KyotoLefty (7571) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Yamaoka.
Dark brown, low head. Aroma of ginger, with some caramel and malt. Strong ginger flavor, but also good dark malts, caramel, hops, grass, dark fruit. Ginger is leading the way, but there is a lot else going on in there. Bitter, dry, hop and ginger finish with lingering caramel malts. Much nicer than the draught version, which I found far too sweet.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Hamilton’s Tavern. Pours deep copper color with thin white head. Aroma spices, pineapples, some hops. Taste is mildly spicy, some cane sugar-like flavors, some bitterness. Clean finish. Ginger not overpowering.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange cloude, off white head.
Aroma, lots of ginger and other spices.
Taste, ginger, malty candi sugar, hoppy, leaves a spicy aftertaste.
Finish is sweet and somewhat dry.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Hamiltons. Pours with a slightly cloudy, amber-gold body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and full of ginger with underlying malt notes and a slight sourness. Light bodied and smooth.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.