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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
297
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
19.83%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
50
For Trade:
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 297
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange golden color with white head. Citrus, grass, and light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with some grass and citrus with a light malt backbone.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a golden amber color with a small white head and minimal lacing

S-some bready malt, grassy, hints of citrus

T-bready malt and slight sweet caramel flavor with grassy herbal hop notes and decent bitter finish

F-light body with light carbonation, crisp

O-decent blonde ale with good flavor, would be a decent session beer

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Photo of vkv822
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Hazy golden wheat colored with a foamy, off white head, nice lacing.

Light floral, biscuit in the nose.

Palate follows the nose with toasty, biscuit malts and earthy, floral, herbal hops,

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An interesting pale ale, or blonde, or whatever you want to call it. It seems more of an English take on the style, and with that in mind, is quite pleasant.

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Photo of delta490
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and almost perfectly clear gold with a thin, fizzy white head. The head burns off leaving just a hint of top cover and small amounts of tight, soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty lacking, with just a hint of malt grains. The taste is more robust and offers some nice but mostly non-descript hops bitterness. The body, while light, offers a nice lightly carbonated mouthfeel with just a small amount of weight.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce stubby in a Shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of frothy, creamy, light tan head, fed by multiple queues of rising carbonation that cause it to stick around for awhile. The lace clings to the glass in thick rings. The color is a medium dark, reddish-golden.

I don't get a real strong hop smell in the aroma, but my sense of smell is quite bad, leaving me to rely on taste-aroma and burps. Nevertheless, floral and earthy hops are evident in the overall taste, which is relatively well-balanced, with a malty sweetness counterpoised by moderate hop bitterness. I detect some fruitiness, but I can't quite describe the fruit- it is somewhat like a semi-sweet apple. I like that I can detect at least some flavors like this, and not just hops...The mouthfeel is fairly pleasant, partially on account of the froth.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Some of the beers from this brewery are a bit hoppy for my taste, but this one is pretty close to what I prefer. It's also a bit more ale-like than some other "blonde" ales that I've tried.

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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 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 JayQue
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good APA. Pours a honey gold hazy color with a small white head. Head retention is average and there are a few bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is faint, mostly grassy hops. Flavor is balanced between some floral and grassy hops and dry biscuity malt. There is a good level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry with some decent bitterness. Not a great APA but certainly worth a try.

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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 gandres
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: light amber, golden orange color, hazy, cloudy, small off white foam
Aroma: pleasant aroma, not hoppy, more on grains
Taste: slightly bitter
Palate: long bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for
Drank: July 13, 2016

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard nikasi label/logo, nice clean and recognizable on this 22. Catchy name too. Pours a rather hazy amber tan color with not much head...but a good bit of sticky lacing.

A very well-balanced brew. Maybe a bit too high in alphas, especially in the finish, but otherwise a good blend of hops to malt.

Aroma is a bit woody, some straw, and a bit of metallic hop spice. Some diacetyl/buttery flavors in here, bleh. Some DMS cooked veggies too. Some grapenut graininess. It aint bad, but its nothing outstanding. I'm glad to see Ninkasi has fixed their spoiled bottle issues and such though. This js just a standard blonde/golden/pa, nothing really off or really exceptional.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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 RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This poured a cool-looking brownish-orange in color with a decent head that pitted well on top of the liquid.

Smell - This aroma leads off with heavily-toasted malts, and I mean heavily-toasted. It's almost like a slightly burnt piece of bread but in a nice way, and there's some accompanying yeast as well. The hop profile is actually quite stiff but just manages a draw against the sharp malt aromas.

Taste - The leafy hops step up a bit at the taste, the opposite of what usually happens, and the malt loses some of its structure. The toasty notes are now more of a compliment to the hops than the other way around like it was at the smell.

Mouthfeel - This is where the beer kind of fell apart for me. It was way too thin for the sharp flavors, it lacks that smooth, sessionable mouthfeel that you expect from the style, and the carbs felt a bit cheap.

Drinkability - I liked the sharp personality of the flavors but it just didn't go down well for a beer trying to fill the sessionable bill.

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Photo of Beejay
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden amber, hazy with a few chunks of floaties, and a white head.

S: Lightly hoppy with pine and citrus as well as a biscuit like bread note.

T: Citrus peel, and some floral notes give way to some earthy grapefruit. The bitterness is pretty aggressive for an APA.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good but fairly aggressive bitterness for an APA.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Spring Reign at a beer store. $3.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dirty brown/gold color and is hazy. Thick foamy white head. A lot of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell strong and sweet. floral and fruity. Smells like over ripe apples or pears.

Taste is a bitter grain flavor up front, with some fruity flavors and bit of a vinaigrette taste along side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly full-bodied for the style. Slightly cloying with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Drinkable, and a little unusual for the style. More body and bitterness than expected. I would have this again in season.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served is straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean golden yellow with over an inch of white head, the beer was VERY carbonated, and had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, with some grain scents in the background. The flavor was more balanced than the aroma had led me to expect. The hops upfront were well balanced with a solid grain finish.

The body was typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, a decent beer, worth a shot if you see it.

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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 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 Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of Nerudamann
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium golden color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - slightly musky aroma, but with a hint of citrus. Definitely more malty than hoppy, at least in the aroma.

Taste - sweet sense of maltiness to begin with, but quickly turns bitter. I can't quite taste the hops, but you can certainly feel them in the taste, which seems a little strong for this style.

Mouthfeel - medium body, a little on the creamy side.

Overall - Not a bad brew, but seems a little off for this style. Not bad in general though.

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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 ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Spring Reign is a dark, murky rust color with a large, light khaki head that leases decent lace. Much darker then I was expecting, the label cites a refereshing seasonal ale with bright and crisp NW hops, I was thinking something along the lines of SNPA.

Smell is buttery caramel malts, faint citrus.

Taste is also heavy on the crystal malt, lemony hops provide more sour then brightness. Seems like it might be past it's prime (judging by the description, yet it's barely spring here, and I don't think this has been out for more the 6 weeks, and was purchased from a fridge. Taste is a little thick on the malts, not bad, but I could use less diacetyl and specialty grains, more hop brightness. Maybe it just staled really fast...

Mouthfeel is heavier then it is in the belly, but there is a drier crispness to it.

Drinkability is okay for what it is, a strong pale ale. But not what I was hoping for or expecting after reading the label. Decent price at least.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light and blonde and drinks like a forgettable ale. the hops show up but don't really make a statement and the beer seems over carbonated. I know this is a entry level type beer but I expected more from these guys especially for a seasonal in a bomber.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a little hoppier than other Blonde ales I've had. That wasn't really a bad thing though. I thought it was more of a pale ale than anything else, as I didn't detect much malts in the taste. It had a fruity/hoppy smell, with a little malt in the end. It's not a beer that explodes in my mouth, but it is nice for the hot summer days.

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Photo of hreb
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cold 22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass. Beer pours a solid orange with a thick orange-white head. Aroma is familiar and beery, like a lager or perhaps a red ale.

Once past the creamy head, the flavor is significantly more hoppy, closer to the IPA-hop dimension as suggested by the label. Crisp and dry, but a bitter, perhaps even metallic aftertaste lingers. Unfortunately all the malt is up front leaving nothing to balance out the rest.

The label claims this is drinkable a session beer, but given the ABV and IBUs, I can't agree.

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Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.
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