MissK (20) - Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled - could not drink this one down (Iím not a huge fan of ginger, so that was probably the issue). Looked wonderful, with nice carbonation and a thick head. Tasted just like ginger with a citrus-y bitterness.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hitachino Nest Ginger Brew is a translucent (but not at all transparent) orangish red ale. Itís very sparkling with lots of particles. It has a thick multi-colored head, marbled from white to rusty brown. Itís dense, with outstanding retention and lacing. There is a lot of dirty ginger in the aroma with a touch of sweetness. It has a very fluffy medium body thatís very smooth with a sharp, slightly gritty finish. Thereís not really any sweetness. Itís tangy. The ginger is pretty prominent, but not dominant. Itís tangy, leathery, Belgian-like, almost salty. Itís very unique!
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange copper in color. Smells like ginger. Lovely nose with just enough malt and hops integrated with the ginger. Tastes of ginger, slightly bitter, with clean bitter finish. The mid palette and middle flavor profile are disappointing on what is otherwise a solid beer.
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 RE-RATE FOR BETTER BOTTLE surprisingly full-bodied, fruity and with layers of complex herbal spice and even some clovey phenols. What a difference a fresh bottle makes... -- ORIGINAL LOWER RATE - Bottle labeled Real Ginger Brew, which is less dumb. Yep, itís a cloudy spicy sour-smelling wheat beer that smells this time a little like ginger. Howe exciting. Taste follows on smell, with added mineral and tart fruit. Certainly different. 7 3 6 2 12 = 3.0
Sammy (9576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was skunky, with astringent finish. medium mouthfeel,not too drinkable.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice for a ginger. Ginger and caramel on the nose. Flavor is much the same. Finish is a bit thin and metallic.
MikeBuff (7) - Rancho Santa Margarita, USA - JUL 26, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real Ginger Brew, 11. 2oz bottle at home in a Ommegang Hennein wine style glass. Poured this beer at 55 deg and started drinking at 55 deg F, using and infrared thermometer. Beer pours a amber/ caramel with a off white head, good lacing. Nose has strong ginger and lemon with a honey balance. I do get some funk but not sure if its because the bottle had be pulled out of the fridge a couple of times since it did have some floaters. Mouth feel has strong carbonation bite that is aided by the ginger but fades after 5 seconds. Enjoyed this brew however their sake cake and espresso are still my favs from this brewery.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Caramel colored pour. Ginger filled aroma with some spicyness & sweet malts. Taste is heavy ginger up front with nice caramel malt backbone. Palete cleansing almost. Went well with spicy eel rolls
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a smooth mug.
Appearance: It has a dark amber brown body with orange highlights. On top sits tall foamy off white head with very good retention and makes good lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has heavy hit of ginger in sweet fruity and bready malt with some funky yeast and spices.
Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is true to its aroma. It has a solid medium body with a strong spicy ginger presence with a touch of allspice. This is layered over a sweet bready and fruity malt with a note of apple juice, citrus and a touch of funky yeast. The spice and mild alcohol presence warms the palate and the finish shows a light touch of hops. The texture is slick and lively with nice active carbonation.
Notes: Overall this beer is very interesting with many layers of complexity. This is not a beer you can drink a lot of but I did enjoy it and would highly recommend this beer to someone who is looking for something different maybe odd and defiantly special.
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours coppery amber with an average beige head. Aroma is ginger, spices, and a bit of hop. Flavor is sweet, lots of ginger, a bit fruity.