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


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
rape me! my entire rating was erased by my cell phone. nose was a candy ginger raped oak barrel, the beer had intensly thick head atop darling amber. flavors were predominantly woody with spicy ginger accents...the wood gives solid sourness overall and the ginger is strong but seems to always remain an accent. blaire from hamiltons offered this to me on the house and completely randomly, but apparently hes been paying attention to what silky likes...cuz silky like dis...and i must give big props to hamiltons, though their tap list sucked that day. in any event, this was hitachino at its sour, woody, and gingery best...what the hellis more could you ask for, seriously. best brewery to ever exist. period.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Cloudy brown, large white head. Pretty much dominated by ginger in both the aroma and flavor. If you like ginger, you’ll like this beer. Pretty simple, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Pours a cloudy copper color with a good long lasting off-white head that left drippy lacing. Aroma is mostly ginger, with a bit of light toasted malt and fruit. Flavor is similar, but the ginger didn’t come through as much. Very good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Labeled as "real ginger beer", and ginger is what jumped out at me from a very cloudy amber pour with a good off-white head and a surprising amount of lacing from swirling the beer in the glass. Very smooth mouthfeel and a lively ginger dominated flavor with a very rich and lingering sweet finish. Very enjoyable and I really have to thank bhensonb for sharing this interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Very hazy amber color with a decent beige head. Aroma is ginger. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is ginger with suppressed malt. The malt is really like aged. Like barleywine malt. Old and mellow. It is a great ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle. Medium amber/orange color, small white head, many small particulates, floaters. Hoppy aroma with hints of light toasted malt. Light to medium bodied. Had an initial oxidized flavor, light ginger taste in background. Some spiciness and hops flavor. I would say this is just average but the originality earned it a point or two. Might be better fresh and served with sushi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7172) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 17, 2008
bottled. copper with a minimal off-white head. gingerbread aroma, no surprises to find plenty of tart ginger flavour but it’s well balanced with hints of nutmeg and licorice and never gets too sweet or sticky

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle: Hazy amber pour with a small light tan head. The aroma has a pronounced ginger presence, with lots of lemon-herbal character and chamomile. Pretty much that basic Hitachino spiciness that you find in all their spicy offerings. Smooth body, with a flvor that is dominated by herbal character. Spicy ginger, lemon, honey, chamomile, and a subtle malt sweetness is detectable through all the spices. Also has a late sweet spearmint hint. Interesting stuff, just a bombardment of spices though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Pours a cloudy reddish gold with a thin off white head. Aroma is strong ginger and a slight citrus hop underneath. Flavour starts with a lively ginger fading into a flat malt flavour. Slightly bitter finish with a lingering ginger flavour. Not quite doing it for me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Pours a murky reddish brown with a fine thin head on top. Wonderful fresh pickled ginger aroma with lots of sugary maltiness too. Crisp tangy ginger on the front of the tongue quickly dried out by a strong yeasty woodiness. Not extremely spicy. The 7% is completely hidden. The ginger is in a really great balance, just barely sweet and spicy enough to actually work. Long lasting sweet ginger finish. A fuller body than I would have expected, slightly syrupy with fine light carbonation. I love fresh ginger ale and I love beer... so...

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