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Radiant Summer Ale | 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: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
6% alc./vol. 40 IBUs
Millenium, Galena, Northern Brewer, Liberty hops. Dry-hopped with Liberty.

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
232
pDev:
12.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that memorable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would think that this would be a universally liked drinkable beer. Very appealing and drinkable while offering complexity and real flavor and character. Most Ninkasa brews are good, this one very good. I believe that this is an unappreciated and under rated brewery.

Pours crystal clear bright orange amber with a thick, firm, pillowy long lasting head.

Nose is candi sugar, cooked bright stone fruit, hints of fresh pear-nice.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium bodied but great balance with light carbonation, a hint too light.

Flavors are appealing, layered and complex. Front palate of slightly fruity/sweet cooked fruit that goes right to big burnt toast bitter, toasted grains and fresh bitter coffee - very appealing and inviting.

Finish is burnt toast, bitter roasted grain, and toasty coffee bean. Long end finish of hints of bitter pine. Quite nice and likely good to go with lots of different food flavor profiles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not totally sure how this one qualifies as a summer ale, its huge for a summer pale ale at 6% abv and packs a lot f grain body into this intensely hopped beer. love it, but it doesn't match the season well. well, maybe in oregon it does, i don't know. some serious radiant orange to the color, as the name suggests. well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles and a bright white head. it smells more bitter than anything else, but i gather some light pine notes from the hops, more dry, like pine cone rather than what we are used to when we think of pine family hops. bigger malt base gives plenty of body and just a touch of caramel sugar to the front end of the flavor and the middle before very very bitter hops take over. this seems to be a theme with ninkasi hop forward beers. the trice
rahops and the total domination were both pungently bitter, and while this one is less so, it follows in that vein. excellent carbonation lightens it up just a bit, but its still a rather filling beer, especially for a warm weather offering. very well made, sturdy as they come, intensely hopped. similar to nothing, i liked this a lot.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zeff80
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus (orange and grapefruit) with an odd funkiness that was somewhat unpleasant.

T - Good citrus flavors and sweet caramel malt. The odd (tart) funkiness kinda had a burning sensation.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This beer was all over the place for me. Some good aromas with some bad aromas. Some good flavors with some bad flavors.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Way bitter and plain amber beer. Color is ice and has a decent head. Seems pleasantly beery at first mouthful with enough carbonation. Some hint of orange flavor and a touch of sweet malt. Hops contribute a plain, non-aromatic harshness. Flat taste that is beery enough but dissipates into an endless bitterness. Light body. I don't taste anything to redeem this stuff, but it may appeal to someone on a serious hop trip. From a 22 oz bottle bought in San Francisco.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright (one might even say radiant) apricot with honey gold borders. Slow-moving bubbles ascend within, eventually plink-plink-plinking into the underside of a lovely looking head of pale sandstone colored foam. Thick sheets and small chunks of lace can be seen all over the upper portion of the glass.

The aroma could be brighter and bolder. The hops go easy on citrus fruity, sticking to earthy and herbal for the most part. It's hard to get a bead on the malt, although the beer's color suggests mostly pale with something slightly more toasted.

Radiant Summer Ale is tasty stuff if you like hop-focused APAs. 40 IBUs seems about right. Ninkasi must have figured that there are enough pale-malted, C-hopped pales out there, so they went in a slightly different direction. Any direction is fine as long as the beer is good... and this one is.

As suspected, the maltiness is on the toasted-light caramel side. The beer is more earthy, herbal and tea-like than nutty. Although nothing stands out on the hop side of the ledger, the melange of flavors from the somewhat unconventional hop bill works out well in the end. A little grapefruit peel and lemon zest keeps this American hop loving BA happy.

Given the ABV and the summer seasonal designation, the mouthfeel is right where it ought to be. It's much closer to medium than to light, and the carbonation is pretty close to ideal (left side of the Bell curve).

