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Pacific Rain | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fiercely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable, Pacific Rain is your call to experience the Pacific Northwest. Crafted with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River and a band of four distinguished hops, this Northwest Pale is citrusy, crisp and tailor-made for easy drinking.

Added by westcoastbeerlvr on 02-06-2017

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Pretendeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warrenc
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild, sweet Pale Ale. The smell is fruit, herbal. A nice drinkable Pale, not heavy at all.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brainscience
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked a 6er of this stuff up at the beginning of summer/end of spring time frame in 2017. Remember drinking the first one alongside the Truckee River the night before the Strange Brew festival I believe. Something about that fest used to make that girl Precious I used to bang get perturbed with me. Prolly was me. Anyways, this pours a standard golden and yellow with professional grade clarity and 3/4" white head. Aroma was a mixture of Simcoe, Nugget, Citra and Cascade type of hops. I can dig it just like Booker T sucka.

The taste is much the same as the aroma, which is quite nice. You get just the slightest amount of citrus to compliment the forest like notes and grapefruit bitterness. Pale toasted malts, not a caramel crystal malt heavy kind of pale ale, this one goes dry all the way home. I dug it, prolly the best think Ninkasi puts in a 6 pack. Worth the buy, would bang again at this affordable format and price.

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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a cloudy straw yellow, with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.

Fairly benign aroma, some grainish malt, and light, floral hops. A bit more citrus hop bite in the back of the palate. Medium-light body, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkabilty was fine, easy and smooth. Overall, a fairly innocuous brew, perfect for a cookout, tailgate, or party, where isn't the focus. I'm not sorry about the sixer I bought, but, I'm more likely to grab Mirror Pond or Field 41 to fill this niche in my fridge.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz pint at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square, apparently the only place in this stupidly busy burg today in which to procure it. Which of course means I'll see bottles of it around next week.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent stringy cloud pattern lace around the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, cotton candy, muddled tropical fruit, a hint of watery citrus, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some much lessened caramel sweetness, still indistinct exotic fruity notes, a minor hard water flintiness, ephemeral generic citrus flesh, and more edgy leafy, herbal, and estery floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a wee perfumed astringency taking things down a notch here. It finishes trending dry, the grain and musty flower character predominating.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with some region-specific essences holding down the fort. The proclaimed citrus cedes the way to that perfumed floral thing, which actually works out in the end. Good stuff.

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Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeRose
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and yellow with a finger width white head the reduces to a ring and a few rafts.

The smell is pleasantly floral with some green notes. Citrus emerges a little later as the beer warms.

Mild malts on the taste, more citrusy or tropical than the aroma suggests, but still a nice floral and hebaceous flavor layered in. There is a peppery bite at the end the helps to balance the bitterness.

The feel is medium, moderately carbonated, moderately dry.

Overall, an uncomplicated beer that carries a couple of surprises in the flavor. Light, easy drinking. The citrus seems sour orange and the tropical note is leaning to pineapple. Fun beer to drink.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint at WFH. Pretty gross.

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clear golden with a fizzy white head that soon vanishes, leaving virtually no lacing.

The smell is of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pine.

Sweetness from the malt balances the fruity and piney bitterness.

It is light-bodied. Crisp, though a bit too fizzy.

A well-balanced brew. My only real complaint is the sharp fizz quality of it.

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Photo of Thomguzow
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a refreshingly medium straw color with a mild retaining head of white foam. Obvious aromas of pale malts with a delicate amount of citrusy hops. It's smooth from sip to finish, with a nice bright, fresh palate of citrus and yeast.

Overall, an excellent introductory pale ale that is fit for those near the warm west coast air or for those who wish they were.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler USA in Phoenix. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: Jul 11 2017

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy small head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrusy. The taste is nice, hoppy, slightly malty, with some nice little citrus. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a nice little pale ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the grassy hops are more prominent and stand out in front of the floral hops. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice pale ale if you like beers with grassy hops. It's packed with lots of aromas and flavors for a beer that is lighter in body.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz pub glass. Pours a nice hazy light orange.
Smells very good.. like a PA, but with a fruitier backbone. Taste was on the lighter side for a pale... I wasn't getting the pure hoppiness associated with other PA's. Some sweet undertones, with a nice malt balance. Smooth, hardly any carbonation, with little bitterness or backbite.

I liked this beer. It has some hopped flavor, but it wasn't trying to be a IPA-lite like other PA's. Pacific Rain was slightly sweet, malty and fruity..with a floral side throughout. This would be one of my suggestions to non-craft beer friends, who might want to venture out.

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Photo of Kips
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, 05/29/2017.

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Photo of Sayb
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light, golden orange. Mostly clear. Thin head with minimal lacing. Aroma is citrus, stone, and tropical fruit. Hints of apricot and butterscotch. Orange and mango. The flavor is juicy and resinous. Herbal and grass notes along with some caramel malt. Citrus and tropical fruit with some pine accents. Crisp and refreshing. Well balanced. A very nice APA.

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Photo of dertyd
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pacific Rain from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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