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Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Radiant Summer AleRadiant Summer Ale

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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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Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Dunkelhund
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of cpinto6
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cpinto6, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi has another wonderful selection here. I first had this one on tap at Henry's on 12th in Portland, OR, and have just recently purchased a bomber at a little liquor store in Pt. Roberts, WA, to bring back north across the border. The fact it's a "summer ale" and I'm having it on December 14...is that concerning?

Of course not. It's delicious. The description on the bottle describes it bluntly and perfectly - it's bitter, it's got some bite, it's got a decent amount of hops, it's got a sweet finish, and it's a beautiful (albeit cloudy) orangey-brown hue.

I could drink this year round, I don't know why it's only given a summer release (apparently). It's one delicious pale/amber ale with some definite oomph that I love and appreciate.

It's not my favourite of the Ninkasi line-up, but it's definitely a solid amber and I would definitely recommend this to anyone searching one out, no matter what time of the year it is.

timtwoface, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of SRossman
4/5  rDev +14%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Sargully, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +14%

twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -14.5%

jenray, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +14%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hoesweizen
4/5  rDev +14%

hoesweizen, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a buddy who provided me this beer from Oregon. Quite bitter and heavy on the palate. I have to agree with it's commerical description: Radiant Summer Ale is, "Crisp and flavorful, Radiant Summer Ale is a clean finishing summer offering in the Ninkasi tradition. The smooth malt character is balanced by a clean noble hop presence, the perfect compliment to a glorious summer day! 6% alc./vol. 40 ibus." It’s dry-hopped with Liberty hops. It’s more bitter rather than floral and has a crisp, clean finish.

CuriousMonk, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot like Spring Reign in that it sacrifices complexity for drinkability. The hops are there but downplayed and the beer is pretty forgettable in retrospect. I like their beers but this is nothing special. I would have liked a little more hops on the mouthfeel and a longer finish kinda like Deschutes Twilight Ale but I still found it a drinkable beer for a hot day.

canucklehead, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of velosuds
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Paid $1.65 for a single at local natural foods store.

A-Pours a clear, bright, copper-orange hue with about a one and a half finger, off-white head with average retention and some lacing.

S-Biscuit-like malt and subtle floral hops. Not robust enough.

T-Taste follows the smell in that it is not nearly hoppy enough. Pale, bready malts and caramel dominate the taste with hops only contributing to the bitterness but adding little to the flavor. Unfortunate

M-Smooth and crisp. Quite refreshing.

O-A decent beer, but nothing to get excited about. Ninkasi has been hit or miss for me. Glad I was able try without buying a bomber or a 6-pack.

velosuds, Sep 09, 2011
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 EspressoGuy
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.

EspressoGuy, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Once the chill haze fades, your're left with a fairly clear beer with a golden orange color and a rocky eggshell colored head. There is some definite sediment in the bottom of my glass; not sure what that's from.

S: You're nose is met with a good amount of piney hop bitterness, as well as a significant toasted caramel malt presence. There is some lemon zest in the nose as well, along with some earthy, herbal characters.

T: Again, good amounts of pine and even some astringent hop characters, with a rich toasted malt backbone. Maybe some lemon, hints of ginger, and other spices as well.

MF: Crisp, with a light feel and dry finish that takes some time to show up on the back end.

O: An enjoyable Pale ale with some nice woody, earthy undertones and a decent malt backbone.

Scotchboy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of bombers for about $14 at Fred Meyer.
This is one easy drinkin' beer. For those who are "hop curious", this one has an underlying touch of bitterness....but it's definitely a malty ale.
For the IPA drinkers, I'm sure many would down grade not just this beer but the whole style in general for not having the extra oomph that they've become accustomed to.
I totally enjoyed it. I must admit to liking IPAs more..but this is still an excellent beer.

industrialswill, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant Summer ale has a golden-orange colored body and a small cap of off-white foam. Lacing and retention are spotty at best.

The aroma is bready and sweet from the malt, with the promise of bitterness and some earthy hops.

Bits of fruit flavors from the hops mix with earthy hop flavors, both of which are off-set by the malt profile, which brings bread, toasted malts, sweetness and a touch of caramel.

The body is a hair under medium in heft, average carbonation.

This is an APA that will remind you of many other APAs. Good but not great.

Hojaminbag, Aug 23, 2011
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 Bfarr
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange amber with thin tan foamy head. Floral lager aroma. Floral biscuit malt with light peppery end and very light hop and sweet finish. Very slick easy feel but with a tacky finish.

Really easy beer going down with good flavor, nicely light hops and sweetness making a good outdoor beer.

Bfarr, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Toasty, nutty malt with a touch of hop character. Not bad.

Smooth and slightly nutty malt with moderately light bitterness. Slightly earthy.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice balanced session ale which is very much flavourful and smooth.

dgilks, Aug 15, 2011
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 PDXHops
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.

PDXHops, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Wheat doughiness, slight orange fruitiness, slightly tart sweet smelling.

L: Slight hazy orange, white creamy head that dissipates to a ring of foam and dusting. Good lacing.

T: Slightly sweet and slightly tart wheatness. Slightly spicy bitterness yielding to some caramel sweetness. Touch toasty. Finishes fairly dry with some residual herbal spiciness.

M: Medium carbonation, medium low body.

Ok overall, a little dryer and a poor man's Oberon.

bum732, Jul 19, 2011
Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.