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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A dose of fresh ginger roots added to the brewkettle creates an intriguing mix of ginger, malt-sweetness , and citruslike aromas and flavors Hoppy dryness is very subdued with ginger-sweet-spicey notes dominating throughout to the very finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Cloudy orange pour with a puffy white head. Aroma is light with a very strong hint of ginger and some light malts and sugar. Flavor is a ton of ginger at the start that mixes with some other random spices, I think I detected cloves, malts, and some light hops at the end. Finishes spicy with a lot of ginger lingering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3221) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to Lithy for sharing this one at decaturstevo’s Februmergency Tasting. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with an off-white head. Tobacco & leather aroma. I didn’t smell or taste any ginger, but it was getting late in the tasting.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle at the Febmergency tasting. Pours amber with beige head. The aroma is candied ginger, some sugar, and a little bit of chemical burn. The flavor is ginger, some various spices, chalky caramel. Semi-dry finish. Not very exciting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Golden amber that smells, well, like Ginger ale. Tastes of Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and molasses with a tart citrus finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (3938) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle at decaturstevo’s Februmergency Tasting for those of us that missed out on Sexual Chocolate ’09 thanks to lithy. Translucent reddish amber with small light tan head. Massive ginger aroma with a sweet kick to it. Flavor is of course ginger, but with some spicy clove and vanilla. Good for what they are trying to do, but I’m just not a fan of ginger beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Draft. Pours an amber body with a white head. Note of ginger, lightly fruity body with some caramel. Allspice, clove, ginger, root, and sage. Lightly floral bouquet.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1165) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Despite my credentials in Japanese studies, I’ve had a difficult time warming up to Kiuchi brewery’s style. Aside from their New Year’s Ale, which I fondly recall being a sweet and spicy brew to joyfully and flavorfully herald the New Year, most of their product line has been too strange or adventurous for my palate. The Red Rice Ale was a miserable, drinkable sekihan, and the Weizen was very average. I’ve been on a Japanese culinary kick as of late, keeping fresh ginger roots in my refrigerator at all times, and relishing the opportunity to stick my nose into its freshly grated pulp, so I had some budding enthusiasm for this beer. But the Ginger Ale (not to be confused with ginger beer) takes the same strange and awkward tact - like a new born deer, it sort of stumbles around, crumpling to the ground in an inelegant dance of confusion and discord. It pours with a dense but short creme brulee colored head, topping a very murky, hazy and lively brown beer. The aroma is strikingly herbal, pushing brown sugar, ginger and some more savory herbs like parsley and sage. I sense a blood relationship with the New Year’s Ale here, but an inferior phenotype. The flavor attacks from a different vantage point, with a bubbly, tangy and frankly somewhat shocking flavor profile. It has a yogurt tang familiar to Korean soft serve gripping the tongue, and then the ginger ale hits you with cinnamon, clove, and generous squeezes of both lemon and lime, making the rest of the flavors somewhat wan in comparison. Tastes a bit like those lime flavored beers that were popular awhile ago. The ginger ale doesn’t like like a beer, it’s not very drinkable, but it certainly is unique. Noticeably absent from the eclectic crowd of flavors is the ginger, which I think remains relegated to the aromatics. I’ll continue to hope for a repeat of the New Year’s Ale from Kiuchi, but this is not it.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2159) - USA - JAN 22, 2009
Grass, citrus, honey, and spice in the aroma, but there is a touch of skank too. Amber pour with impressive lid, Cool label on the bottle. The flavor has lots of citrus, noticeable ginger, roots and herbs, and roasted grain. Oh yeah, there maybe some hops in there too. Definitely unusual. This is the first Japanese craft beer I am rating. It is good, and I look forward to trying more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plan9 (5) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2009 does not count
24.3oz bottle from Knighlty Spirits. Pours a bark copper color with a thick tan head. Nose of pickled ginger. Sweet maltyness with a strong ginger flavor. Would be good with sushi, it’s a little much on it’s own.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is caramel, ginger, and floral hops. Cloudy copper with a medium offwhite head. Flavor ginger, light bitterness, and caramel maltiness. Finish is light bitterness.


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