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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: 13.31%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Seasonal - 2011 version is an Irish Red Ale.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-11-2011)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Takahiro:
Photo of Takahiro
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a bomber into my tulip

A: brown clear, thin head
S: corn soup? some smokiness
T: thin malt. i was expecting more malt/caramel out of a red ale. flavor to diminish very quickly. almost no hop flavor. not impressive. some hop bitterness to linger on palate after finish.
M: light and empty.
D: OK, but boring

this was a dissapointment

Takahiro, Mar 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with some golden highlights, with a small, creamy white head that retains well. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, some mild, fruity hops, and a touch of husky bitterness. Body is fairly light, which is good for the relatively subtle flavors. A bit of a chalky texture emerges towards the finish, which is not a welcome development. I would not guess this is a Ninkasi beer if it weren't on the bottle. Kind of a disappointment.

ElGordo, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I hadn't seen it before. Irish Red Ale sounded good today. Poured into a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

A: This beer is well carbonated with some head retention & leaves some lacing on the glass after a sip. A darkish red hue that you can see your fingers thru.

S: An earthy smell that let's you know the hops are subtle. Not that impressed here, because it doesn't entice my nose for more.

T: A smooth taste upfront that leads to a long malty dry finish well balanced by a slightly bitter hop flavor. Taste seems to get bigger as each sip goes on.

M: A chewy beer that goes well with our 50 degree winter. Enough body, but not too much.

D: Not sure I'd want to make this my everyday beer. It has a little longer, maltier finish then I am looking for in my Red Catagory beer. Nothing wrong with it either. Sturdy.

inthebeeraisle, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this bottled, so I grabbed one an Belmont Station here in Portland to try...

- Fluffy fingers of white fizzy foam... lace all about, thin blanket of foam left above a dark copper and red brew which is clear. Brown whiskey hues...

- Grainy bill... lots of earthy notes, biscuit.. bitter hops... grassy..

- Smooth and bitter.. nice bright bitter hop blast with a subtle grainy and bready bill which is slightly sweet.. slight oats and sugar notes.. pine and grassy hops.... loving the bitter bite. Certainly could bend either way as an ESB, Amber, or Red....

- Light bodied, slightly creamy... well carbonated..

- Nice clean smooth drinker. If you like bitter, and if you like malts.. this is the best of both worlds in a light sessionable drinker. Not bad, and I think one of the better bottled brews Ninkasi offers.

Docer, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +18.3%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at Jerry's Market on the way home from work.. Poured into my small tulip.. nice 1" white head atop a clear good amber brew.

Lite grassy hoppy nose combines with a great malt profile punctuated by toasty notes and a bit of stale biscuits....

Bitterness is in the PNW realm... the flavor has a good toasted malt presence.. lite caramel.. descent grassy hoppiness.

Lite body with good carbonation.. seems more flavorful than the other Irish ales I'm used to. Very drinkable.. seems very fresh right now.

3.5/3.5/3/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Travisnin, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Haggens Grocery store in Tualatin. $3.99 Says 5.2% on da label. Nice enough looking beer. plain, clear amber body with a very thick ,foamy creme head. Aroma very subdued..mostly plain slightly nutty malts. Taste just tea like maltiness..slightly toasted slightly nutty..ends fast and fades to nothing. Ok on the palate ,i suppose quite thin and watery near the end. Very very average beer.

Reidrover, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

ebrauser, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Ryan011235, May 04, 2011
Photo of Spider889
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Spider889, Jun 08, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of pitasoup
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

pitasoup, Apr 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer from this brewery. I was glad to see it among the options at the Biter Creek Ale House in Boise. Served in a modified strange, the beer hazy red with a beige head. Impressive lacing!

Nose of malts, spice (pepper) and floral notes.

The beer is slightly bitter with pine notes, grains, green apple. Very tasty and sessionable at 5.2%.

The mouth is very crisp. This beer hit all the right notes for me.

Redrover, Mar 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

codynevels, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Rollzroyce21, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber and good medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Light lager aroma with a touch of floral. Relatively strong floral/herbal bite up front. Touch of roasted malt with light sweetness. Bitterness lingers awhile. Kind of smooth but thick for the style.

I don't mind a bit of bite with my Irish red but this is a little much. Pretty easy drinking and an okay flavor but the hops overpower any other flavor and certainly not a clean finish (as the bottle states).

Bfarr, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--ReNEWale--Mason's Irish-Style Red Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy off white somewhat lingering head. Fizzy slightly cloudy dark amber hint red color. Weak floral malt ester mild hop front. Slightly creamy mellow sweet toffee caramel hint slightly doughy toasted malty body. Dry smooth mild hop clean toasted end. Smooth & refreshing dry Irish Red Ale. Somewhat bland, but easy to drink. Nice delicate toasted caramel flavor. Minimal spiciness. No sediment. Sampled 2/26/2011. Purchased for $4.29 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 1/21/2011.

philbertk, Feb 28, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears light red with a small tan head.

It smells of bready malts, citrus fruit, and grassy hops.

It tastes initially of grassy citrusy and semi-bitter hops. The hoppy bitterness is balanced by dry bread like malt flavor. Though the taste does have some hop qualities to it the dry malt flavor is the dominate flavor in the beer. The beer has a nice balance to it.

The mouth feel is ok. The carbonation is moderate high. I think the beer could do with a little less carbonation.

The drinkability is pretty good. The beer is balanced nicely and the beer is pretty light for the style.

Overall a nice beer that is slightly better than an average beer of the style. The beer tastes good but it is forgettable.

chumba526, Jan 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
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Renewale - 2011 from Ninkasi Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.