Renewale - 2011 | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Seasonal - 2011 version is an Irish Red Ale.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 37
Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish dark black coffee color
S: Nothing to report here, smells like beer
Taste: Smooth, alcoholic, burnt chocolate flavor, light, nice porter. Overall pretty good. I had one when this beer came out in January and it was not good at all... four months later it has mellowed out really well.
M: Alcoholic but smooth
Overall: Back in January I would have panned this beer, but four months in the bottle and now I think it is a solid porter. Nothing amazing, but quite good. Overall: worth picking up.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of arizcards
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early October for $3.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a solid off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is of light malts and not much else.

Taste is slightly toasted malts balanced nicely by a nice dry hop.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a pretty decent for the style. Nothing overly exciting but fills the bill nicely on a post Tuesday workday!

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a reddish amber with a nice head that sticks around awhile leaving a nice lace. Smell has a light sourness, honey, malt and hop. Taste has a lightly sweet bitter maltiness that seems a bit watered down and not too exited about the end finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with good carbonation. An example that looks aren't everything.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.6.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark orange with a one finger cream head.

Smell - Wheat, bread, and some hops.

Taste - Wheat, bread, and tart.

Drinkability - Good carbonation. Drinks very smooth and easy.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 4/4/11

Shared by Spider889

Coppery, rusty color with nice clarity. One finger head thins out pretty quickly. Collar retention of loose bubbles. some splotchy lace; not too much of it.

Aromas of caramel, toasted sugars and such. Very even-keeled with some floral overtones. Bready; hints of yeast and dough. Tastes surprisingly dry throughout. Strangely enough, the caramel is right in line with the dryness. Really dry, earthy hop notions. Finishes comparably dry and quite bitter. Medium body, low carbonation. Grainy. Vapid kind of finish. Feels weird.

It's ok; I like that it isn't much for sweetness. Other than that I find it of the bland order.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours red with an impressive off-white soapy head. Excellent head retention and good lace, an impressive looking pint.

S: Some crystal style malt with some fruity yeast notes, hint of strawberry.

T: Very mild flavour to the point where the carbonic acid becomes a factor which is never good unless you're drinking club soda. I know Irish Reds aren't the most full-flavoured beers, and that's fine, but compared to O'Hara's and Sam Adams or even Murphy's this is truly light. Crystal toasted malt with bitter carbonic acid and a hint of citrusy hops. Unpleasantly bitter finish.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, thin and watery. Bad finish.

O: Just not good. I've had some nice beers from Ninkasi in the past, this is their worst effort I've tried. I can finish the bottle, it's not offensive, but it's not something I'm looking forward to with revel.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Spider889

This is a darn good looking example of an Irish Red. Its a clear, rusty red. A big fluffy off white head rides out the glass in its entirety, leaving nice lacing.

Malty but not rich. Its very grainy and seems one dimensional. I'm picking up notes of aromas that remind me of sunflower seeds or something.

Very much in line with what the smell set up. Simple, toasted grains with a moderate grassy hopping.

Lighter bodied with a decently clean finish.

Not much to say about this one. Run of the mill. It does look nice though.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber.

A: pours ruby brown with a finger of fine white head. some lacing as the foam subsides.

S: caramel and toffee - the faintest hint of hops at the end.

T: toasted malts - biscuit? moderately sweet with a little bit of hop bitterness lingers at the end

M: light body, finishes relatively clean. There is a bit of soapyness.

