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Ninkasi Renewale 2011

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Each Renewale is a different beer for every year. This year it’s an Irish red ale. I’ve been a big fan of Ninkasi in the past, but some of their seasonal beers have been a little less than desirable. I hope this one is a winner.

Stats:
Irish Red Ale. 5.2% ABV. 40 IBUs. Oregon.

Not really all that red, more caramel brown in color. Great head.

Nice hoppy nose. There’s some citrus and pine from the hops and an under-laying malt profile. Nothing amazing, but solid.

Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, just where it should be at.

Lovely citrus and fruit on the front end that transitions to some pine and lemon. I get this almost wood component and it finishes with some cracker and has some hop bitterness, but good balance.

Another solid beer from Ninkasi. Pick this up. 88 points.

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