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RATINGS: 162   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." It’s dry-hopped with Liberty hops. It’s more bitter rather than floral and has a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oregontarheel (45) - - OCT 5, 2013
IBU 40. A crisp refreshing summer ale with a light hoppy flavor. Great beer got a hot summer day. Goes down almost too easy! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Not much aroma. Great red-orange color. Head is very intriguing. Hops, grains and fruit. Flavor is also fruity, then hoppy, then grainy. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vidacafe (10) - Seaside, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Good Oregonian ale, odd aroma, not bad but strange; pretty hoppy for an ale (which I personally enjoy) but works well with the overall flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Solid. Almost an IPA. Hop centric in a grapefruit way, with a good malt base. B. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3736) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Finally found a fresh bottle of this. Way to go to De Hart’s for beating out the rest of Juneau. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a fairly decent hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a nice blend of sweet citrus and spicy hops to lead a nice sweet grassiness (that freshly cut aroma of sorts). Still, the sweet malts just slide right on in there at the end to balance the nose. I really like how everything just seems to fit on this one. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a decent bitterness running about and underneath. The grassiness does come back but seems to be appropriate as once again it’s a fresh sweet perhaps refreshing/maybe a watery sense of sorts. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. It ends up leaving a somewhat sticky finish and has a moderate carbonation about it trying to pummel but ends up just leaving a somewhat slick refreshing/watery sense of sorts. Overall, uh....fresh is good. The first bottle I ever had of this was this past winter and once I saw that this is a summer seasonal I realized I needed to have this again. So glad to have had one fresh, so worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jweilz (1) - Alabama, USA - JUN 21, 2011 does not count
Really enjoyed this beer, as I do most Ninkasi products. A nice refreshing summer beer. Seems like it should be more malty than it is, the hops are what stand out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Sampled on 7/23/2010. This American Pale Ale pours a medium copper color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is grassy and herbal with a nice caramel malt note. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, grainy and semi-sweet. The hops are floral, herbal and slightly citrusy. The citrusy hops are most noticeable at the finish. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Interesting beer, the malts are a little more grainy and a little less sweet than most APAs. The hops are a little more citrusy than normal. The dry hopping (Liberty hops, nice) really adds a whole lot of dryness to the finish. There is some additional sweetness as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
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.

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