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Radiant Summer Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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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darjoh

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint glass.

I have been really liking the Ninkasi brews, and this Radiant fits. I think it has a nice balanced color, and very balanced taste. Slow and few carbonation bubbles, light sticky lace.

Overall for me, a nice summer brew. Goes down nice after a hard day of summer yard work.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:22:32 | More by darjoh
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dvb

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.3%
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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vkv822

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
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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isualum12

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for the first time yesterday at Boise Coop here in Boise's Northend....I feel in love with Ninkasi at Mnt. Bike OR last year. (Long day of riding with a Ninkasi at the end of the day, life really doesn't get better...)

pours orange in color or copper. with a white head. The smell is slight hoppy with a sugar fruity smell. Pleaseant but not strong.

Taste is good. I really like it. It rolls into a wheat aftertaste which I am just not a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall I like this beer and I think it will taste even better on a hot summer day if we ever get summer here in Boise. I hope they have it on tap this year at MBO.

Thanks for a nice beer. Worship the GODDESS...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 22:58:58 | More by isualum12
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty solid one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is completely white and has a good amount of big bubbles, but also a lot of small ones, about 50/50. The bubbles look ok, not a fan of the big ones, but the small ones look nice, somewhat fluffy. The beer is leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body is a classic pale ale appearance, reddish orange, very good body for a pale ale, this is what a pale ale should look like. The body is pretty see through for the most part, not very cloudy, but it is dark enough that I can't see strait through it. The carbonation looks like it's on the low end, but we will see when we taste the beer. Overall the appearance is very nice, the head has died down but a solid layer of foam is on top of the body. The smell is very good, excellent balance between malts and hops. I hate pale ales that skimp out on the hops, and this one for sure doesn't, it's got a nice hop character, and a solid malt body as well. There also might be some light fruit in the smell, but really overall it just smells like a solid pale ale. This should be a very good beer from Ninkasi, bottoms up! Well that taste is a whole that more complex than I thought it would be on the smell, WOW. It has a lot of levels. First is a very legit hop bitterness, followed by some sweet malt flavors and perhaps some fruit. The bitterness lingers for quite some time and unfortunately turns into a little bit of a gross aftertaste. I don't know if I just have a bad batch or something, or if my palate is off (I had crackers recently, but I did rinse my mouth with water thoroughly), or what the deal is, but the aftertaste is very unpleasant. The best way I can describe it is black licorice, that's what it taste like. Some people might like that, but I HATE black licorice. Whether this taste is intentional or not I don't know, it's very odd to have in a pale ale....either way I'm not a fan of it. I'm reaching the conclusion though that this taste probably isn't the beer, there is a chance that it is, but I'm going to cut it a break this time and say that it's my palate, because it doesn't really seem like it's the beers doing. Overall on the taste (ignoring my stupid palate) it's got a very nice hops character, mild fruit, good malt body, not as crisp and light as some pale ales, but I don't care, it's a real champion, not a wussy beer! Good taste. Frankly if this licorice taste that I get is the beers fault, it's really not a deal breaker, it's only noticeable when I try really hard to taste it. As for the mouthfeel, it's solid, not too much carbonation, perfect carbonation in fact. The body is big enough for the style, not huge or extremlely thick, but thick enough, finishes somewhat dry. Drinkability isn't bad at all for 6% ABV, and considering the amount of hops, it goes down pretty easily. Overall a really good pale ale from Ninkasi, one of there better beers for sure. Also let it be noted that this after taste is almost for sure not caused by the beer, and on the slight off chance that it is, who cares? It's still a great tasting beer.

This beer is really complex and I notice more and more things as I drink it, I get a wheat flavor as the beer warms, who knows to because there is a crap load of sediment in this beer. I'm also getting a darker fruit flavor here, I dunno this beer is just super complex and I wish I hadn't gone all nuts over the aftertaste because this is really a good beer, very deserving of a B+.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 07:53:10 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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bradleyp

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Bier Stein, and drank from my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A: A medium reddish hue with a touch of brown and gold mixed in. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass. There was some sediments at the bottom of the glass, which I don't know what it was, but I'm assuming and hoping this wasn't a bad thing.

S: Not a really a spice bomb, but I could really get a whiff of some hops. At 40 IBU's, I'm surprised this didn't smell more bitter.

T: Very citrusy and clover-like. The hops were blended nicely, and it didn't leave a bad aftertaste.

M: I felt this was an easy drinker. It went down rather well.

