Lagerboy (1662) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unclear light amber orange, nice frothy off-white head slowly settles into a lasting creamy cap leaving some bridal veil lacing. Fresh citrus hoppy aroma. Bitter resinous citrus hop up front, lightly toasted malts behind, some evergreen and grapefruit tartness. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, medium hopped. Softens and sweetens into the finish. Ninkasi continues to impress. NFL ( Not For Lagerboys)
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fezzy (105) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring a slightly hazy bright gold-orange that seems to reflect the flavor to follow, this hoppy pale is bright and crisp, as advertised. Aromatic citrusy hops on the nose is the predominant flavor element, with a malt backbone that balances a definite bitterness that continues fairly far into the finish, except for the very end, which delightfully, enticingly turns faintly sweet before exiting the palate. More biting bitterness than ideal is this brew’s main flaw; the uncomplicated yet clean aromatic citrus hop character is really nice.
I do find it a little hilarious that this is marketed as a session ale. Are we witnessing the inflation of ABV on multiple fronts?
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: melon and citrus.
Appearance: Dark gold with thin white head.
Flavor: Yeasty bread with a huge hop bitterness.
Palate: light to medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A bit out of balance. More aroma hops and less bittering hops would be an improvement.
mjteeters (37) - Issaquah, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Six pack of 12 oz. bottles from grocery. Golden pour with just topping white foamy head. No carbonation. Some floral and grass aroma, a touch of citrus. Ahhh, some bitter but more of a astringent aftertaste. Pine and malts pushing some flavors? I could see this on a sunny spring day (not what I had today in the PacNW,,,)
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a white head. Citrus, lemon, pine. Starts off great but didn't really like the finish. Kind of reminded me of a lager. Good mouthfeel. Average pale ale.
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vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Un couleur ambrée avec une petite mousse beige/blanche. Le goût a un peu de malt suivi par d’houblon. Pas trop remarquable.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral hops are strong in the nose. Slightly hazy golden-copper body is topped by a generous, fine bubbled, white head that lasts throughout and coats the glass with lace. Deliciously malty toasty flavour with a nice complement of floral and spicy hops and fairly pronounced bitterness in the backend. Medium body with wonderful fine bubbled effervescence. Enjoyed on tap at Portland Craft.
larryLSB (477) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber, the last of that 22oz four pack that is out right now. Clear, medium gold in color with a small off white head. Nose was mild, hints of grass and citrus, but not predominant. Taste was on the biiter side. Not too bad, but after trying all four, there appears to be a "Ninkasi" profile emerging, which could be a good thing, similar to my experience with Lagunitas.
Jur (458) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz. Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Slightly muddled golden yellow pour, with modest white head. Nose is fresh and floral (daffodils!).
A very understated, but tasty and balanced ale. Malty start, with a very light sour transition to a bitter finish.
Very good and sessionable.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A rather insipid offering from Ninkasi. I was disappointed in almost every way possible with this beer. It looks nice when poured and that’s about it. For being so hyped up I would expect more than just a pretty beer that smells okay.