MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber-orange, a bubbly white head with some lacing. Slightly tart nose of ginger, apple, and some minor hop presence in citrus and grass. Very sweet flavor. Ginger is too dominant in the mouth, some tea and malt struggling to find a place. Crisp mouth, short finish. Still drinkable and even reminiscent of NG Belgian Red, but this is not nearly as interesting or cohesive.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity strong ginger aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweetish fruity spicy ginger flavor. Has a sweetish fruity spicy ginger finish.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a brown with an orange tint and lots of sediment, small light beige head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.
smell is of ginger, spice, orange peel, and a few hops.
taste is tangy, lots of ginger, tangerine, tart on the tongue, and some hops, ends a little bitter and tart.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy light amber. Big fluffy head with moderate lacing.
Smells of light ginger and holiday spices.
Taste is not like beer, more-so a ginger cider. Flat, little carbonation, sticky sweet, and pretty much one note. However, I had a terrible stomach ache tonight and was going to take ginger and figured, why not try this beer? And it actually helped settle my stomach quite a bit.
Overall a unique offering that just isnt what I would want, but to a ginger lover, who also is fond of ciders, this could be a real homerun.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy, copper-mahogny with a creamy tan head. A bit of paper and spice aroma. Deeply spiced flavours together with some fruit. Ginger for sure. Not convinced about this one.
djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full review with photos and links to other reviews:
Appearance. This beer has a foamy but not frothy yellow-white head and does not leave much foam on the glass. This beer is hazy, which might be expected of an herb/spice beer, and has an amber or dark honey color.
Smell. Real Ginger Brew has a ginger aroma like that of ginger ale or ginger beer, which is a sweet smooth ginger smell. The bouquet is spicy with a bit of cloves and is enhanced by the ginger while accompanied by a light fruitiness.
Taste. The most pronounced taste of this beer is sweet malty ginger. Backing the ginger beer flavor is a sweet maltiness that is complemented with a touch of smooth hop bitterness. As you drink more of this brew the spiciness of the ginger builds but not so much that is it overpowering.
Mouthfee Real Ginger Brew is well carbonated, which adds to the comparison to ginger ale, and is a medium-light bodied beer.
Drinkability. This beer is strong in alcohol content and strong in ginger flavor. On one hand it is crisp and refreshing like a ginger ale but also like a ginger ale I rarely want more than one.
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at the Gingerman in Norwalk. It is certainly a ginger beer and I once again give Hitachino props for spreading out. It pours a cloudy amber with a nice head. It smells malty with some citrus, certainly ginger notes and a bit of hops. The taste pretty much follows the aroma with the ginger dominating a hint of hops. A nice unique brew but not really my style of beer.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden hue with a big bubbled. slight off-white head. Aromas of ginger, skunk, hoppy bitterness, and plastic. Mouth feel is medium bodied with flavors of ginger, lemon/lime 7 up, a nice bitterness with a dry finish. Would go well with sushi.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from case and keg in Boca. Pours a hazyamber color with a light whitish head. Aroma is full of fresh ginger and pale malts. Flavor hits with too much ginger. As the beer warms the ginger subsides a bit and you can get some fruity malts and hops. Overall an interesting beer...but not one I would drink again.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Solid brown-orange with a thin white head. Big ginger aroma and that Hitachino cedar. Taste is ginger, citrus, oranges.