O: Refreshing, cool, calm. These are some of the words I describe myself while drinking this beer. i would really like to try this one again, and I'm looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 05:47:54 | More by bradleyp
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Airyk12

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a small, off white head that leaves a few rings down the glass.

Pine, some citrus, and floral notes are strong, with a little malt and hint of breadiness.

Lots of citrus and some pine with a hint of floral notes. Bitterness is mild, balanced by some good malts.

Well carbonated, light body. Crisp and smooth.

Clean and fresh. Just what a good summer brew should be. Not the most complex or flavorful beer, but definitely great for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:24:03 | More by Airyk12
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OregonLightning

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since most reviews are of the same format I prefer narrative. I purchased this beer from a bottle and poured in pint glass. Pours medium dark amber. Small head. smell is citrus, and hoppy, smell of fresh hops. Very drinkable considering a 6% ABV, A great summer ale and just added another drink to my summer beach list. Tasty and refreshing. Not overbearing. I look forward to drinking this ale again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:25:53 | More by OregonLightning
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Very active, slightly hazy, golden/apricot, with thick white head and good retention.

Mainly grassy and floral, but faintly citrusy, hops balancing nicely with the light, sweet maltyness. Pleasant, but not complex.

Somewhat sharp piny hop flavor and bitterness against a modest malty body. A bit fruity, and the finish is crisp and dry.

A bite from the strong carbonation, thin side of medium body, some richness, and then a dry and bitter finish.

I suspect that this beer is about what Ninkasi was aiming for. But even on a balmy (70F) Alaskan summer day, I like my brews a little maltier.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 21:01:43 | More by sprucetip
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy a amber with light particals suspended throughout, having a fair head and lace. Smell has floral hops and light sweet malts. Taste has a good punch of grapefruit hops over the malts having a light sweet breadiness. Mouthfeel is medium/light with good carbonation. For me it's a little out of balance with the hops for a summer ale, but still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:43:50 | More by Bookseeb
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uncaps with an extremely effervescent hiss. I was expecting a gush, but almost no bubbling formed in the bottle at all. Pours bubbly, however, with a big sudsy head of off-white foam. Lacing is intricate and interesting. Colour is just about spot on what I expect for an APA, a pale golden colour, with just a slight amber hue to it. Very lovely, all over.

Nose is subdued, but pleasant. Slight lemony citrus character, with a candy sweetness and a deeper grainy cereal note. Missing some potency, but it has some genuinely pleasant characters.

Flavour is again subdued, but very appropriate for the style. Light citrus on the front, before a rather green fresh grain character streaks through the back, leaving the finish pleasant with cereal dryness. Feel is light, but with a very pleasant spritz of carbonation to liven the palate.

Insanely drinkable and extremely sessionable, even for something with 6% ABV. Very smooth and easy to go down, and with lots of pleasant characteristics. This is just what you want from the style.

Ninkasi continue to impress me. I can't believe I hadn't tried any of their beers prior to this trip.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:30:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Hazy golden-amber color with what appears to be tiny traces of sediment. Two and a half fingers of white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely.

Smell: Citrus hop aroma up front. Fruity and pale malty aroma underneath.

Taste: Bordering on IPA territory. Beautiful understated malty flavor with plenty of bitter piney and grapefruit hops, and a touch of tart fruitiness. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing with plenty of flavor to go along with it. Top marks.

Final Notes: Yet another great brew from Ninkasi. A summer beer with some serious flavor (they seem hard to find). Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 19:33:09 | More by bagpiper2005
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philbertk

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Radiant Summer Ale Seasonal Release 2009--22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Rich rocky dense mild lace off white head. Couldy dark bright amber orange color. No sediment. Mild floral hop wheat malt ester fruit front. Mellow sweet cloying mild crusty caramel wheat hint mild fruit ester body. Mellow hop spice smooth refreshing Amber end. Sampled 7/14/2009. $4.00 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Radiant Ale Seasonal Release--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 40 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale. Big dense lacy lasting light orange head. Fizzy hazed bright rich amber dark orange color. Bottle conditioning sediment hint. Mild malt fruit ester hop backed front. Mildly creamy smooth mellow sweet doughy light toasted caramel mild fruit amber ale body. Refreshing subtle hop end. 2 @ $3.50 Each Purchase @ Fred Meyer--Ballard & Sampled 9/6/2010.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 05:45:38 | More by philbertk
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Genghis22

California

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Halcyondays

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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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flagmantho

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very hazy medium-orange body with a finger of ivory head with a bit of an orange cast. Lots of floating solids in the body, which is OK but not my favorite trait in an APA.

