Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy brown amber with very little head. Aroma of caramel and ginger. Taste is sweet with some herby spice from the ginger but not overwhelming. Medium body with smooth carbonation.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Village Pourhouse courtesy of CUJO. Poured a very inviting deeply dark brown. Taste was not as much ginger as I would have guessed... not even close. More like a starchy malt tone with asian/belgian spice undertones. Palate was hearty. The image of the bottle is making me laugh..
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap: pint glass: VPH: I must say I like this brewery for their use of unique flavors, this one being no exception. Pours mostly clear deep amber... lots of pour bubbles leaving a solid finger of white head. The nose was very aromatic, very bright, lots of citrus fruits, florals and some spices. The carbonation brings the flavor immediately throughout your mouth... a rush of medium/ full bodied malts, a blend of sweet and bitter that is hard to put a finger on. There is the distinctive scratch in the back of your throat that the spice of ginger can bring, but not overpowering. Truly a solid brew.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin soapy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, citrus and ginger with a malt backbone. Flavor is basically malt with a slightly spicy ginger backbone. Full, bubbly carbonated mouthfeel.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL as Hitachino Real Ginger Brew (olive label). Pours an unclear reddish amber with a two-finger, fizzy, soda-like, dark tan head. Leaves some okay lacing. Great crystal malt and caramel nose with some funky leather, spice, cinnamon, ginger root. Taste is spicy, vinegary with apple juice, sour tartness, and some grainy dryness in the finish. Ginger is not overwhelming. This overall is very well balanced, a bit sour, and is quite refreshing. Very interesting. A nice surprise.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a off-white head over a gold body with a few small particles. Aroma of both fresh and pickled ginger, caramel and ginger-ale. Taste is ginger, earth, and dirt. None of the sweetness I like with ginger-ales, not caramel malty back bone either. Low residual sugars, tastes like I am eating the root straight. Lightly spicy finish. Fizzy and dry.
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 (1576) - 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