Pacific Rain | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,035
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
52
pDev:
7.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Robzoyo24
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickSMpls
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, faintly hazy, light golden color. Thick, frothy head. Light floral / piney aroma - no doubt PNW hops are used here. Well hopped and balanced, right on target for an American Pale Ale. Quite drinkable, good with food, very smooth and a nice lingering aftertaste. Recommended.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, mango, some passion fruit. Taste is the same as the aroma, plus some pine, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale yellow and light NW Pale Ale. Sweet and fruity, lean on hop bitterness. I'd have this again but some caramel flavors and more of a malt presence and hop bitterness would help.

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Photo of RB3
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good out of the bottle. Decent head. Almost seems like a gimmicky beer or I am reading to much into the name. The smell and taste are "Pacific rain". A little musty meets foliage and watery. I can't tell of I like it or not.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestd
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very refreshing - golden yellow glow with a thin foamy and sudsy head that settles into large and small soapy bubbles. Smell is fairly strong for a NW pale ale, definitely reminiscent of citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose with crackery malta and a sort of dark sedimenty earthiness. Mouthfell is fine - medium carbonation, crisp, on the thinner side, unfortunately carbonation falls off pretty quick. Easy to drink but pretty unremarkable when the carbonation starts falling flat. Overall a quenching and enjoyable NW pale ale.

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Photo of emwilke
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden amber with one finger of five minute white head. Good rings of lace.
Smell is floral and biscuit.
Taste is complex hop notes. Floral citrus mango resin and sweet biscuit malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation. The finish is medium bitter and dry.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking APA. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An extremely pedestrian and old-school standard American Pale Ale. Good for nostalgia, sessionsing if you like light and hoppy ales, otherwise its a "why bother" beer with so many other options. Beers like this should be sold for $7 a sixer if they have any intentions to compete in the current market of craft beers in 2017.

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Photo of Pretendeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warrenc
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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 -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brainscience
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -16.8%
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 -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pacific Rain from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 52 ratings