Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Murky copper color with no head. Strong ginger aroma, with some soy sauce, salt and dry honey. It smells "Japanese", and by that, it reminds me of opening a package of sushi from a local grocery store and taking that first deep smell. Or walking into a sushi bar. The ginger turns a little sour in the taste. Caramel malt and slight candi sugar. Surprisingly very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5534) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Sampled at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota, shared by BDR (formerly brewfiend). Pours a semi-hazed orange amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of spiced ginger, flowery hops, yeast funk, and a touch of vinegar. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of strong ginger presence, light bread malt, flowery and grass hops and a touch of alcohol warmth. Finish is a little syrupy more ginger character that overpowers most other flavors. A decent sushi beer if you like ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2008
murky brown with brownish head. A nice ginger bite on the nose. Strong ginger taste on the body, with the rough finish that Iíd expect in a ginger product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2008
orangish appearance with mild white head. sweet nose. flavor is very unique with a malty sweetness that is immediately dominated by a strong sweet ginger taste. there is a mild hop presence at the end before a very dry finish. a very interesting beer that is definitely worth trying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Thebody of this beer is amber and cloudy topped off with very small head. Definitely has a malty Ginger aroma. Theflavor is sweet but filled with carbonation and syrupy sweetness on the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Blah. This beer was disappointing. Iíve liked every beer Iíve had from this brewer but this just missed the mark. Aroma was almost nothing. Could pick up some hops with a hint of ginger, but very faint. Pour was a nice deep amber with a one finger off white head. Taste was very thick and chewy. Tasted like sweet cough syrup without the alcohol and just a hint of ginger. A little spiciness in the aftertaste. Very little carbonation. The concept sounded good, but it didnít carry out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3967) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pour is a cloudy amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is a decent amount of hops followed by the ginger. Flavor is more of the ginger but not to the point of being in your face. Finish is very thick and heavy, it may take awhile to get this down. A decent enough beer and something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-20-08 bottle.
Thick cloudy amber with no head. Looks like an oktoberfest beer. Smells of ginger and yeasty funk. Taste is strange and sweet. I donít normally like ginger so I donít know why I am disappointed with the flavor here - as though I am surprised. Thick dense palate that is enjoyable. Overall - not a flavor profile I would enjoy in any other setting so of course not in beer either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 draft @ papago... pours a cloudier and darker than expected shade of amber topped with a lasting off white head. fresh ginger in the aroma actually numbs my chest a bit. but aside from the freshness, there is little else in the aroma. there is some maltiness but the citrus and hops smells are surely due to the ginger. the flavor is again, mostly fresh ginger and its spiciness along with some skunky grassy hops and caramel. it finishes with dryness and some sour notes. the ginger aftertaste lingers until iíve moved on to the next beer... the body is medium with creamy soft carbonation. i donít know about this one???....7/4/6/4/13/3.4

bottle with a new label... not sure of the age though.... wow! big time difference...the real ginger is there but it is a lot less sharp than it was on tap. aroma and flavors of caramel, chocolate, malt, coffee and flowers. it has really mellowed and softened while becoming much more approachable to the novice... awesome! 9/5/9/4/18/4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2008
330. Pours a cloudy, ruddy dark amber with a gigantically massive tan head. Find something else to do for a while if you plan on filling the glass before you start drinking. Nice ginger nose with some sourness there, too, kinda vinegary. Interesting. Definitely gives you the sense of fermented biomass outside of the cerel realm, even if the layers of complexity all come from ginger and fermented ginger. Medium body with very soft and subdued carb. Caramel, toast, and acres of ginger on the mid-palate, with a lingering ginger finish of modest duration. Fairly interesting and borderline sessionable.

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