Smell: light, slightly biscuity malt aroma with a touch of earthy hops. Not bad, but it's not impressive, either; a little more volume would help a lot here.

Taste: nice malt backbone and a huge hop bitterness. Flavors are earthy and slightly citrusy and even a touch floral. You might call this a West Coast APA -- but for the aroma, this could be a big, solid IPA. Frankly, I like it. The overall effect is earthy and fulfilling.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and a little creamy, although at this level of intense bitterness creamy isn't exactly what I'm seeking.

Drinkability: bold and fulfilling. I'm thinking a session of this stuff would leave me with a boulder in my belly; still, its straightforwardness is pleasing and I'd gladly have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 03:19:57 | More by flagmantho
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chumba526

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears light orange with a small white head.

Strong citrus notes dominate the smell: mostly grapefruit and orange. There is also mild bread like smell to the beer as well.

It tastes slightly citrus and quite bitter. There is a very slight bready malt taste to the beer as well. It is quite refreshing despite the strong bitterness.
The carbonation is about medium. I find it to be quite drinkable I could drink a few of these.

Not the best beer for a hot day but a damn good one. Worth trying especially if you like light, hop-forward beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 00:36:15 | More by chumba526
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic. Tasted several times from taps with consistent results.

A - Nice, clear, copper hue with a good head and average lace.

S - good, fresh pale ale nose with lots of summer fruit, some malts and hops to round things out.

T - more of the same summery goodness, fresh tree fruits, some spice and hops.

M - mild and smooth, more of an American Pale Ale style than either a British Pale Ale or a traditional American summer ale.

D - pretty serious despite being labeled as a 'summer' ale. Nonetheless it is tasty and smooth with nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:45:15 | More by cbarrett4
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boothbeer

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pecorasc.

A: Pours copper/amber color. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Awesome retention, but very little lacing.

S: Nice west coast bitter hops. Some honey sweetness and grapefruit rine.

T: Surprisingly lacking in flavor. All I taste is bitterness. No pronounced flavor, even from the hops. You can tell the hops are there, but there isnt a specific hop flavor. Sort of hard to describe.

M: Nice carbonation. Light body with very dry finish.

D: Crisp and refreshing. Could drink a lot of this, but I wish it had more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:02:40 | More by boothbeer
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zeff80

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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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RJLarse

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Radiant Summer Ale at a beer store. $4.29. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a tarnished copper color and is slightly hazy. Frothy white head, is very resilient. The beer appears well carbonated with many bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is sweet and fruit or candy-like. Apricots, pears and brown sugar. There are also some spice notes along side, coriander or cinnamon perhaps.

The taste is also fairly sweet, pears and lemons up front, with a bit of a biscuit presence, and then a slightly acerbic finish, like red wine vinegar.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and clean, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

A drinkable pale ale, and reasonably priced in the large format bottle. I would have this again, but I probably wouldn't hunt it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:30:33 | More by RJLarse
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GRG1313

California

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would think that this would be a universally liked drinkable beer. Very appealing and drinkable while offering complexity and real flavor and character. Most Ninkasa brews are good, this one very good. I believe that this is an unappreciated and under rated brewery.

Pours crystal clear bright orange amber with a thick, firm, pillowy long lasting head.

Nose is candi sugar, cooked bright stone fruit, hints of fresh pear-nice.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium bodied but great balance with light carbonation, a hint too light.

Flavors are appealing, layered and complex. Front palate of slightly fruity/sweet cooked fruit that goes right to big burnt toast bitter, toasted grains and fresh bitter coffee - very appealing and inviting.

Finish is burnt toast, bitter roasted grain, and toasty coffee bean. Long end finish of hints of bitter pine. Quite nice and likely good to go with lots of different food flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 04:29:08 | More by GRG1313
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, light orangish color in the light with a small white head

S: Smell is green, some grass and flowers, plenty of hops

T: Grains, floral notes and plenty of bittering hops here

M: Lighter to medium bodied, light booze, hop bitterness

D: Ok

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 13:14:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite summer beers. Looks a dark amber, good carbonation. Aroma was sweet.

Taste, like an amber and a pale ale. More caramel than I've ever seen in a summer beer, all for the better. Somehow, it will remain light and not a heavy mouthfeel at any point.

The hopping is ample for style and season. Dig the smoothness of liberty hops, that yet, impart the mildest spice. Points for being a unique summer ale that isn't overly reliant (if at all) on lemon. Great price $3.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 06:27:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.