Ninkasi Maiden the Shade Specialty Ale, a summer seasonal offering from Ninkasi Brewing, poured a fluffy, off-white head over a honey hued body with significant pale particles circulating throughout despite a lack of visible carbonation. The nose had orange citrus, light spiciness, and a vanilla sweetness.
Ninkasi Maiden the Shade Specialty Ale opened with mild orange citrus with subtle hints of caramel, which is slowly cut by a pleasant grassy, pepper bitterness. The sweetness stayed in the background but supported the ale through its crisp finish, with slightly escalated bitterness entering in the fade.
Ninkasi Maiden the Shade Specialty Ale offers everything I expect in a summer varietal from Ninkasi; big, hop-forward flavor, a refreshing but full-bodied malt profile, and an unapologetic lack of clarity in the wort. Buy one, sit in the shade, open, and enjoy.