Ninkasi Brewing Company Spring Reign – American Pale Ale at 6% ABV

Ninkasi Brewing Company Spring Reign American Pale Ale at 6% ABV (C$9.25 at Sundance Wine Market, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 28-May-2016, reviewed 28-May-2016)

Appearance: clear medium gold with one fat finger of rocky off-white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: oranges and lemons, tropical fruit, pale malt, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

Smells pretty good, doesn’t taste quite as good. It’s one of those APAs that doesn’t really have the body or malt profile to support the hops, so it comes across as a little sharp and thin. It’s still OK, but nowhere near as good as e.g. their Maiden the Shade, and at least it doesn’t suddenly drop off to a watery, thin finish the way some APAs do. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze