Pacific Rain | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Pacific RainPacific Rain

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.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of LeRose
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -7.4%
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 +17.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear color, the color I think a pale ale should be. Good work here Ninkasi. Great depth despite the light color. This beer has the feel of a good pilsener with the lingering bitter of a pale ale. I would be happy to have this beer regularly. Could drink it all day long. My favorite by them.

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Photo of jak
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy crisp-looking golden-orange color. Decent head and creamy lacing.
Smell is a fresh peppercorn-lemon rind.
Tastes fresh and malty, with citrus hops that shine without becoming obvoxious in any way. Nice earthy malt and a lightly peppered hop-bite. Lemon and a hint of pine.
Feels crisp and full of zest, medium-thin and carbonated well. Drinkability is high. Clean. What a well-made pale ale using four hops and some Oregon river water. The water/ minerals etc. seem to provide the unique, earthy profile in this beer.
This is something I will reach for this summer when I want a cooler full of sessionables.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a flavor profile that we have all certainly experienced before, nothing really new going on here from what i can gather, but its an awfully well made pale ale, super light and drinkable for this time of year, with a very mild malt profile, pale two row and maybe some pils seems to be all, and bringing a hop profile thats juicy and fresh with only average bitterness and none of the over the top dry hopping thats so in vogue right now, just a real easy drinking hop forward beer, super clean. now that i have drank through most of their profile, i am convinced the hoppy stuff is what these guys do the very best, and this is a good example of that, the perfect bitterness level, the perfect crispness, almost has a lagered quality to it, and not overly complex or trying to be anything other than it is. i think a perfect pale ale for spring and summer, and one i will assuredly be drinking again. is this a new one for them? surprised to see nobody else has commented on it yet. if pale ales were what the cool kids were drinking, they would be raving about this.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Pacific Rain from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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