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Gear Up for Summer with Returning Seasonals!

May 31, 2013 Comments (2)  | Tags: Beers

We're gearing up to celebrate the lazy summer days ahead with returning summer seasonals. Drawing inspiration from favored warm-weather experiences, Radiant Ale and Maiden the Shade truly capture the best part of summer in the Northwest. Crisp and immensely flavorful, they invite us all to pause and take in all that summer has to offer.  

As our founding brewer, Jamie Floyd explains: “Our summer beers reflect the playful part of life. From barbeques in the park, floating down the river, enjoying music festivals, and especially chilling on the front porch, these beers are adventurous while still characteristically balanced and easy to drink.”

And now for some stats...

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Radiant Ale
Style: Northwest Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0
IBU: 40
Starting Gravity: 1056
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Vienna
Hops: Millennium, Galena, Northern Brewer, Liberty, Glacier
Available: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft, June – Sept. Also available in Summer Variety 4-Packs and Summer Variety 12-Packs. 
Series: Seasonal Release Series
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: Earthy and floral hops balance this Northwest-style pale ale, with a touch of Crystal and Vienna malts for flavor. Crisp and flavorful, Radiant Ale is a clean-finishing summer offering in the Ninkasi tradition. The smooth malt character is balanced by an elegant hop bitterness, the perfect complement to a glorious summer day.

Tasting Notes: A touch of Crystal malt is used to sweeten-up this beer in addition to some Vienna malt for balance. The multiple hop varieties are grassy and earthy in tone and differentiate Radiant from most of the citrus forward Northwest Pale Ales!

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Maiden the Shade
Style: Summer-Style IPA
ABV: 6.8
IBU: 72
Starting Gravity: 1065
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Flaked Barley
Hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo
Available: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft, June – Sept. Also available in Summer Variety 4-Packs.
Series: Special Release Series
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: In salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big, robust hop character from the liberal use of seven different hop varieties. It’s completed with a light-colored malt backbone to stay in balance. Kick back and enjoy!

Tasting Notes: This beer has been dubbed a summer IPA. Big powerful combinations of many different kinds of hops give a big hop profile. We added flaked barley to the beer to make for the smooth body and lighter summer-style IPA. Another Ninkasi cult favorite!

Cheers to summer!


Comments (2)

  1. Margaret:
    Sep 27, 2013 at 03:28 PM

    I had the delicious Maiden the Shade while visiting Browards in Fremont, Seattle when on vacation. The tasting notes said it is aged in gin barrels. Is this correct? I didn’t think gin was aged in barrels. Whatever the case, I loved the beer and will look for it next summer when at home in San Diego

  2. Ninkasi:
    Oct 01, 2013 at 05:01 PM

    Glad you enjoyed the beer, Margaret! You are one of the lucky few to have tried our Maiden the Shade aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whisky Barrels. We produced a very limited amount of this beer, but it’s a delicious take on our already delicious Maiden the Shade!


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