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“Maiden The Shade – Specialty Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

As you pour, aromatic, floral hops hit you like pungent freshly picked flowers. As you guzzle, well-defined (but not overpowering) bitterness joins sweet, fresh hops within a juicy, enlivening tide of quasi-IPA benevolence. Yet another formidable and potent (6.8% ABV) … Continue reading

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“Radiant Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

Somewhere within the vast matrix of possibility, where IPA and pale ale coexist as one and neither, the seasonal Radiant materializes. Copper-hued and astringently malted, with a vaguely syrupy body and a sharp, sugarless finish, what it lacks in depth … Continue reading

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“Spring Reign Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

When a brewery’s mildest beer is an IPA in all but the name it says something about that brewery. Indeed, if this were any other company, the seasonal Spring Reign would’ve been called 24-carat IPA or Hopopotamus (or any other … Continue reading

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“Believer Double Red Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

To Eugenians, Ninkasi is the new Nike. Founded in 2006, it has quickly grown into a northwest beer powerhouse, offering bold, original interpretations of standard varieties. Even their labels stand out, ensnaring the eye with hitherto unused pastels and bright, … Continue reading

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