversal. Solidly bitter finish - 40 IBUs says the website, this feels a bit more than that.

Regarding the mouthfeel, this is what I would call semi-aggressive. It's not smooth and silky - the bitter finish sticks around for a bit. If lingering, hoppy-finishes are your thing, this may be one you want to try.

I don't think this is a several-pint beer unless you're eating something to go along with it. Worth a try, but I wouldn't weep if you chose something else on the menu.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 02:58:35 | More by golden1
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Zorro

California

3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 22:55:11 | More by Zorro
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Halcyondays

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber, light white head, some good lacing.

S: Lots of grass and melon rind, classic Northwest hop nose.

T: Nice crystal malt with a lot of grain character. Not super hoppy, light with bitter melon. Solid flavour, but nothing striking.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, moderately long aftertaste.

D: Solid hoppy red. Nothing to go out of your way for, but if you're craving some hops in the summertime, this would be a nice pickup.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 06:57:36 | More by Halcyondays
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:47:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into Walking Man Brewing pint glass. No best by date.

A: Hazy orange amber, definitely not clear but not overly opaque either. Pours a nice fluffy white head that leaves pretty good lacing throughout glass, and head retention is pretty good, better than most pale ales.

S: Not too much going on here, would have liked a little more from this, Ninkasi is usually known for its big floral hop aromas....but this is pretty simple, grapefruit and lemon backed up by a biscuit malt and yeast.

T: Mmmm...pretty good, a little bigger flavor than I expected. Grapefruit and lemon hit the palate first and then a faint malty bread mid palate and the finish comes back hard with pine/grapefruit again. Lots of grapefruit, maybe a little too much for my taste, it really lingers on the finish. Good, but this beer suffers from being a little to one-note in my opinion. Could use a little more malt to balance it...

M: Medium body, heavier than most pales. Right amount of carbonation, just needs a little more sweet malt to balance it out. The finish is drier than I would like for a summer ale/pale ale. A little too much bitterness (grapefruit) to be truly satisfying.

D: Being as dry as it is and so one note it becomes a little monotonous and the bitterness makes it just a little overwhelming for the palate. I love hops and the bitterness that comes with them, but you have to balance it with the malt to make a drinkable ale. This one needs more balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 19:42:21 | More by RedBrewer83
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 07:28:24 | More by IronDjinn
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Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.