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

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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Hazy brown-amber body under a light white head. Fresh ginger alongside a hint of lemon juice in the malty-sweet aroma. The flavor features strong crystal malt flavoring with lemony ginger. Some citrus rind hops in the finish. Light carbonation compliments an above-average mouthfeel. I would have found this been to be more refreshing had it less sweetness and more zippy hops or other spices. Orange zest anyone?

3.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2006
For the type, this beere is delicious. Almost no aroma, pours a deep amber color, with a slightly fizzy head. The ginger comes through enough to taste nice and is very refreshing. I had it from a new labeled bottle in proper glassware at Suzuki Sushi in Rockland Maine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Copper colored with a big malty aroma and hints of ginger. The ginger isnít overwhelming but it is noticeable. Large sips get a little astringent. Is it possible to be unique AND boring?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Copper color with a taller light caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, pumpkin, pineapple, flan and only a very mild spice component. Very smooth and slightly oily on the palate. Light dark caramel mixes with with a mild ginger flavor that bites slightly when one gets to the finish. Actually fairly simple, but a well developed ginger brew. Too many are overpowering and donít have the malt to back up all the ginger. This one has just a mild flavor and bit. Quite full and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2006
One of my new favorites. Head pours thick and with a slightly reddish tint. No single taste or aroma is overwhelming, but the ginger shines through and wakes up the whole palate. A bunch of yeast was present in the bottle, leaving a haze in my second glass. Pour carefully.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Poured a deep and hazy copper/sepia that made my Hoegaarden glass resemble a root beer barrel candy while a creamy, ecru head lasted above. Ginger and hopcit aroma with a mildly sour wheat presence. Gingerbread flavor with licorice and orange rind over a full malt base. Creamy yet tingly mouthfeel, with a finish that can get a bit phlegmy (thick, sour and astringent). Intriguing and tasty now (mid-summer), but this would make an interesting yet appropriate choice for the winter holidays as well.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Hazy, caramely-bronze coloration, dull yellow at the bottom...large head, puffy white, lace leaving, quite attractive. Aroma: sweet, spicy, tangy ginger, and nothing but...but, I like that! Itís all over the nose, and itís invigorating and inviting. Nicey, nice. Letís taste it...big presence in the malt, full flavor, big malt, and delicious ginger flavor. Dang it, I like it. Zingy, zesty, spicy...oh, so tasty. Full bodied, with a long, delicious finish...ginger lingers on the palate. Yum, I like. If you hate ginger, you wonít. But then, who can resist the smiling ginger root mascot on the label?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours hazy and not clear looking to be a copper color. Frothy off white head and spotty lacing. Aroma is chock full of ginger. Some toasty malts. Caramel or toffee. Flavor is again ginger-licious. More citrus in the flavor along with sweet malts. A little touch of heat and an ending of bitterness. The mouthfeel is tingly and refreshing. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
24.3oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear reddish copper with a medium yellow white head. Aromas of fresh ginger, spearmint, toffee malts--very sweet. Flavor is again ginger and mint up front, some toffee malts, and some brown sugar towards the finish, and the finish is the tiniest amount of bitterness. Medium bodied, fairly creamy mouthfeel. This is a good beer (better than Left Handís Juju Ginger), though I donít know if I could drink much more than this bottle in one sitting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2535) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Unique aroma with clean notes of candied ginger and perhaps a minty quality. I also get a cedar like aroma, even though its not aged in cedar like their IPA. Smooth and rounded up front, with a caramel/chocolate/cookieish quality, quickly blending into a dark and spicy middle, and a medium dry finish. The minty ginger lingers briefly on the palate. I canít really compare this to ginger ale because it doesnít have the same sweetness - rather it compares to many other spices ales Iíve had, and favorably so. The spice layer is less complex, but that can be a good thing, as the beer maintains an easy drinkability, which is helped tremendoulsly by its smooth velvety carbonation. Looks nice, with a slightly cloudy amber color and medium creamy head.


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