O: To quote a friend, this rates high on the poundability scale. It is a smooth red ale. I'll have no problems finishing this glass. Would probably not seek out again - as the style is fairly easy to replicate via homebrew - but would quickly recommend to Killian's drinkers as an alternative.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearance: Tan/red with a thick off-white head and scant carbonation

Smell: Sweet, cake batter malts, some floral hop citrus, and grapes

Flavor: Pale lager type hop bitterness. Malt lacks some support, though faint sweetness begins to develop as time goes on. Lingering bitterness in the finish gives it an IPA-type feel

MF: Dry and cidery, very clean and non-sticky.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice two finger head, looks a little creamy, let's see if it hangs in there. The body is somewhat see through, a little cloudy though, so not totally see through. It is dark amber in color, with loads of carbonation, it looks pretty good. It smell like an irish red for sure, it has a nice balance of hops and malts on the smell, it smells very crisp. There is a nice malt sweetness, malt note, and hop note, all mixed in well in the smell. I don't really know how to describe the irish smell, but there is that distinct irish smell to it. Smells pretty good though. It has a nice crisp taste to it, and it goes down easily. There isn't a whole lot of hop flavor in this beer, but enough that it gives you a little bit of a bite, which is good, I don't like it when irish beers skimp out on the hops completely. There is also that nice malt note and malt sweetness there. It has a nice flowery spring taste to it, not too citrusy, so maybe it's some kind of fruit. There is unfortunately a bad after taste, it's just that generic beer taste, which lingers for a tiny bit. I have a hard time grading this beer on taste, because I have had it a few times and I've had different thoughts on it, first time I had it, didn't like it at all, second time I had it I thought it was decent, and this time I think it's good. I have to respect those first two times a little bit, and that's why I'm not going to give it a 4 on taste. The mouthfeel is good, it's what it should be for an irish red, and the drinkability is very high, it goes down really easily. Overall a pretty darn good beer, there are things I don't like about it, and things that aren't that impressive, but overall, it's tasty, and it goes down well!

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Photo of Takahiro
2.11/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a bomber into my tulip

A: brown clear, thin head
S: corn soup? some smokiness
T: thin malt. i was expecting more malt/caramel out of a red ale. flavor to diminish very quickly. almost no hop flavor. not impressive. some hop bitterness to linger on palate after finish.
M: light and empty.
D: OK, but boring

this was a dissapointment

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer from this brewery. I was glad to see it among the options at the Biter Creek Ale House in Boise. Served in a modified strange, the beer hazy red with a beige head. Impressive lacing!

Nose of malts, spice (pepper) and floral notes.

The beer is slightly bitter with pine notes, grains, green apple. Very tasty and sessionable at 5.2%.

The mouth is very crisp. This beer hit all the right notes for me.

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Photo of philbertk
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--ReNEWale--Mason's Irish-Style Red Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy off white somewhat lingering head. Fizzy slightly cloudy dark amber hint red color. Weak floral malt ester mild hop front. Slightly creamy mellow sweet toffee caramel hint slightly doughy toasted malty body. Dry smooth mild hop clean toasted end. Smooth & refreshing dry Irish Red Ale. Somewhat bland, but easy to drink. Nice delicate toasted caramel flavor. Minimal spiciness. No sediment. Sampled 2/26/2011. Purchased for $4.29 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 1/21/2011.

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Photo of Briken
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber and good medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Light lager aroma with a touch of floral. Relatively strong floral/herbal bite up front. Touch of roasted malt with light sweetness. Bitterness lingers awhile. Kind of smooth but thick for the style.

I don't mind a bit of bite with my Irish red but this is a little much. Pretty easy drinking and an okay flavor but the hops overpower any other flavor and certainly not a clean finish (as the bottle states).

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Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with some golden highlights, with a small, creamy white head that retains well. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, some mild, fruity hops, and a touch of husky bitterness. Body is fairly light, which is good for the relatively subtle flavors. A bit of a chalky texture emerges towards the finish, which is not a welcome development. I would not guess this is a Ninkasi beer if it weren't on the bottle. Kind of a disappointment.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up because I hadn't seen it before. Irish Red Ale sounded good today. Poured into a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

A: This beer is well carbonated with some head retention & leaves some lacing on the glass after a sip. A darkish red hue that you can see your fingers thru.

S: An earthy smell that let's you know the hops are subtle. Not that impressed here, because it doesn't entice my nose for more.

T: A smooth taste upfront that leads to a long malty dry finish well balanced by a slightly bitter hop flavor. Taste seems to get bigger as each sip goes on.

