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."

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-13-2009

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Belmont Station last weekend.. poured into my Chimay goblet..

rocky 2 finger head... leaves surprising amounts of lace and has great retention.. the brew is slightly hazy gold.

grainy pale malts make up the bulk of the nose.. polished with a bright citric hoppiness... I am enjoying this one... I normally don't care for "blondes".

again alot of clean pale malts with touches of biscuit.. nice citrus hoppiness is bigger than most others that I've tried in the style.. finish is clean with an interesting and pleasant/yet unexpected "earthy" component.. a little bit of floral hoppiness is also present.. The body is light/medium for the style and carbonation is smooth small bubble.. very inviting.

I would compare this with a lite APA with a bigger yet some how dryer pale malt profile.. no caramel in this one... I would buy this one often if I had it available.... it would be just fantastic while working out in a hot Boise summer day.


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Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a thin white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, floral, some citrus, and some malt.

taste is semi-thick, pine, dandelion, grass, some nuts, hops, and a few malts, ends on the dry side and bitter, becomes more bitter as you drink.

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Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at a QFC.. no freshness date.. although it's a spring release...

- Hardly and head as poured at an angle into a tumbler glass... mild lacing.. slightly cloudy, and a nice light copper color.

- Citrus hop aroma and mild caramel malt.. pretty floral as well. Thats about it!

- Ahhh refreshing... great citrus flavor and hop profile... smooth rich malt but balanced and not too sweet. Nice lemon zest/ bitter finish.... A true Oregon Spring ale.

- Bitter and not so chewy mouthfeel.. a bit biscuit-like.. a little dry..

- Quit drinkable.. perfect carbonation... and smooth with no alcohol burn whatsoever.

Recommend a try at least.. but not a top pick.. especially from this brewer.. and I am shooting myself for missing an Oaked Cask of Tricerahops last night...

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Bright amber/orange in colour, good sized off white head. Lots of citic hoppiness in the aroma ,backed by a good malt. Flavour is very lemony /orange hoppiness, bright and breezy, though you can tell the malt backing underneath is strong and consistent. Nice mouthfeel..great hoppy after taste. Very nice, excellent strong pale.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my snifter, the beer is dark orange with a nice off white head. Retention is good and there is some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of toasted caramel malt with a very interesting hop profile. It's pungent floral, medicinal, and slightly citrus. Flavor is slightly malty up front and segues into a strange medicinal, metallic, floral hop profile. To be honest, it's quite strange and tastes like lead with some alcohol. The beer is quite bitter with a strange, off hop flavor.

Light bodied with with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this. The metallic and medicinal hop finish was too much.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good fluffy head, golden amber in color with slight haze.

S- A slight fruity berry smell with the presence of hops.

T- The taste is nutty, and the combined flavors give a coffee taste weird. There is a earthy tone to this for sure. If looking at the bottle and drinking this it almost embodies a fresh spring rain. Very hearty and tasty for such a light colored brew.

M- Solid mouth feel.

D- Very easy to drink, great solid brew.

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Photo of Floydster
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle just received in the mail from 5000, thanks for this brew Andre, nice extra from a new brewery for me, poured into my Firestone pint glass, currently drinking

A-Golden orange with red tints, one inch soapy white head, decent retention, very nice lacing at first, pillow eventually formed in the middle
S-Pine, grassy accents, toasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, light caramel, butter, and crackers
T-Starts off with a big grapefruit taste, fades into some grapefruit, nice toasty bread in the middle, hoppiness in the finish that are piercing for a blonde, tastes very fresh overall and has a nice dry aftertaste, nicely balanced
M-Dry, toasted, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lasts a long time for its style
D-Hard to believe this stuff is even six percent, seems like half of that, goes down very easy, light on the stomach, great drinkability

One of the more flavorful blondes out there, would make a nice session beer, nice seasonal with a nice Northwest hop presence, wish this stuff was available in my neck of the woods, recommended

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Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this is the first beer I have had from Ninkasi, and if the label hadn't been so bright and appealing on a crappy Seattle day I might not have picked it. Right now I am glad to have bought it. A slightly vigorous pour gives it a light amber orange color with a 2 finger head, and a slight head retention and good lacing. Smell is mostly fresh hops with a little bit of light malt in the background. Taste is orange zest and floral hops, with a bit of roasted malt. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer, and makes me think of how some of the better pale ales out there would be if they were fresh.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle. Slightly hazed amber with one finger of off white head. (gentle pour) Good amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is citrus grapefruit orange hops and strong support from the sweet malts. Tasted like a nice West Coast Pale Ale to my palate. Easy drinker, very smooth. Medium dry finish. Very fine spring beer. I believe this beer was quite fresh and it is the first time I have seen it on the shelves in the Portland area.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown bomber with glowing light green label, colors of the spring I suppose. Well here we go...

A: a hazy glowing of orange and orangish reds with flat golden hues. The body was topped off with a crowded white head with firm blobs and streaks of lace. A big chunk of crusty foam floated dead center on top

S: biscuit malts and toasted whiffs with a handful of northwest hops. Hops smell of floral, earthy grasses, and pine. Nice nose between hops and mellow caramel smell

T: this beer houses a good interplay of malts and hops. Initially, toasted malts with a slab of caramel flow throughout and then piney, grassy, lemon, and grapefruit. Hop notes streak back to front on the tongue. Finishes crisp and hops have a good snap in the whole mix. Reminds me of a "wet hop" styled brew
Soft toasted notes hang in the balance and with a smack of the tongue are easily noticeable. I am digging this brew with every sip and hop fans should find ample security in this tasty brew

M: has a slight invigorating essence on the tongue that is polished and borderline smooth. Body is mild and goes down good, almost like a good lager but better

D: the bottle says "a session beer that everyone can enjoy" I would agree. Another great and tasty Ninkasi!

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