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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 Floydster
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +12%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +12%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12%

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22 oz bottle into Carlsberg glass :)

A - pours a nice, copper-amber color, with moderate head/lacing

S - Caramel malts, orange, grapefruit, floral hoppy notes. Sort of along the lines of an IPA or American Pale Ale, but a bit more subtle.

T - Nice, biscuit-like, slightly bready malt profile with caramel notes, with orange notes and floral hop kick at the end. Very much along the lines of an APA, despite being categorized as a blonde ale on here.

M - Medium bodied, super smooth texture. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Highly sessionable stuff, but flavorful too. Great at offering the best of both worlds!

Overall - This is a nice "spring ale" as they call it, that will probably appeal to fans of pale ale, and mellower IPA's. It may be raining here in WA, but this brew already has me in the spring mood, lol.

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