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
Ratings:
302
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
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Photo of MikeRice1969
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rao2100
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of B_B
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Rpm0003
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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 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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Photo of meganonymous
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, transparent amber with about 1/2 inch of white fluffy head with a light lacing.
Lots of hop aroma, which is what Ninkasi is really known for. Really bright citrus scent with piney resin tones in there too.
i recently had my first Spring rein of the season at the Ninkasi tasting room and just thought "heck, yes. I've missed this beer." It's a leetle bit high in ABV to be a true session beer, but it's so drinkable and flavorful I can def knock back a couple of these lovely ladies.
The carbonation is just high enough to really make those citrus hop notes sing and be really refreshing.

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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 PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Big fluffy clouds of cream colored head atop a hazy dark orangish copper body. The head slowly shrinks to cloudy clumps and a healthy skim surrounding them. Good lacing. Color is way off for a 'blonde ale' or I'd bump the appearance score up a notch.

Clean nose of light toasted malts with some light floral and citrusy hops. A bit of hay/grass.

Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of toasted malt with a bit of caramel sweetness. A hint of pumpkin(?). Gentle citrusy hops. Finishes pretty dry with a hint of toffee sweetness.

Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation. General mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Overall impression: Nice sessionable beer. A lot more interesting than I expected from a blonde ale. Recommended.

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Photo of lsummers
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper orange with a one finger eggshell white head that is very sticky.

Smells of a fresh hoppy pilsner or pale ale. Cut grass, touch of pine and blossom. Some sweet malt characters.

Taste is buiscuty nutty caramel sweetness mixed with that fresh cut grassy hop note. I want to say citrusy hops at the same time as floral. I get a mix of both. Bitternotes coexist with it's sweet malty character. One detracting thing might be a slight off note on the aftertaste, very minimal though.

Mouthfeel is sticky and mild carbonation. Lightly chewy.

Overall, this is a perfect spring beer. I would definitely try this beer again. Such a great blend of bitter floral citric hops and sweet caramel malt notes. The only thing keeping it back are some astringent characters towards the aftertaste. I'm overlooking this since I'm really enjoying the beer.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Tivlavrie
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 RandyFlameThrower
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Phelps
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large snifter-style glass.

Pumpkin-orange, hazed with tiny, visible particles. A hard pour delivers a dense, creamy head of off-white that sticks around for a long time and grips the glass in large-bubbled trails.

Smells like spring. Grass, floral notes, lots of honey and a touch of citrus. Good, bright balance of sweet malt and hops.

Subtle toasty malt quickly becomes sweeter and honeyed. Caramel and toasted biscuits emerge more as the brew warms. Grass, citrus pith and floral hops blend with orange before a crisp finish.

Fairly big body — about medium before some silky fizz lightens things up. Carbonation is mild and pinching. Finishes squeaky-clean.

A bright, well-balanced ale; tasty and nicely hopped for a blonde. Probably best in spring, but also thoroughly enjoyable in the summer, when I had it.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep yellow with orange highlights. Nose has lots of lemony hops.Very fresh and clean smelling. Taste is similar with lemon hop notes right up front. There’s good strong bitterness and generic malty sweetness as well. Tastes a bit like an ale version of a maibock.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome label with the Ninkasi Seal Decorated in spring pastel flowers. Great color scheme!! Eye-catching!!

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a clear golden amber color with an airy 2 finger white foam head. Head retention was 2min 43sec before settling into a very frothy foam cap. Excellent lacing!! Has bits of sediment floating around.

Smell/Aroma: Smells citrus and a grass-like aroma, slight hints of honey sweetness can be detected as well. A toasty malt aroma is hidden between the rest. Has a very clean and fresh smell.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of grassy-earthy hops right away making for a bitter front-end. Toasty bread-like malt along with a slight honey sweetness dominate the mid-section of this beer. The bitterness resurfaces on the back-end, though much more floral in nature at this point. Interesting.

MouthFeel: On the light side of Medium-bodied and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability: Moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing. Very drinkable!!

Overall/Comments: This was my first time having this and I came away thinking that this would be a very solid choice in late spring/early summer. Another solid beer from Ninkasi!! Classified as an American Blond Ale at 6% ABV. Spring Seasonal Release. Reviewed and Consumed 9/20/12.

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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