DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
19-Oct-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 29-Sep-09 for $4.19 at liquidsolutions.biz)
It would be a reasonable assumption that a brewery’s summer ale is going to be light and easy on the palate like a golden ale, but Ninkasi has delivered a very hoppy and flavorful beer as their summer seasonal release. Radiant Summer Ale has a noticeably toasty malt aroma at the forefront and a lightly grassy background. On the palate, however, the minimally sweet, toasty malt is very much balanced by moderately bitter, grassy and somewhat grapefruity hops that finish very strongly for a long, lingering aftertaste. However, as the beer warms up, balance is restored from entry to finish, and it’s then that this beer really begins to shine. Dry, crisp mouthfeel with near-medium weight and moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy, golden-amber in color and a quarter-inch, off-white foam stand that settles to a filmy layer. Only a few spots of lace stick on the glass. Quite enjoyable.
JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy golden amber pour, small white head. Caramel malt, bitter hops, slightly herbal, and fruit. Nice pale ale, I can’t complain. Not world class, but it gets the job done.
StefanSD (1920) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium white head that has fair retention and ample lacing. The aroma is indistinct with sweet malts, nutty hops and floral notes. The flavor is biter hops forward with piny hops, grapefruit, biscuit and something floral that is just a bit off and out of place. The palate is just a bit thinner than I would prefer, the carbonation is lively. The finish is short and clean. Overall: Perhaps this is better on a hot summer day rather than a cool fall day, I will make a note to re-rate this next year when they release a fresh batch.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that RiversideAK threw in as a bonus on a recent growler swap. Pours a just hazed orange amber with a large beige head. Crisp hops, light grain and malt. Citrus and spicy malt. Big earthy grapefruit, touch of sweetness and a bit of alcohol on the finish.
J_man (618) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange with a fluffy but rapidly dissipating slightly off-white head. Bubbly carbonation, almost soda like at first. Crisp, clean aroma with some light hops. Body is smooth and drinkable with a nice light piney, grassy hop bite at the end. The hops actually linger and accumulate with each sip. Not terribly complex, but a very good warm weather beer (which is what it’s supposed to be).
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
220z bottle. Rating #59. Very thick looking hazy medium brown pour with lots of stuff floating around and an off-white head. Light hop nose, some caramel maltiness that give it a slight sweetness. Bitterness up front, not a whole lot other than that, hard to get anything, meh. (1406)
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a cloudy burnished dark amber with a dense and creamy platinum blond head that falls fairly quickly away but never falls lower than a solid disc of mousse atop the rest of the beer. Plenty of sedimentary rings of lace and sunspots atop that. Really a showy little spotlight hog of a beer. Big forward pine and mango nose, very abundantly hoppy, lots of power to it. Creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. Toast, caramel, pine, and mango barging through on the mid palate. Very coherent and harmonious, but still tons of power there. Long resiny finish. We’ve all had this beer under many names from many different places by now, but it never gets old when it’s made well from good ingredients, and this beer is a rock-solid example.
beersearcher (2162) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty crisp and carbonated. Slight bitterness that lingers for awhile. Close to being a session beer. Pours a nice orange with thick head.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Pours a deep amber, nice white head that had insane retention, looks like loads of carbonation. Kind of fruity, kind of grassy aroma, some hop presence. Thin flavor, good blend of malt and hops, hops dominate in the end and lingers for a good while. Medium high carbonation, slick, thin-ish body.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a medium golden yellow, smells and tastes more like an amber. unique and good.