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Renewale - 2011 - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Seasonal - 2011 version is an Irish Red Ale.
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24
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3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish dark black coffee color
S: Nothing to report here, smells like beer
Taste: Smooth, alcoholic, burnt chocolate flavor, light, nice porter. Overall pretty good. I had one when this beer came out in January and it was not good at all... four months later it has mellowed out really well.
M: Alcoholic but smooth
Overall: Back in January I would have panned this beer, but four months in the bottle and now I think it is a solid porter. Nothing amazing, but quite good. Overall: worth picking up.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early October for $3.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a solid off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is of light malts and not much else.

Taste is slightly toasted malts balanced nicely by a nice dry hop.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a pretty decent for the style. Nothing overly exciting but fills the bill nicely on a post Tuesday workday!

Photo of Spider889
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this bottle of PNW beer!

Pours crystal clear, deep and bright red. Tall off-white colored head that receded quickly into a frothy ring of bubbles. Some larger soapy bubbles floated in the center of the glass the entire time as well.

Smelled oddly lemony for me. Sweet Germanic yeast and doughy pilsner malts. I was left wanting more (namely deeper malt character) but at least less of a European influence.

Lots of bitter pine with mild caramel malts in the flavor. This did improve with warmth.

Medium body and carbonation with a slick finish.

Overall this was just 'ok' for me. Maybe the style just isn't for me, as I am almost always left feeling that Irish Red ales are lackluster and one-dimensional.

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2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a reddish amber with a nice head that sticks around awhile leaving a nice lace. Smell has a light sourness, honey, malt and hop. Taste has a lightly sweet bitter maltiness that seems a bit watered down and not too exited about the end finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with good carbonation. An example that looks aren't everything.

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3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.6.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark orange with a one finger cream head.

Smell - Wheat, bread, and some hops.

Taste - Wheat, bread, and tart.

Drinkability - Good carbonation. Drinks very smooth and easy.

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2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 4/4/11

Shared by Spider889

Coppery, rusty color with nice clarity. One finger head thins out pretty quickly. Collar retention of loose bubbles. some splotchy lace; not too much of it.

Aromas of caramel, toasted sugars and such. Very even-keeled with some floral overtones. Bready; hints of yeast and dough. Tastes surprisingly dry throughout. Strangely enough, the caramel is right in line with the dryness. Really dry, earthy hop notions. Finishes comparably dry and quite bitter. Medium body, low carbonation. Grainy. Vapid kind of finish. Feels weird.

It's ok; I like that it isn't much for sweetness. Other than that I find it of the bland order.

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2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours red with an impressive off-white soapy head. Excellent head retention and good lace, an impressive looking pint.

S: Some crystal style malt with some fruity yeast notes, hint of strawberry.

T: Very mild flavour to the point where the carbonic acid becomes a factor which is never good unless you're drinking club soda. I know Irish Reds aren't the most full-flavoured beers, and that's fine, but compared to O'Hara's and Sam Adams or even Murphy's this is truly light. Crystal toasted malt with bitter carbonic acid and a hint of citrusy hops. Unpleasantly bitter finish.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, thin and watery. Bad finish.

O: Just not good. I've had some nice beers from Ninkasi in the past, this is their worst effort I've tried. I can finish the bottle, it's not offensive, but it's not something I'm looking forward to with revel.

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2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Spider889

This is a darn good looking example of an Irish Red. Its a clear, rusty red. A big fluffy off white head rides out the glass in its entirety, leaving nice lacing.

Malty but not rich. Its very grainy and seems one dimensional. I'm picking up notes of aromas that remind me of sunflower seeds or something.

Very much in line with what the smell set up. Simple, toasted grains with a moderate grassy hopping.

Lighter bodied with a decently clean finish.

Not much to say about this one. Run of the mill. It does look nice though.

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3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber.

A: pours ruby brown with a finger of fine white head. some lacing as the foam subsides.

S: caramel and toffee - the faintest hint of hops at the end.

T: toasted malts - biscuit? moderately sweet with a little bit of hop bitterness lingers at the end

M: light body, finishes relatively clean. There is a bit of soapyness.

O: To quote a friend, this rates high on the poundability scale. It is a smooth red ale. I'll have no problems finishing this glass. Would probably not seek out again - as the style is fairly easy to replicate via homebrew - but would quickly recommend to Killian's drinkers as an alternative.

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3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearance: Tan/red with a thick off-white head and scant carbonation

Smell: Sweet, cake batter malts, some floral hop citrus, and grapes

Flavor: Pale lager type hop bitterness. Malt lacks some support, though faint sweetness begins to develop as time goes on. Lingering bitterness in the finish gives it an IPA-type feel

MF: Dry and cidery, very clean and non-sticky.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice two finger head, looks a little creamy, let's see if it hangs in there. The body is somewhat see through, a little cloudy though, so not totally see through. It is dark amber in color, with loads of carbonation, it looks pretty good. It smell like an irish red for sure, it has a nice balance of hops and malts on the smell, it smells very crisp. There is a nice malt sweetness, malt note, and hop note, all mixed in well in the smell. I don't really know how to describe the irish smell, but there is that distinct irish smell to it. Smells pretty good though. It has a nice crisp taste to it, and it goes down easily. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor in this beer, but enough that it gives you a little bit of a bite, which is good, I don't like it when irish beers skimp out on the hops completely. There is also that nice malt note and malt sweetness there. It has a nice flowery spring taste to it, not too citrusy, so maybe it's some kind of fruit. There is unfortunately a bad after taste, it's just that generic beer taste, which lingers for a tiny bit. I have a hard time grading this beer on taste, because I have had it a few times and I've had different thoughts on it, first time I had it, didn't like it at all, second time I had it I thought it was decent, and this time I think it's good. I have to respect those first two times a little bit, and that's why I'm not going to give it a 4 on taste. The mouthfeel is good, it's what it should be for an irish red, and the drinkability is very high, it goes down really easily. Overall a pretty darn good beer, there are things I don't like about it, and things that aren't that impressive, but overall, it's tasty, and it goes down well!

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Renewale - 2011 from Ninkasi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.