Spring Reign | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"6% alc./vol. 38 ibus."

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 307
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-dark orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly trickling messy lace.
The aroma had some citrusy hops, light honey, dried floral hop character, super light piney-ness, and a sturdy clean malt backbone.
The flavor was mostly sweet, but clean and mobile from the hops to the malts adding some sweet cracker/biscuit to the mix. Aftertaste of floral to citrusy and somewhat clean cracker-like qualities flow evenly.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected as well.
Overall, pretty nice seasonal APA well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow in color, hints of light orange. big 1" head, lasts forever, so much retention. Floral hop presence (and floral 'floral' presence too). Even the sweetness seems to be yeast derived and floral as well. Spring indeed.

Taste keeps kicking down the floral notes, honeysuckle, apples, pear. Ninkasi does a great job making bombers affordable as any. I liked it, very flavorful blonde ale.

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Photo of Beejay
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden amber, hazy with a few chunks of floaties, and a white head.

S: Lightly hoppy with pine and citrus as well as a biscuit like bread note.

T: Citrus peel, and some floral notes give way to some earthy grapefruit. The bitterness is pretty aggressive for an APA.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good but fairly aggressive bitterness for an APA.

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Photo of gandres
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: light amber, golden orange color, hazy, cloudy, small off white foam
Aroma: pleasant aroma, not hoppy, more on grains
Taste: slightly bitter
Palate: long bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for
Drank: July 13, 2016

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque amber gold. S: minimal, slight malt T: malty w back of mouth bitter kick M: relatively robust O: I was surprised to find I liked this beer. Malty, but with back of the tongue bitterness, very reminiscent of the U.K. bitter but with more hoppiness.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber, very nice white foam head, excellent retention. Smells malty, more like an English Pale Ale, it was very fresh so no hops atenuated. Taste is sweet and bitter, very refreshing but a little bit too sweet. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall a malty APA easy to drink.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Light amber color, clear, a moderate head with decent retention. The aroma is light, hibiscus tea, honey, and grain. Light, malty flavor with a bit of citrus hops in the finish. Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Nice summertime beer overall.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/14/16:

Hazy, mostly opaque, darker honey-amber. Fluffy, wispy head of great retention, off-white. Resin, caramel aromas. Resin, tea, leaf matter, rind throughout, even a little leathery toward the finish. Light caramel and even biscuit suggestions in the middle, but tart at the base. Some peppery retro-olfaction, works well with dry leathery aftertaste. Medium-bodied, watery, tight, dense, soft effervescence, only a little tingly. Extra astringent for the style. Quite good.

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Photo of JayQue
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good APA. Pours a honey gold hazy color with a small white head. Head retention is average and there are a few bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is faint, mostly grassy hops. Flavor is balanced between some floral and grassy hops and dry biscuity malt. There is a good level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry with some decent bitterness. Not a great APA but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Amber orange body color, almost getting into a dark bronze color. From a closer inspection to light the beer is considerably lighter and pale with more of a light orange and almost lemon color. Head is fluffy white, an easy two finger tall and soft retention. Settles to a bowled puck, and good collar.

Nice little aroma. Lighter malts in the aroma with a nice floral hop bent. Chewy and slightly biscuity malt action, small notes of honey as well. Quite interesting animal here.

Solid interesting pale. Soft malted body with honey and some biscuit like sweetness. American hop angle with pine and floral qualities and a good mid palate of mixed malt sweetness, earthy to herbal finish, and a good lingering spicy quality. There's a very nice floral quality to this that seems distinct but hard to pin down.

A real solid pale ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Clear golden pour with small rocky head. Nice malty aroma, more malt than hops, equal parts pils and APA. Dry finish, again favoring the malts.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange golden color with white head. Citrus, grass, and light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with some grass and citrus with a light malt backbone.

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Photo of delta490
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and almost perfectly clear gold with a thin, fizzy white head. The head burns off leaving just a hint of top cover and small amounts of tight, soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty lacking, with just a hint of malt grains. The taste is more robust and offers some nice but mostly non-descript hops bitterness. The body, while light, offers a nice lightly carbonated mouthfeel with just a small amount of weight.

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Photo of Metal_N_Brew
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

App: Burnt-Yellow, cloudy, nice head complete with good lacing.

Smell: Floral, Hoppy, slight orange scent

Taste: Follows the nose, with more hop bitterness and a hint of orange. Fruitiness of Orange and Hoppiness of the beer increases as you let it warm slightly.

Mouthfeel: Balanced entirely.