I'm not sure why I'm surprised that Radiant Summer Ale is good beer. Every other Ninkasi Brewing Company brew, with the possible exception of Tricerahops DIPA, has been both delicious and drinkable. If you enjoy well-crafted APAs, this one is definitely worth your hard-earned money.

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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is...boring. Don't know what to say beyond that. Besides: it seems more like an amber to me as opposed to a pale ale. Odd kind of leafy tone that doesn't seem to fit. Hop spices don't mesh well either with things. Eh. I could've done without trying this one really.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. Nice one finger off-white head and good lacing. Nice looking. Light caramel malt and light fruit aroma. Sweet caramel malt start, grassy, citrus middle then transitions into an abrupt hop bite. Not well integrated. Nice medium body, individual components are nice, but not a good flavor progression.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a nice balance of hops/malts, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, hoppy/malty, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Faint aroma but big taste. Pours amber with moderate white foamy head. Aroma seems light(fruit, pine), but taste bursts through, citrus, hops, floral notes, finish is semi dry. Light enough for a hot day, but full enough flavor to be enjoyed.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this reddish pale ale with a couple friends. It reminded me a bit of a Ringwood pale ale for the subtle candy fruit flavor rolling under the dry, bitter citrus hops. The body was thinner than most pale ales, making for an easy-drinking summer beer with a good kick of hops.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very hazy medium-orange body with a finger of ivory head with a bit of an orange cast. Lots of floating solids in the body, which is OK but not my favorite trait in an APA.

Smell: light, slightly biscuity malt aroma with a touch of earthy hops. Not bad, but it's not impressive, either; a little more volume would help a lot here.

Taste: nice malt backbone and a huge hop bitterness. Flavors are earthy and slightly citrusy and even a touch floral. You might call this a West Coast APA -- but for the aroma, this could be a big, solid IPA. Frankly, I like it. The overall effect is earthy and fulfilling.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and a little creamy, although at this level of intense bitterness creamy isn't exactly what I'm seeking.

Drinkability: bold and fulfilling. I'm thinking a session of this stuff would leave me with a boulder in my belly; still, its straightforwardness is pleasing and I'd gladly have a few of these.

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This one has a distinct orange color. It is in the spectrum I like to call IPA Orange.

Smells of toasted grain and mild herbal hops. Faint grapefruit aroma.

Starts out dry and woody. Dry and a little more bitter than I would have expected. Mildly citrus mostly grapefruit with some soda cracker toasted wheat flavor. Slightly more bitter than I would like but it is far from a bad beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent beer, it could be slightly less bitter but it is a good beer if you like a very dry pale ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at Brewforia today... Cool to see this one... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" eggshell head... splotchy lace atop a hazy orange brew.

Nose is malty with some yeasty fruitiness... not a whole lot in the way of hops.. mild citrus.

Flavor begins with a descent hoppy bitterness.. then a thicker than expected maltiness... a little toasted malt.. the citrus hops are better than the aroma.. the esters remind me of lite apricot.. pithy grapefruit shows a bit as it warms, but overall, this is a just average brew.

Glad I got a chance to try it.. but I would expect better... I will revisit this one next time I get a chance at a really fresh bottle.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the darker colored summer beers. Amber and auburn, good 3/4" off white head on it, sweet red malt and light hop aromas.

A mixture of amber ale malts and pale ale hops. Except the hop choice is not ipa/pale territory. Probably don't have to pay much for Millenium, Galena, Northern Brewer and Liberty hops.

Unique beer, and a good one. They should put it in 6 packs.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber, light white head, some good lacing.

S: Lots of grass and melon rind, classic Northwest hop nose.

T: Nice crystal malt with a lot of grain character. Not super hoppy, light with bitter melon. Solid flavour, but nothing striking.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, moderately long aftertaste.

D: Solid hoppy red. Nothing to go out of your way for, but if you're craving some hops in the summertime, this would be a nice pickup.

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Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 232 ratings
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