Ninkasi Expo 58

Reviewed by on March 23, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company

  • Origin: Eugene, OR, US

  • Rated On: March 23, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing releases this as a marker for the end of winter, and it is also an ode to Expo 58 (the first one after World War II), which was in Brussels – hence the Belgian-style brew.

This beer appears a hazy, rather pale golden straw colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some spectral webbed lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, earthy, yet peppy yeast, mild orange and white grapefruit citrus rind, some muddled savoury spice, and further leafy, weedy, and herbal hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, applesauce, equally pureed pears, sort of acrid yeast, even milder earthy spices, and a continuation of the fruity and green leafy hops from the nose.  The bubbles are fairly intensive in their equally fizzy and frothy natures, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast and hops not really keen on pissing anyone off here. It finishes barely off-dry, the grainy pale malt still tussling with the lingering hops and yeast.

Overall, a generally agreeable version of the style, all the typical points well hit upon, with an extra little bit of Yankee hop goodness thrown in for good measure. Tasty, and a suitable nod to the titular world fair that we Canadians have at least a passing glimpse of youthful memory for (not to mention the now long-gone MLB team who were named after it).

Brady White

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