Overall: Excellent APA. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nothing wrong with this pale ale from ninkasi, but unlike so many of their other beers, this one is just so generic. it could have been made by anyone, there is nothing really distinct about it, and even though i like it, i have higher expectations for these guys, even in a basic pale ale style. a light copper tone to this one, good clarity, and a fine inch of white head. it smells like a pale ale, balanced more than others with a little crystal malt in there for good measure, but its not anywhere near being heavy, and in fact smells quite delicate. the hops in the flavor are more robust than the nose, but they seem mostly bitter, and coupled with the fuller malt thing going on, the beer seems almost inappropriate for spring. it drinks lighter than i am making it sound, and its carbonated really brightly, so that helps too, but i want a bright leafy floral hop thing and i wanted a delicate light springy beer. this says nothing of the season, although i have not been to oregon, so i dont know what their spring is like. maybe its damp and chilly and this beer is perfect, but thats more autumn in my mind. i happily cruised through a pint of this one, but i was looking for more...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Hazy golden amber color with a finger of creamy beige head. Aroma recalls gummy candy, pine needles, a little lemon cleaner, a few other bright citrus notes. More of the same on the palate. Quite a tasty pale ale, well-constructed. Crisp and bitter, a pleasant hoppy astringency that features orange/lemon citrus and herbal forest floor in approximately equal measure. Its not metallic, exactly, but the finish is flinty, steely I suppose. Great mouthfeel, an appreciable creamy thickness and very light caramel flavor to buffer the hops. Getting a whiff of peach late and more than a whiff of melon. Nice. The melon flavor starts to take over. Ninkasi, you fiends. This is a keeper.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bright, golden, orange, sunset body with a half inch of pure white head. Aromas of ripe citrus, cleaning solution. Harsh with chemical notes. Sweet malt with too present alcohol. Candy melon sweetness. No sir.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - nice to see more Spring-themed brews showing up around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent meshed gear lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of dry, toasted pale malt, bitter earthy forest floor detritus, some musky yeast, generic citrus rind, and further floral, leafy hop notes. The taste is more bitter green pine extract, dried orange and grapefruit peel, grainy, bready pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, and additional herbal, leafy, and floral hop acridity.

The bubbles are rather supportive in their well-rounded frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and a bit too edgy to be deemed outright smooth, but it's all right, nonetheless. It finishes off-dry, the malt experiencing a form of resurgence, while the complex hop bitterness lingers about, over, and around.

A pleasant enough west-coast styled American Pale Ale, as now displayed directly front and center on the label. Not sure what this has to do with Spring, other than possessing a sense of freshness, which for beer can be anytime of the year. Whatever, this is enjoyable, and worthy of sipping on while those last niggly bits of snow melt. Or it just fucking snows again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, floral, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, floral, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and floral hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a wine glass in Oregon.

Excellent clarity and carbonation in an amber body. Crisp, near medium body.

Flavor: This has the hop load and bitterness of an IPA. Overly bitter and piney aftertaste with lingering grapefruit peel.

O: recommended for hop heads who favor piney hops and plenty of grapefruity bitterness.

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Photo of sklafia
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I bought and tasted this beer in March to toast the welcome of the Spring season. I enjoyed it and shared it with my family. Here is my review:

Visual: Total (5/6)
It was an amber color, yet still not quite opaque (1/2).
The clarity was lacking and there was unexpected cloudiness (2/2).
The head retention was good, but there was not as much visible carbonation as I had expected. The head was egg-shell white and when poured it was about half an inch thick. It dissipated quickly (2/2).

Aroma: Total (4/6)
There was an unexpected funky smell at first, but also some bright citrus notes and a hint of freshly cut grass. There was also a scent of malty sweetness from the grain (1/2).
The bouquet had a sweet and astringent hoppy floral quality with citrus (1/2).
Smell was reminiscent of a citrus grove with no off-odors (2/2).

Taste: Total (8/10)
The flavor was extremely balanced for an American Pale Ale with some lingering bitterness but floral flavors (2/2).
There were not any off flavors (2/2).
The mouthfeel was effervescent and pulled moisture without being drying. It was very light-bodied (2/2).
The tail left a distinct yet pleasant lingering sensation (1/2).
As far as carbonation, the bubbles were extremely small and not plentiful. I hoped for more (1/2).

Overall: Total (21/25)
I appreciated the American Pale Ale and it was a good representation of the style, as it was well-balanced. I would try it again and pair it with a dish like a steak salad, which I imagine would cut the fattiness and complement the citrus.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I agree with BierJager89 But, I like it because it is a Spring Brew, it should be lighter. Great for a Seattle Spring day. this would be good for any social gathering celebrating the PNW spring and a great time to see how friends like it! It really helps to try this one on a Real Spring Day, especially after drinking all those fine winter ales!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden copper color with a creamy tan head.

S: A little malt and some peach, orange and citrus peel in the nose.

T: Interesting. Starts out malty, followed by dull fruits, then citrus, which crescendos and becomes a bit tart and lemony in the finish.

M: Light bodied and smoothish, crisp and refreshing.

O: It was a bit light for my taste, and the taste was not what I was hoping for and a bit disappointing after the nose. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium golden color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - slightly musky aroma, but with a hint of citrus. Definitely more malty than hoppy, at least in the aroma.

Taste - sweet sense of maltiness to begin with, but quickly turns bitter. I can't quite taste the hops, but you can certainly feel them in the taste, which seems a little strong for this style.

Mouthfeel - medium body, a little on the creamy side.

Overall - Not a bad brew, but seems a little off for this style. Not bad in general though.

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Photo of Kearneytheking
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this in a big ol' bottle that was given to me as a gift. A Portland local said it was one of the more popular breweries at the time (Spring 2013) so I was a bit excited. Can't testify for said person's beer IQ though.

Just a quick review of this beer - I was in awe by the color. It was a deep beautiful orange- I was expecting it to be a much more pale beer. The smell was floral and hoppy without much else being present. That's how it drank as well. Pretty simple, basic pale ale. I could see myself drinking these pretty easily, but not a beer I'd go out of my way to find.

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