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?