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Spring Reign | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews:
109
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
19.83%
 
 
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 295
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a fizzy white head. Very lively.

S - Malty, sweet, and floral.

T - Tastes like a bold lager - Malty but crisp and floral.

D - Drinks light, slight bitterness.

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Photo of gpogo
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Large off white head with a sticky lacing. Clear orange body with lots of carbonation.

A- A faint skunk aroma(just hoping I didn't get a bad bottle). Slight phenolic and sourness.

T- Interesting. Seemed sort of sour at first followed by an almost astringent taste that reminded me of vomit aftertaste. Upon a second sip I realize these are the nutty toasted malt notes, but it just doesn't work for me. Phenolic hop notes as well. As it warmed, the sips tasted better, though it still didn't seem to be a well put together flavor.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- I've been very impressed with most of Ninkasi's brews. I'd give this beer another shot and just hope I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour with steady bead feeding a mostly-gone head that retains shadows of something that looked really good; webbed lace with large bubbles, off-white colour. Quite nice.

Smell is quite metallic but malty. Bit of sourness to it with herbs and phenols and a slight vomit smell as well, just that slight organic acid to it. A bit rich and phenolic for my taste, but not off-putting.

Taste is malty and rich for the most part. Thick toffee flavour with a nutty edge towards the mid, with walnuts and marzipan. Bit of a coppery hop edge towards the back that lasts, but isn't quite strong enough to counteract the wet-dough flavour that comes through late. As you drink more and that phenol-metallic hop character continues to coat the palate, it retains a robustness. Yeah, it's OK.

A bit thin upfront, gets more texture towards the back but still feels a little thin, and empty.

Not a bad brew, can see what they're doing and it's been done pretty successfully, if not outstandingly.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Whole Foods, SoMa San Francisco on a recent trip, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours clear and bright, a lovely deep golden colour, with a somewhat filmy and pancake-bubble-ridden head. Lacing is very intricate and pleasant, however, and it has a lovely fine bead. Looks pretty nice overall.

Nose is very subdued, with a mild American hop fragrance giving touches of peaches and melon. Slight yeasty overtones, but these are well balanced by the hop characters. Minimal body, and it's quite light overall, but it's fresh and clean and pleasant, nonetheless.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a pleasant bitterness that interleaves itself nicely with a surprising grain huskiness. It adds to the crispness, but the hop flavour—those slightly tropical melon notes—tends to get lost somewhat. Gritty finish, but the lightness overall doesn't make this a big issue.

A decent brew, clean, fresh, bright and drinkable without being all that exciting. But I'm very happy to have some unexcitingly quaffable beer on the roster, and Ninkasi again delivers on that.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pours yields less than an inch of head, which rapidly recedes. Color is orangey with just a hint of haze.

Citrus and grassy hops on the nose.

Grassy hops, earthy tones on the mouth. Bit of pepper. There's a lingering bitterness.

Nice medium-low carbonation. Feels kinda thick for what it is.

I'm not really sure what an American Blonde Ale is supposed to be, other than a marketing gimmick. I feel it's too hoppy for the style, and consequently would make a better pale ale. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many bottles I shipped home to myself from the northwest. Loved all that I’ve had from Ninkasi. This one is no exception.

2 fingers of foamy bright white head form and this settles to about a finger. Then is sits and lingers. Nice lacing. Bright amber color with mostly copper highlights. A bit of tiny quickly rising carbonation.

Aroma is of light toasted malt. Very fruity with a touch of sweetness.

Nice flavor. Excellent balance. Drinks more to what I think of a Pale Ale vs. Blonde…. Very fruity up front with a wonderful bready flavor just below. The end brings in a nice amount of bitterness that balances out the sweetness just as it builds. Fairly crisp finish

Medium light body with a very light amount of carbonation. A bit slick.

Really a nice beer for what it’s supposed to be. Seems to be a nice light session beer to help celebrate the warmer weather. Spot on boys!! Keep up the great work.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light golden amber with a thin head that leaves a fair lace. Smell is light, but floral hops are there with malt in the back. Taste has a strong grapefruit bitter that seems out of balance with the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. They call this "blonde" a session ale on the bottle, but to me it's more towards an IPA.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/27/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with whitish head, decent retention leaving some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet pale malts and herbal hops. Fresh simple and refreshing.

T: Very fresh and crisp, pale malts balanced with herbal hops. A refreshing taste of spring. Tastes pretty much like it smells, a bit sweeter than the nose and a lingering herbal hop taste after each sip.

M: Crisp light body with good carbonation, starts slightly sweet and finishes dry.

O: Solid spring ale from Ninkasi, no real complaints here. Good drinkability, really refreshing.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost orange and almost clear. Decent head and so-so lacing.

Smells of grains and dirt to me, tho I like the smell of dirt. Light and airy.

