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

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RATINGS: 536   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.


1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2007
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Brown color, not clear with no head. Ginger aroma is definitely there along with some tangy sweetness. The taste isnít as bad as I expected, but there isnít a whole lot to it either. Ginger, celery, cough drops. The feel is thin and leaves a sweet film on your tongue. Thanks BŁckDich.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2765) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle pours a cloudy orange light brown. very slight head and no lacing. Aroma of sour apples and ginger. Duh. Flavor is a Halls Mentholyptus cough drop at first. Odd unusual but interesting. Soft carbonation and a fairly thin feel. The bitterness is not classic hoppines, but lingers. Unique. Thanks Jordan for this one.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Dusty, dark orange pour with a modest off-white head. Nose of spices, ginger, orange, and Listerine. Do I drink or do I gargle? Tastes like ginger and spices. Some citrus present, mostly in the tail. Orange peel. Sharp finish with more spices. The taste is so dominated by spice, its hard to get past the ginger. Good thing it tastes better than it smells. Thanks to Jordan for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: Orangeish amber color with a nice creamy head and lacing. The nose is fairly bright with the ginger, part mouthwash, and part fresh root. I work with the pickled ginger (gari) everyday, and I see no resemblence to that (thankfully). A fresher, rootier ginger. A sweet caramel malt and playful citrusy hop note too. The flavor dives more into the malt notes of it. I like the spicy/sweet hint the flavor gives, almost like the bitterness of the hops would in another case. Any more hop bitterness and this delicate balance would be way thrown off. A bit thin and metallic in the finish, but a creamy full body and an overall tasty, albeit refreshing spicy beverage. Very nice Hitachino!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (3259) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2007
330 Bottle pours out a clear copped topped with a off white head. Aroma of mouth wash and heavy spice. The tast much better that I was thinking. Thanks Jordan

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle grabbed from Riversbend: Pours a nice brown color with a pretty good amount of head. Smell is pretty sweet and I smell some caramel that seems to hide in the background. There is something floral in the back there as well. Taste has some carmel and citrus in there. The aftertaste brings about the ginger at first. As you keep drinking, the taste becomes of huge amount of ginger. The taste is pretty dry. I enjoy a little ginger, but this one seems to cause a little bit to much of a dry feeling to truly be fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, thick and inviting. Aroma is fresh sprigs of ginger with a slight splash of hops. Flavor is ginger and cough syrup, finishing with hops and a sweet cedar flavor. Full and coating mouthfeel. Interesting, but too intense to drink much more than one . Toning the ginger down a notch might benefit this beer.


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