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Spring Reign | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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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): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,581
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
302
pDev:
12.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
Trade:
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Ratings: 302 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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 StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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 nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thin, bitter golden ale.

Beautiful appearance with endless lacing. Ditto the mouthfeel, with good carbonation and creaminess. Starts with a hint of malt and a refreshing watery taste. But a needless over-bitter hop assault takes over. Quite acidic. No hint of sweetness but maybe a touch of roasted malt. The initial sensation is good, but the aftertaste is so long and so bitter the thrill is soon gone. But I'll save it to mix with Huber's Simpler Times, a cheap, sweet lager begging for a kiss of the heavy hops.

So this is a matter of taste, but it seems like sharp, highly hopped ales should be in the Pale Ale category.

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Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured golden amber in color with a full, frothy, white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty decent head retention with some great lacing as I drank it. Excellent looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows a lot of grainy, toasted malts to it. I get some grassy, citrus notes to the hops as well, but the malts seem to be the stronger of the flavors.

The taste shows more of the hops to it. I get a little bit of a resiny, bitter flavor up front, while more of the grassy, herbal, citrus flavors come out in the finish. The toasted, grainy malts are also there throughout the flavor, and lend it some sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and flavorful beer. It wasn't anything outstanding, but was pretty decent. The flavors were pretty well balanced in the taste as well. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus apricot with a light blush of coral red and edges of Sunkist orange. What a wonderful hue. Two fingers of toasted almond colored suds are perched atop the beer. Good longevity and abundant sea foam lace make the appearance score an easy call.

The aroma is too tame, which makes me think that American blonde ale is a better choice than APA. The hop bill is well-chosen: Simcoe, Santiam and Ahtanum. Unfortunately, it's more fruit peel musky and floral than tropical fruity. In other words, the Simcoe don't dominate like I'd like.

Spring Reign Ale is delicious beer and really is more of an American pale ale than a blonde. It has more toasted maltiness than most blondes and it has more hop bitterness as well... even though we're now two seasons removed from the release. The 38 initial IBUs don't appear to have taken much of a hit.

The malt really isn't that toasted on the palate. Biscuity pale malt is well out in front. The Tettanger-like Santiam lead the way, with grapefruit citrusy Ahtanum and tropical fruity Simcoe several lengths behind. Why do I often use a horse race analogy when talking about flavor profile? In any case, this is a still-hoppy brew that is a pleasure to drink.

There isn't a thing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's closer to medium than light, and manages to deliver a silky suppleness that is probably the result of near perfect carbonation. Good job NBC.

Spring Reign Ale is at least as good as Radiant Summer Ale. Why stop there Ninkasi? Give us something for the autumn and winter seasons that is just as hoppy and just as good. More hoppy and better would work too.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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 imbibehour
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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 malfunxion
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted and biscuit malt, faint hops, reminiscent of a light pilsner. Flavor of mild bready and biscuit malt, sligthly nutty, finishing with dry bittering hops with light herabl notes. Medium bodied. Flavors are appropriate for a light Spring ale; but nothing really stands out and could use slightly more hop flavor to balance the bitterness in the finish. A nice dinner beer with pleasant maltiness.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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 flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, light golden color with three-finger head which dissipated slowly.

Smell: bright, spicy hops are right up front; this smells like an IPA.

Taste: slightly sweet, the malt flavors are apparent. The hops are quite present (and pleasant) in flavor, bit it is not overly bitter; this is a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with not a huge amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: while the hops flavor are pretty intense, this would be a good beer to down on a hot day at a barbecue.

This beer reminds me quite a lot of Bridgeport IPA, actually.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a tall off white colored head.

Smells mostly malty with a strong caramel candy aroma. Hops are present too in a decent amount pine and wood mostly, C Type Hops. Smells something like a mellowed out Arrogant Bastard but the malt beats the hops in this one.

Starts out dry and hoppy, malt is there but the sugars are gone. Little bit astringent it is a lot like watered down Arrogant Bastard. Actually is a little annoying.

Mouthfeel is average.

An OK beer but nothing special, tastes like a watered down Stone Arrogant Bastard.

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 302 ratings
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