Tastes of grains and light, dry lemony hops. Lingering citrus and some dry fields top it off.

Feel is quite rich and smooth, finely silky carbonation, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinks pretty good for the style. Not a huge hit with me but an easy going summer-drinker.

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Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.

Pours almost completely clear amber with a thick but small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

The aroma is like a nice crispy piece of toast with some light earthy hops, pretty grassy actually.

Like the aroma, the taste strikes me as very toasted. Crisp floral hops that remind me of a freshly mowed lawn. Almost gets a little too earthy as the finish has a really grainy character.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with good carbonation and a dry bitterness after each sip.

The overly toasted malt character detracts a bit from the overall package for me but it's a nice drinkable bland with a healthy grassy hop profile.

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Photo of cole2
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great golden-orange color. Weak one-finger head; poor retention.

S: Floral hops with some roasted malt. Smells like its name would suggest.

T: Good floral bitterness with more caramel than hit the nose. Otherwise it's got some bready malts. The bitterness sticks around awhile.

M: Moderate carbonation and maybe slightly heavier than other blondes. Still pretty light-bodied.

O: At 6% abv this is not quite the session beer it claims to be, but it's very easy to drink and tastes pretty good. Wouldn't turn down a free pint, but it's not Ninkasi's best.

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Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle shared on 4.4.11, shared with neighborhood beer partner.

One finger semi-broken creamy white head, medium-slow dissipation, good lacing, over clear straw yellow body surrounded by multiple streams of rising carbonation. Hops dominate the nose, pretty grassy with slight pineyness, dryish bready malts for balance. Taste mirrors nose, not much going on here, fairly light body and mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not very impressed, my least favorite of Ninkasi offerings to date.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

360th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

App- Cloudy gold color with a nice pillowy 1 1/2 finger head. Good cling, looked like a promising beer.

Smell- Almost too malty in the nose with a bit of a old corn smell, leaning towards the husk thats wet.

Taste- Taste followed the nose, I just did not like the malty/bitter/AAL taste. I couldn't finish it.

Mouth- Thin bodied with a medium carb level. Bready malty finish of what I did put back.

Drink- It's below average and I expected more. I had heard good things about Ninkasi but think I need to try their regular line up before I write them off.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer after taking a week off (limiting myself to one, two days max a week - it sucks). A big thanks to googzoid10 for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a orange, straw color. About a finger of white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Lots of roasted, bready malts, citrusy and floral hops, slight caramel backbone.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. A nice bitter flavor, not as much citrus taste is noticeable though the floral characteristics do shine. Slight earthy and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, crisp, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Easily quaffable, and that is exactly what I'm doing on such an annoyingly hot day (upper 80's right now, was 90's earlier). Thanks for the great extra!

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Photo of loren01
2.18/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color, nice sized head with good lacing down the glass
S: Bready scents along with floral hop smell
T: Much the same as the smell, bready malts along with a floral hop taste, aftertaste is medicinal, astringent and very bitter.
M: Light bodied beer, a little heavy with the carbonation though.
D: Finally found a Ninkasi that I don't like...this was a drain pour.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loads of carbonation in this beer. It looks like a spring (blonde) ale should look like, light and crisp, the color is golden yellow, or blonde if you will. It is a little hazy, you can't see through it really at all, which is surprisingly nice. The head is a nice two fingers and it is sticking around for a while, it looks fluffy and pillowy, and completely white. The appearance on this is pretty impressive. The smell is nice, it smells like spring! It just smells super refreshing and nice and crisp. It has a nice light hop smell and a sweet malty finish on the smell as well. It also smells a little citrusy and it might have some floral notes as well. A little complex, but not too much on the smell, either way it smells nice! Not as much flavor as I would have liked on the taste. The hops and malts are really skimping out on this beer. I mean that is kinda to be expected because it is a blonde ale, but it's a little more than I would have liked. On the plus side it is very refreshing, and it has some nice citrus characteristics and some flowery taste to it. It tastes like spring to me, which is really nice, I just wish there was more of that flavor all around. Overall, tasty, but I wish they increased all the flavors one notch! Mouthfeel is pretty good, normal for a blonde ale, and the drinkability is very high, higher than I should give it credit for, the taste would indicate low drinkability, but since I want more of that flavor that I'm only getting a little bit of, and because it's very crisp and refreshing, it just makes me want more and more of it. Overall, a well done beer, not too impressive on the taste, but it is so crisp and refreshing that it makes me want to give it a good grade.

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

Pours a hazy and bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are nice, fresh green resiny hop nose hits you on the first sniff. I also notice some nice sweet crystal sweet malts.

Taste has nice balance of bready sweet malts, and resiny green hops. Beer almost has a wheat like spicy quality in there as well and a nice crisp mildly bitter and tart lemon like finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, soft, smooth, and full.

