jonno (2097) - JAPAN - APR 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting brew, obviously depends if you like ginger or not. A serious hybrid
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: smells of candied ginger, malt, slightly sourish, nice.
Appearance: strange brown colour w/ browntinted white head. Pretty cloudy.
Flavour: sweet, mild, vanillalike, peppery ginger, malty.
Palate: slimy but fizzy.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a small white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma full of ginger and citrus with an underlying malt sweetness. Taste is the same with a ginger and citrus aftertaste. Finishes dry and bitter. Very different but quite enjoyable.
thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated light brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was spicy and ginger. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of ginger. A horrible one that I would not buy again. Way to much ginger in it horrible yucky pass on this one for sure!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this at an area sushi bar. I thought it was genuinely different from most Japanese beers Iíve had, and reminiscent of some winter warmers Iíve had (like Lakefrontís Christmas beer). It was almost a mix of a holiday beer and Sprecherís Ginger Ale soda. It went nicely with the wasabi and ginger on my plate at the time I was drinking it.
Appearance was a caramel color, like a dark IPA. Aroma is lightly sweet and ginger-y, with some other unidentifiable other spice character (anise?). Flavor was very strong ginger, and this made the mouthfeel quite crisp and pretty good. But the ginger notes also made this beer not all that drinkable/sessionable.
EithCubes (4579) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Earth aroma, malt and caramel with a good deal of spice - ginger and nutmeg - and light herbs. Clear red body with a light brown head. Bittersweet (first bitter, then sweet) ginger taste with light caramel malt. Some light coriander and orange rind in the midbody. Only medium carbonation but itís enough to keep the surface moving around for some time. Aftertaste is slightly warming, flavor is pure ginger and malt. Easy drinking. Smooth and very, very full-bodied. Overall flavor is a bit one-dimensional but thereís the overwhelming feeling of blended complexity - the brewer should be proud of this successful take. At the same time, I canít see myself ever buying this again ... though Iíd gladly accept it over any earthy seasonal come punkiní time.
Kinz (3164) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber, slight head. Faint ginger aroma, not as assertive as I feared. Flavor was caramel oriented malts, much like a typical amber, with a bit of candied ginger on the finish where the hops would typically be in the flavor profile. I frankly didnít find it aggressive, and rather enjoyed it. Perhaps an older bottle?
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I will refrain from the obvious "crap in a bottle" description because...well, it just doesnít do this justice. This was worse than crap in a bottle. This stuff is vile and if you want to know what it tastes like, take a huge chunk of ginger, grate it up, squeeze all the juice into your mouth, now pour in Nyquil, swish it all together and there ya go. Medicinal and ginger just arenít good combos. If you love ginger, then you will love this beer. I enjoy ginger at certain times in small amounts. This is ginger overload. If thatís what the brewers were shooting for, they nailed it right on the head.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
03-Oct-06 (330 ml bottle: Obtained 27-Sep-06 in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) Real Ginger Ale. Wow, the ginger really packs a punch here. It gives a perception of significant sweetness, but it also contributes a fairly strong bitterness that crosses the line into astringency. Sweetness is also enhanced by the fruitiness, with sweet orange glaze coming to mind. Itís almost overwhelmingly sweet, actually. Despite the sweetness, there is also an obvious citrus tartness for some balance, but neither can offset the lingering, bitter spiciness of the ginger. Malts are obviously contributing significantly to the flavor and body, but because of the dominance of the ginger, I canít really pick out any specifics. Medium in body with ample carbonation, but with the potency of the ginger, this isnít very smooth on the palate or easy to drink. Very sweet ginger dominates the nose, and without the bitterness, the aroma is much more enjoyable than the flavor. Amber in color with moderate haziness, the beer is capped by a short-lived, light-tan head that fully dissipates. Interesting and certainly packed with flavor, but ultimately not my thing given that Iím not a fan of ginger root. Iím having a tough time finishing the bottle, so I wonít. But if youíre a fan of ginger beer, this is a quality product worth seeking out.
hotstuff (3737) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very small ivory head that mostly diminished with no lacing, transparent, minimal carbonation, and a reddish orange hue. Nose was mildly hoppy, sweet malt and yes, ginger. Ginger, dry, malty, and mildly hoppy flavor. Smooth and dry mouthfeel. Light body. Flavor was predominately ginger-way too much ginger in fact. Oh well--it is what it is.