RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Seasonal Release Series. Spring forward with this refreshing seasonal ale. Notes of toasted malt up front with a bright and crisp Northwest hop finish. It’s a session beer that everyone can enjoy.

Like many Ninkasi beers, this is an ale more than a specific style, though we put it in the Northwest Pale category. A light toasted malt flavor is more reminiscent of a British Pale, but the hops are bright and very Northwest. Flavorful and easy to drink!

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johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. Light orange with a frothy off white head. Bitter citrus aroma. Initial flavors of toasted malt quickly give way to a grassy hop finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste Dry texture with average carbonation. A little heavy for a ’refreshing’ Spring seasonal but not bad.

snapple2 (12) - Dallas, Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Good spring beer, light in flavor and aroma. Pretty clean finish with a touch of bitterness not too much. Solid pale ale.

takelondon (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Great rich amber color with a pillowy head that maintained partway through. Mostly grassy hops and notes of citrus in the aroma. Tastes much like it smells. Tangy citrus aftertaste with a thin, oily mouthfeel. Decent overall but lacking depth.

BK7 (805) - Turner, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle. A bit skunky. Thin malt sweetness with a mild bitter finish. Light citrus flavor throughout. A bit disappointing.

Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. The beer is a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium rocky white head that evaporates slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Grassy hops and malt in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of herbal hops, fruit and malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours a beautiful, rich gold with pillowy soft white head. Sweet malts and floral hops in the aroma. Flavor is malty with a slight bitter bite in the finish. Pretty light, crisp and refreshing. I would have more of these.

ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Clear dark yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is lemon and citrus. A hint of pine notes in there. Lots of Simcoe hops maybe. Tons of lemony aspects to this one. Flavor was lightly bitter, citrus, lemon. Nice drinker.

Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle (rated in Mar 2009).

Head is mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark yellow.

Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough).

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.

Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish side of amber, fine sediment abounds, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty

lacing, very little carbonation.   Soft musty malt nose, very faint hop and sweetened citrus zest.  

Pale hop bitterness on the tongue, a little mealy and soily, minor.   Otherwise malty with a slight

astringent citrus zest.   Not as sweet as the nose suggests.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.  

Finish is a little stale.   Lingering wet cardboard.   Could stand to be brighter.   Not bad, but

rather dull.

SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from Bevmo: Created a thick pillow of foamy head that was thick like shaving cream while the liquid was a golden blonde color with a little bit of sediment floating around. The aroma is spicy and floral with signs of squeezed citrus perhaps orange and lime. Also, there is a trace of oily and sticky green hops that really sets this apart from the other ales coming out during spring time. The flavor is moderately bitter with notes of citrus like hops and a base of grainy type of malts. First beer by this brewery and it’s an optimistic beginning, so I will need to try more stuff from them.

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