Overall, I'm impressed. When I read on BA that this was a blonde, I was little upset about my purchase, but man, this a tasty and amped up version of the style.

This might be a spring seasonal, but man, this would be perfect for a warm summer day. Well done Ninkasi, I am fan.

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Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from BevMo Mountain View.

Brilliant clear golden in color with a lasting white head and excellent lacing that totally coats the glass.

The aroma is like a spring rain (I assume that's where the name comes from). Some wet leaves and earth for sure, along with pale malt and herbal notes.

The flavor has pale malt and just a touch of caramel, with considerable hop bitterness, herbal and earthy.

Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and a good lightness to it.

Good stuff, a real beer's beer as I like to say, not something that an old redneck would think was to froofy-froofy, but still tasty. I approve.

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

I'm having a hard time believing this is a blonde ale. Its a little too hop forward to fulfill the stylistic component.

A: gold, finger of head, lots of carbonation.

S: Citrus hops and roasted malt are equally prevalent

T: The hops are quite present with citrus flavor but there is a significant, almost lager-like, malt component that dominates.

M: light bodied, moderately carbonated.

D: An easy beer to drink a lot of. Its lager-like characteristic smoothness is made much more enjoyable (imo) by its strong hoppiness (for the style), making this an above average session beer.

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Photo of mtwentz
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz into a Station U-Brew pint.

pours a clear orange/gold. nice white head sticks around for awhile, puffy lumps of clouds.

smells of yeasty bread dough. very slight bitterness lies beneath.

nice dry hop bitterness upfront, followed by that medium maltiness, absorbed by a bitter malt finish.

I remember this beer with more pale malt and not so much of that hang-around dry bitterness.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from 22oz bomber.

pours out a slighty-hazy, light-orange. fairly underwhelming head, but did show pretty nice retention.

for me, the aroma was the only so-so component in this beer. it's certainly not too shabby, but either the hops were a bit underwhelming or the alcohol-malt mix was a bit overwhelming

the aforementioned somewhat-lack-of-smell was a set-up! nice big hoppy punch at the outset. hard to believe this is only the advertised 38IBU, not that this avowed hop-head is complaining! malt is still leaving me wanting a bit, but nearly perfect carbonation to round out the mouthfeel, as seems to be commonplace with ninkasi's offerings.

rating drinkability purely on a typical blonde ale being fairly middle-of-the road, i'd go only a '3', but pretend it's an IPA and it's an easy '4' and still certainly sessionable!

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Photo of philbertk
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Refreshing Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release 2009--22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--38 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--White lacy medium head. No sediment. Slightly hazy fizzy rich bright gold color. Aromatic mild earthy pine hop toast hint front. Crisp cloying mild sweet butter caramel bisquit rich Golden Ale body. Refreshing smooth balanced hop spice citrus hint clean end. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.00 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Crisp & Refreshing Spring Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Rocky foamy lasting 1/2" mild lace head. No sediment. Clear bright rich gold color. Delicate flowery wheat hint gentle hop front. Crisp mellow sweet medium textured light caramel rich Golden Ale body. Clean refreshing light hop spice mild citrus end. Crisp clean zesty rich tasty not overpowering Golden. Sampled 2/27/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $8.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 2/26/2011.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale Seasonal Release--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Purchased for $3.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 3/5/2011.

3/5/2011 Sampling--Big foamy lacy lasting off white head. Clear thin rich gold color. Delicate floral mild hop light fruit ester hint front. Crisp clean refreshing mild sweet light textured light caramel fruit body. Clean mild hop spice end. Refreshing rich easy Golden Ale.

3/6/2011 Sampling--Rocky lacy medium thick white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Delicate floral hop front. Crisp refreshing mild sweet light textured tasty light malt smooth Golden Ale body. Mild hop clean refreshing citrus hint crisp end. Subtly hopped. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A neat little dark yellow to orange gem. Big foam head, great retention, even smelled like spring, flowers and a nice sweet yeast component.

Taste, great honey and floral hop complexity to a very light feeling beer in a good way. The slightest feel of apples and maybe even cinammon (its not just for winter beers). A great hot weather, working outdoors, swimming, shooting beer. And for $3.50, you can't go wrong. Check it out.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic. Tasted several times from tap with consistent results.

I find this brew a little odd... it is labeled as a blonde ale, but is actually a little heavier and more intense than 'blonde' ale would suggest.

A - Good amber hue (already looking like anything except blonde ale), medium head, average lace.

S - lots of malty roasted goodness... again blonde ale?

T - tastes like a pale ale or amber ale, lots of malts and a hint of spice and hops.

M - Medium+ bodied with a thick texture. Again, seems a little rich for being a blonde...

D - Pretty good and decently balanced, but you have to think of this as either an amber or pale ale then you get it.

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.
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