M: A chewy beer that goes well with our 50 degree winter. Enough body, but not too much.

D: Not sure I'd want to make this my everyday beer. It has a little longer, maltier finish then I am looking for in my Red Catagory beer. Nothing wrong with it either. Sturdy.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance> nice, hazy red ale. Quite lively, with a big creamy head. Really lacy. A dream.

Smell> Toasty, but slightly sour (grapefruit?)

Taste> Sweet, with almost a lagery start that then gets really smoky. Burnt hang. It's more complex than your average Irish red with a very satisfying toasty finish.

Mouf> perfect

Drinkability> Pretty good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear red-amber color with 1 inch of very light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was malty, with some hops in the background and was a little sweet. The flavors were similar but bolder and more well defined. There was more of a hop presence tho balance out the solid malts.

The body was even and smooth, just less than full, and had a sticky finish. Drinkability was good, fairly typical for the style. Overall, a pleasant enough brew that should tried while it's available.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at Jerry's Market on the way home from work.. Poured into my small tulip.. nice 1" white head atop a clear good amber brew.

Lite grassy hoppy nose combines with a great malt profile punctuated by toasty notes and a bit of stale biscuits....

Bitterness is in the PNW realm... the flavor has a good toasted malt presence.. lite caramel.. descent grassy hoppiness.

Lite body with good carbonation.. seems more flavorful than the other Irish ales I'm used to. Very drinkable.. seems very fresh right now.


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Photo of Dubbercody
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mason's Irish-Style Red Ale. Picked up a bomber for around $3.50.

Nice dark-amber heading towards red color with big fluffy white head. Mild aroma, a bit of bread, but nothing terribly distinctive. Interesting flavor profile, starts with a hop kick that transitions into a mild bready and nutty flavor and then kicking back within the aftertaste are the grassy hops that keep the nutty flavor along for the ride. Very drinkable and it was easy to put a 22 ouncer away.

A beer to bring to a dinner party as it won't offend or put off many beer drinkers or overpower the food served. Shared with the boys at dinner, paired very nicely with grilled pork and vegetables. While it didn't blow my skirt up, if offered another pint, I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Haggens Grocery store in Tualatin. $3.99 Says 5.2% on da label. Nice enough looking beer. plain, clear amber body with a very thick ,foamy creme head. Aroma very subdued..mostly plain slightly nutty malts. Taste just tea like maltiness..slightly toasted slightly nutty..ends fast and fades to nothing. Ok on the palate ,i suppose quite thin and watery near the end. Very very average beer.

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Photo of chumba526
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears light red with a small tan head.

It smells of bready malts, citrus fruit, and grassy hops.

It tastes initially of grassy citrusy and semi-bitter hops. The hoppy bitterness is balanced by dry bread like malt flavor. Though the taste does have some hop qualities to it the dry malt flavor is the dominate flavor in the beer. The beer has a nice balance to it.

The mouth feel is ok. The carbonation is moderate high. I think the beer could do with a little less carbonation.

The drinkability is pretty good. The beer is balanced nicely and the beer is pretty light for the style.

Overall a nice beer that is slightly better than an average beer of the style. The beer tastes good but it is forgettable.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this bottled, so I grabbed one an Belmont Station here in Portland to try...

- Fluffy fingers of white fizzy foam... lace all about, thin blanket of foam left above a dark copper and red brew which is clear. Brown whiskey hues...

- Grainy bill... lots of earthy notes, biscuit.. bitter hops... grassy..

- Smooth and bitter.. nice bright bitter hop blast with a subtle grainy and bready bill which is slightly sweet.. slight oats and sugar notes.. pine and grassy hops.... loving the bitter bite. Certainly could bend either way as an ESB, Amber, or Red....

- Light bodied, slightly creamy... well carbonated..

- Nice clean smooth drinker. If you like bitter, and if you like malts.. this is the best of both worlds in a light sessionable drinker. Not bad, and I think one of the better bottled brews Ninkasi offers.

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Renewale - 2011 from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 37 ratings