hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, 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. Iíve never really picked up on lemongrass in a beer as much as in this one. Canít 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.
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow. aroma hits with tons of lemongras, ginger and light caramel. Flavor is big on the lemongrass, maybe a hint too much...a bit soapy in flavor. I like the idea and this is certainly a refreshing beer.
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Hunahpu 2011. The pour is a cloudy, dirty deep yellow with no head formation. Aroma is heavy ginger root, lemon, bay leaves. Taste is heavy medicinal, lots of sugary sweetness with sharp ginger spice. Creates an instant headache. Really a nice idea but not executed very well. Iím a big fan of ginger, but Iím not sure how this is different from just ginger tea with lots of sugar added. Probably would be better to first make a good sour mash wheat beer with a little acidity and then add in freshly cut ginger in the mash and again in secondary. The sweet base beer is just not very good so the ginger really is just hiding it.
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini Growler thanks to my Uncle! Shared with Yanick. Pours cloudy yellow. White head. Nose and taste of an Asian stir fry! Lots of ginger, wasabi, lemongrass, wheat and spices. Smooth. Very sessionable. This just works. It shouldnít, but it does.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the FBG Fest 2011. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is ginger, lemongrass, citrus rind, and a bit of malt. Flavor is everything that is promised- a lot of lemongrass and even more ginger. A different, yet very easy-drinking beer.
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Buddha, pouurs a clear light golden yellow color, aromas of wheat, ginger, and lemon. Flavors follow suit, light refreshing and nice for a hot night out. Lemongrass is not overpowering nor is the ginger. A nice beer overall.
Earlier Rating: 7/29/2011 Total Score: 3.9
On draft at the Buddha, poured a hazy/cloudy yellow with a great ginger aroma. I thought by the smell the ginger would be overpowering, however it blended well with the wheat beer base. A nice beer that would go well wih Japanese food, the after taste reminded me of the ginger sauce you get at a Japanese steak house.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Hunaphu release. This just sounded terrible and I was quite dubious, however, after Seanís rec Iím glad I gave this a try.. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a decent white head, looks fine... The aroma is light and sweet, perfect for a warm sunny day. Lots of lemongrass on the front with some citrus, a hint of ginger on the finish. Glad the ginger was muted or this could have been trouble... The taste is wheat and lemongrass on the front. The ginger only presents on the finish, which is perfectly executed. It adds excitement to the finish, and also if it was present throughout it would be too strong and overpowering. This is a perfect beer to have with chinese food, move over Kirin.
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewer. Hazy gold with a thin white head. Scent is spicy. Taste is a sharp citrus and spice.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Buddha. Somewhat cloudy with a hazy yellowish color. Good carbonation with a nice fluffy head. Aroma has a good bit of ginger mixed with a little bit of sugar, reminds me somewhat of a ginger candy, but not overly sweet. Very tasty and refreshing.
Earlier Rating: 4/17/2011 Total Score: 4
On tap at Funky Buddha. Iíve been awaiting this beer release for some time. It seems that I somehow I always just miss it. The base beer is the Floridan so that would explain a lot of the banana aroma I got from the first whiff. It has a nice lemon/ginger zest to it as well. The carbonation was a little off IMO and it almost reminded me of a flat Sprite. Itís still a good beer, donít get me wrong.
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.