RATINGS: 221   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. Its 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Clear dark golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet floral malty and bready aroma and taste with nice citrus and fruit notes and a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (6099) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Crisp blonde coloured body with a soapy, large, dense tan head that leaves an ugly lace. Aroma of light hops, light sugars, light malt, a touch of flowers, some jasmine and a minor amount of yeast. Light-bodied; Assertive fresh hops up front that dont have any depth or body, a little sweetness behind and a very mild malty finish - very bland and unsupported. Aftertaste bland and clean with some floral notes, a tiny amount of hops and a little fresh fruit flavour. Overall, a pretty weak and mild beer - good for the size, but bad for the taste and quality of the beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at BevMo in Walnut Creek, California on 19-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 22-March-2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
22 oz. bomber from Full Throttle Bottles. Im seeing a big frothy head sitting on-top of a golden/copper colored beer. Smells of pine, biscuits, and a little citrus. It does have a distinctly crisp aroma, but theres nothing special here. Slightly biting pine hop flavor at first, and then I get this burnt biscuit taste. Well, it might not be exactly "burnt", but lets just say it tastes as though someone left the biscuits in the oven too long. Why am I talking about biscuits so much? This beer has a toasted malt flavor that isnt very good. There is a lasting, and caustic, bitterness that doesnt really sit well with my taste buds. This has a creamy, slick texture. Again, nothing special here, seeing that the flavor is mildly offensive. Still, Im waiting for something to really change my opinion of this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
04-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 02-May-10 for $3.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA)
Comparing a fresh bottle of Spring Reign against a one-year aged bottle. This fresh beer pours a hazy, golden-orange body topped by half an inch of off-white head that settles slowly to a thin layer and bubbly ring. The beer is noticeably hoppy, resiny, floral, piney, citrusy and bitter, and the hops really dominates the gentle malt base. The heavy floral component lends a general English character to an otherwise Pacific Northwest style of beer. There is a spicy, almost caraway flavor, but the finish is mostly just brash hop flavor and bitterness. Body is light to medium and carbonation is average, but the hop bitterness is fairly resiny and very dry. The nose shows better balance than the flavor, with the floral and citrusy hops sharing the stage with the dry, toasty malts. Lacing consists of an intricate crystal structure decorating a good portion of the upper glass. Overall, this isnt a bad beer, but its not my style of beer. Not a fan when fresh, but I like it better with some age, which I know isnt the point of a beer like this, but what can I say? (5, 3, 4, 2, 9 = 2.3)

04-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Apr-09 for $3.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
This aged bottle has a much fruitier taste, but even after one year, the hops are still fairly important here, though they are markedly less bright and brash, and the beer is generally more balanced. As a result, the toastiness of the malt is much more apparent. Likewise, the nose is more malty too, with the toastiness jumping out. Body is light-medium and carbonation has held nicely, but the palate isnt harsh or resiny. In the glass, its the same golden-orange color and quite hazy, and the off-white head is tall and fluffy, showing solid retention over the session. Overall, though this still isnt a beer Im likely to want to try again, it definitely appeals more to me when its aged and the hoppy edge is taken off. But thats pretty common for me. (6, 3, 5, 3, 11 = 2.8)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2011
12 oz bottle. Hop aroma, light golden color with a lacing head. Bitter in taste but with a well balanced finish. Very easy drinker!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Medium body, snappy hops and 6 percent ABV may be a bit too much for some, but this is a highly sessionable beer to me. Malts are toasty and cracker-like with a subtle, cake-like sweetness. Hops are extremely flowery and somewhat citrusy (lemon mostly). A grassy bitterness lingers for a good amount of time on the tongue and continues to waft with floral notes. Good stuff. I think Ill have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2475) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2011
22oz bottle..if this is a session beer then its a very good one. great floral and citrus nose. hazy yellowish orange color and nice lacing. the flavor of the hops is very nice for such a light beer. if i could get it here i would buy it. works great with sushi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
From a bottle,citrus hops,white head,medium body,cloudy, golden, average carbonation, Great beer for the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7452) - Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2010
On tap at Pandoras in Twin Falls
Appearance: Clear gold/amber with a nice off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral and sweet malts
Taste; Sweet malts, yeasty, piney with a bitter/herbal finish <br. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. light grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light grain flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with light grain.

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