beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on 3/26/2010. This American Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is citrusy and hoppy, malty and sweet. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, malty and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from New Seasons - This one had a fantastic floral aroma right out of the bottle with about a 3/4 inch foam head. Once the foam dissipated a little, some of the aroma went away. Palate was a bit lively, but not too much. Nice bitter finish for a Pale. This is a very nice beer. Too bad it’s only available in the spring.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 Bottled. Gold pour with a fluffy off-white white head on it. Juicy hop aroma on this with citrus along with dank notes: wet earth and grass. Tastes lightly toasty and biscuity, with a bright citrus hop finish. A little bit of resinous bitter lingers on the finish. Nice moderately light body, pleasant carbonation. I love Ninkasi for being cheap and reliable.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Up there quite high in the eschelons of my favorite APAs. This is nearly IPA, said near-IPAness being a characteristic reminiscent of Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale. These particularly memorable APAs succeed by infusing more bitterness into their profiles. I don’t know what hop varieties in particular might have been used in the process of bringing this beer recipe to fruition, but one thing is unmistakable: it’s heavy on the hop trichomes or whatever the relevant bitterness molecules are called.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stanford’s @ PBX. A nice yellow color with white head. Very dry and crisp. A roasted malt flavor that doesn’t interfere with the lightness of the beer. A delicatly bitter finish.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright golden color. Pillowy snow white head. Crisp light taste. Very clean and refreshing.
Zymurgeist2 (1211) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In a tulip glass at Monk’s Kettle at a Ninkasi paired dinner. Pours a brushed gold with a fluffy white head. Lots of buiscuit and bread with a clean meadow scent showing very late. Palate is very bitter and some nice grass hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied to slightly thin.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2011 Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Refreshing Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release 2009--22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--38 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--White lacy medium head. No sediment. Slightly hazy fizzy rich bright gold color. Aromatic mild earthy pine hop toast hint front. Crisp cloying mild sweet butter caramel bisquit rich Golden Ale body. Refreshing smooth balanced hop spice citrus hint clean end. Sampled 4/30/2009. $4.00 Each.
Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale--A Crisp & Refreshing Spring Seasonal Ale--Seasonal Release--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Rocky foamy lasting 1/2" mild lace head. No sediment. Clear bright rich gold color. Delicate flowery wheat hint gentle hop front. Crisp mellow sweet medium textured light caramel rich Golden Ale body. Clean refreshing light hop spice mild citrus end. Crisp clean zesty rich tasty not overpowering Golden. Sampled 2/27/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $8.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 2/26/2011.
Ninkasi Brewing Company--Spring Reign Ale Seasonal Release--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 38 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Golden Ale. Purchased for $3.99 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 3/5/2011.
3/5/2011 Sampling--Big foamy lacy lasting off white head. Clear thin rich gold color. Delicate floral mild hop light fruit ester hint front. Crisp clean refreshing mild sweet light textured light caramel fruit body. Clean mild hop spice end. Refreshing rich easy Golden Ale.
3/6/2011 Sampling--Rocky lacy medium thick white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Delicate floral hop front. Crisp refreshing mild sweet light textured tasty light malt smooth Golden Ale body. Mild hop clean refreshing citrus hint crisp end. Subtly hopped. Easy to drink.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Overall not a bad beer. My bottle got a little skunked, but its not too overpowering. Pours a clear, slightly hazy goldenrod with white head that sticks around a little. Flavor is crisp hoppage, with notes of grass and grain. Finish is clean. Decent.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 Had again and while still good, this is really pretty dry, almost a bit too much.
First rating 4.5 Other than a fairly indistinct aroma this beer is awesome. Great hop flavor throughout with a nice dry hop finish. A good malt flavor as well but this is good enough that they should take it off of seasonal and make it a regular.