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RATINGS: 160   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.

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RedSox2004 (1970) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Hazy golden amber with a big bubbly white head, moderate retention and very nice lace. Floral hops aromas. Well balanced flavor profile with caramel and bread malt sweetness offset by a dry floral hops bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a clean dry finish. Terrific Summer quaff.

Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2011
I first expected Radiant to be more hoppy than it turned out to be, most of my expectations deriving from the hoppy aroma. The beer is amber in color, and poured a average head. The flavor lacking to my standards of pale ale hoppyness, the main flavor is a sweet malty toner, with a minimal bitter aftertaste.

marcus (10669) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Botle from BevMo Arden. Pours cloudy golden with a thick beige head and a floral aroma. There is a full-bodied pale malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. Fairly well-balanced and easy to drink.

5Fifteen (1) - - JUN 26, 2011 does not count
Disappointing beer heavy-handed bitter hopping up front in the bittering phase and possibly the dry-hopping. The result is a brutal bitterness without much subtlety, makes for a smacking of the tongue to try to remove the resinous aftertaste. Body clear and good, but this once hot brewery is under-performing of late. Perhaps the expansion to commercial production has affected things?

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.

Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Oily amber with a lovely lacing. Its got a deep, burnished malt character to the nose like a good English bitter. Very English in the mouth too with the hop flavours taking a back seat and giving pride of place to a caramel-smooth finish.

BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2011
12oz Bottle – Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Hops aroma with a light malt backing. Awesome flavors big hops and malt. Slight floral and some spices come out. This is a tasty brew. Great new brew in the new 12oz bottles.

phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks again, Jason! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with fine sediment and a massive, rocky off-white head that leaves a shitload of lacing in the glass. Aroma of floral hops, perfume, wet grains, dank leaves, minerals, and toasted sugar. Flavor of caramel malts, floral hops, mild grapefruit citrus, leaves, biscuit, and minerals. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, crisp mouthfeel and dry finish. Mild carbonation. Might be a bit past its prime, but a good APA.

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
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 (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
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.

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