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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Seasonal Release Series. Radiant Summer Ale is, "Crisp and flavorful, Radiant Summer Ale is a clean finishing summer offering in the Ninkasi tradition. The smooth malt character is balanced by a clean noble hop presence, the perfect compliment to a glorious summer day! 6% alc./vol. 40 ibus." Itís dry-hopped with Liberty hops. Itís more bitter rather than floral and has a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Sampled in a 22oz bottle. Pours brown, a bit cloudy. Drinks really nice, full of quality hops and smooth malts. Really quality brew, refreshing summer brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Really nice ale from the folks down in Oregon. It is a bit rich and heavy for me as a hot weather session beer, but a big bottle goes down very nicely when the evening cools off a bit. Nice amber/red pour. Some hop aroma and flavor, but not epic. Some grain and malt notes and a nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
I love hoppy grainy beers. The last couple I have tried of theirs really have that delicious grainy flavor. Caramel and sweetness with nice bitter finish. Not the most incredible beer but real tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12971) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Bomber from SuzyGreenberg - thanks Ben. Pours a luminescent peachy amber with a 2 finger foamy off-white head. ? Grassy/herby aroma over mild caramel. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Caramel is light, and the flavor is like Imperial Pilsner. Good stuff. Itís definitely bitter. Good stuff. Repeat indefinitely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Appearance: Pours an amber gold with a creamy 1/2 inch head.

Aroma: Pungently dry hopped with citrusy hops, then I find spicy sweet malt.

Taste: Bitter, spicy hops on a creamy bed of caramel malts. Finishes spicy.

Mouthfeel: Thin, tingly.

Overall: A really good, flavorful APA. I wouldnít expect something this flavorful in the name of Summer ale, but it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle. Semi hazy orangish colored pour with little to no head. Sour, slighty sweet aroma. Hoppy, bitter finish. Not too bad, but Iím not sure Iíd get this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Caramel and malt aroma with light grapefruit. Malt and light grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmhws (12) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2010
6% abv. 22 ounce bottle. Aroma- hint of sweet...vanilla?, spruce Appearance-- pours brownish orange, Frothy white head, and lacing is strong, slightly cloudy Taste- smooth front with slightly bitter back. Palate: Light-medium body. average carbination, slightly bitter finish Overall: pretty good crisp summer beer. I would have this again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle; poured a dark amber-slightly orange color with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of orange, caramel, citrus, flowers and yeast. Flavor was mellow, yet crisp. Alot of caramel and bread, with some earthy and fruity hops. Hops are subdued. Ok overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Tap @ The Sushi Bar (McCall, ID): Pours a light amber color with a nice head. The nose is lightly citrusy with a nice fresh hop note and some creamy caramel malts. The flavor is balanced, not overly bitter but with a nice malty body and more crisp hop notes in the tail. Almost an english style IPA with PNW hops. Good refreshing summer ale that isnít TOO light.

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