gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Tampa Bay Brewers Guild Fest. Poured a creamy yellow. Nose was huge fresh ginger, sweet malts, lemongrass, lemon peel. Flavor was all ginger, tart and tangy ginger, hints of lemongrass, refreshing citrus. Wonderful beer, but definitely made for sample size.
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured it from the Funky Buddha 32 oz growler into my pilsner glass. It arrived at the bottom a hazy golden color. It has some orange type hues to it as well. The head was thin, bubbly and white. Unfortunately it was gone rather quickly.
The smell is unlike any beer I’ve ever had but very similar to a real craft made ginger ale soda. You get tons of ginger in the nose and hints of lemongrass. Seems pretty obvious to get those as they are exactly what are used to make the beer.
The taste is more of the same from the nose. But I also get a little honey and orange in there. Some hefe like yeast characteristics rounds this out. It is also quite light in body. The carbonation seemed a hint off from the last time I had it but not enough to be a big difference.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent orangey brown, looks like ginger ale. Once again ginger ale on the nose big time with a little vannila and lemon. Light bodied with a light creamy texture. I get a lot of lemon and orange zest, plenty of ginger flavor with a bit of a bite on the finish. Lingering ginger aftertaste. Very unique beer.
hopscotch (8847) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft... As Chris mentioned, this one was a "secret" draft provided me by hankchinaski. Not on the draft list but I was lucky enough to get a sample. Hazy, light yellow ale with a minimal white head. The aroma is bursting-at-the-seams with ginger, lemongrass and pale grains. I’ve never really picked up on lemongrass in a beer as much as in this one. Can’t miss it as it slaps you upside the head. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor runs parallel to the nose. Mild, typical hefe esters and phenols as well, but the lemograss and ginger are the stars of this herbal show. Finishes crisp, spicy and herbal.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2011 Tap at the Funky Buddha grand opening. This one was a "secret" draft. Not on the list but they had a handle for it nonetheless and were giving only samples of it out. The reason being the appearance. So expect this score to go up down the road once they get that fixed. Nose is absolutely insane ginger and lemon with notes of vanilla and honey. This is one you can just smell all night. The flavor really matches it, in a way that is almost tea like. You also get some typical hefe esters as well as that vanilla. I don’t even know that they used vanilla in this one but I got it anyways. Appearance is a kinda grayish yellow that very hazy, apparently caused by the juiced ginger. With some clarifying agents and cold crashing they should be able to fix most of that. My favorite beer of the night at their grand opening.
Rerate-Hunahpus Day, new hefe yeast used. This has given the beer overall more body than the previous version. Balance of ginger and lemongrass is good. Bumped rating by .1