VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle/11.2oz - Poured a darkish amber in color with a small very light tan head that hung around to produce some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma was slightly tart and faint of ginger and other spices. Flavor was an interesting mix of tartness, a small amount of ginger and flowery hops. Finish is slightly sour with a lingering mild bitterness, some mild ginger and some spiciness. Just OK... I was expecting more ginger flavor.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My friend Travis brought this one from out of state to the annual Memorial Day party. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy caramel-brown color with a huge orange-tan head that lingered. The aroma was strong candied ginger and ginger ale. The flavor was tangy and tart with spicy candied ginger and a touch of cinnamon. The finish was long, dry and spicy ginger. Medium body. Interesting.
travita (4722) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is sweet tarts, ginger, malts, flowers, and spiced. The look is cloudy, golden in color, and has an off white head. The taste is lemonade, powdery, sweet, slight tartness.
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. Great sweet beer. Aromas of ginger, burnt caramel, and some alcohol. Taste is sweet, with a touch of sourness, and bitter notes; it lasts long. Palate is creamy, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy white head.
Mjollnir (394) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle, labelled "Real Ginger Brew". Pours hazy golden brown with suspended sediment, a lot of bubbles, a small persistent off white head and some mottled lacing. The aroma is subdued, caramel, dark fruit and some ginger. The ginger comes forward in the flavour, with medium sweetness and low-medium bitterness while the alcohol is also noticeable. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, silky, and dry in the finish.
bmeup (618) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich dark red/amber and minimal head. Aromas of sweet malt & ginger spice. Flavour is the same with a definate medicinal character. Seems to be out of balance to me. Mix it with something else maybe! Not my fav from Kiuchi.
bu11zeye (12527) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloud orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of ginger, horseblanket, citrus, and florals. Flavor of ginger, orange, caramel, brett, and florals.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color with lots of bubbles. Malty, hoppy, and faint sweet-spicy ginger aroma. I already love it. Then it goes sort of downhill from there. Sweet, strongly ginger flavor, with a slightly unpleasant hop bitterness at the end. Unique it is, but it’s too much like ginger beer to be a good ginger-flavored ale.
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a dull amber brown body with a short head. Nose is a bit of ginger and sweet. Taste comes across a little woody, ginger again definitely, didn’t notice the alcohol. Enjoyed most of the Hitachino beers I have tried though this one didn’t do a lot for me.
larsga (7077) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Biggish offwhite shiny head. Hazy red body. Strong harmonic gingery aroma with licorice and cough drop notes. Dry gingery herbal taste, quite light, but strong on the ginger. Light body. Faintly hot mouthfeel, presumably from the ginger. Dry peppery gingery aftertaste with herbal floral notes. Nice, and interesting, but a bit one-dimensional. More complexity would improve it dramatically. (0.33l bottle at Olympen.)