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Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Radiant Summer AleRadiant Summer Ale

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chugalug06
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.

chugalug06, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of bernat1971
2/5  rDev -43%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kdoc8
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.

kdoc8, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of AleVana
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

AleVana, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of gpogo
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?

gpogo, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Philousa
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.

Philousa, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of forestkcary
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

forestkcary, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of scot959
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

scot959, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Csparks33
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Csparks33, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
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.

Murrhey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of vkv822
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.

vkv822, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
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.

Genghis22, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of boogyman
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.

boogyman, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of zeledonia
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.

zeledonia, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Travisnin, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -14.5%

1424IpA, May 01, 2013
Photo of dvb
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.

dvb, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3/5  rDev -14.5%

beagle75, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -14.5%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of jtosch
3/5  rDev -14.5%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of nealbert
3/5  rDev -14.5%

nealbert, Feb 07, 2014
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Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.