Review: Spring Reign, Ninkasi Brewing

Spring Reign
Ninkasi Brewing Co. — Eugene, Oregon

  • Style:  Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  38 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Starting Gravity:  1052
  • Malts:  Not available
  • Hops:  Not available 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "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!"  — Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   As you might have figured out, Spring Reign is Ninkasi's spring seasonal.  This is the first time Ninkasi is distributing its beer in 12 oz. bottles.  I just saw six-packs of this and Total Domination IPA for the first time at my grocery store today.  I'm thrilled to see this new bottle size from Ninkasi!  I don't often buy 22 oz. bombers because I usually drink just one beer a day. 

The tasting:   Deep golden color with a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass.  Aroma of toasted and biscuit-like malts with some faint floral hops.  Flavor very similar to aroma, but I didn't detect the hops at the beginning of the taste.  It's light to medium bodied and has a a crisp effervescent mouth feel.  It tastes and drinks like a pilsner lager.  It finishes dry with an earthy hop bitterness.  Overall, Spring Reign is more malty than hoppy.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.  Ninkasi is known for hoppy beers, and it's nice to see a more malt forward brew as their spring seasonal.  Spring Reign is actually their least bitter beer (as measured by IBUs).  As I already mentioned, I'm really glad to see their new 12 oz. six packs and I look forward to tasting more of Ninkasi's beer throughout the year.

Have you tried Spring Reign or any other Ninkasi beers?

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Logan Thompson said...

I saw this at the grocery store the other day and I too was excited. I haven't had a Ninkasi beer I didn't like and the 12oz bottles are a gread addition. I haven't tried Spring Reign yet but probably in the next few weeks.

Sanjay said...

Logan, please let me know what you think of it if you taste it!

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