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


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RATINGS: 575   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, darkly amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a deep amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows lots of carbonation and a lightly hazy, bright red color. As I pour the beer smells quite fruity with a mix of citrus and berry notes. A closer inspection confirms the fruitiness. Smells a bit like young, sweet pickled ginger that comes with sushi, but I am surprised how fruit-like this smells. Towards the finish a woody, spicy, almost black pepper like notes emerges, but mainly berry and citrus notes seem to dominate.

Sweet and tart tasting up front, the beer finishes with quite a chalk-like taste. Spicy ginger flavors play a prominent role here in the flavor, though I would not call them overwhelming. There is still some of that citrus and berry flavors from the aroma too. Flavors of ginger, key limes, strawberries . Sharp and slightly astringent in the finish (from the ginger), chalky, dusty malt notes also enter in to the mix. Woody, earthy ginger notes intermingle quite well with tart and sweet fruit notes. This has a medium fullness to it that allows the beer to have some heft and presence on the palate. The malt especially contributes to a full mouthfeel here, and seems to work quite harmoniously with the ginger character; by which I mean that a lesser bodied beer would probably not hold up nearly as well to the ginger character.

This is an interesting brew, it has brought out a side of aromas and flavors of ginger that I did not realize was there (and that is always cool). I do really like that the ginger character is not over the top, it is certainly present, even perhaps the largest flavor contributor, but really integrates itself quite well here. As I work my way through my glass this beer actually grows on my quite a bit; it has moved up from being interesting and educational to being tasty and fairly quaffable.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Single bottle: lots of head, good head retention, amber color, slight ginger flavor, slight oak flavor, slight hops flavor. Smooth finish, some aftertaste. Not a lot of flavor, though. Not as good as the Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale or the Belgian White Ale. My bottle had a different label. I need to re-rate this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle: Big sweet toffee and ginger aroma. It pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. The flavor starts with toffee that quickly fades a big ginger finish. There is some faint sour fruit in the background. Medium-bodied with semi-lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Nice cloudy orange with a tannish lasting head.Ginger nose , ginger flavor and carmelly malty some doughiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mirability (3) - USA - NOV 22, 2007 does not count
I love Reed’s non-alcoholic ginger beer. This has a lot of the same strong ginger flavor in a mildly malty beer....delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2037) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Ginger and sweet malt aroma. Clear dark orange color with some floaters. Small tan head with mild lacing. Starts with a moderate amount of ginger. Finishing with a sweet and silky. Ginger comes back in the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7058) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dirty-looking orange-copper with a spare diminishing off-white head and plenty of sediment -- kind of flat looking. Mild aroma of light ginger, caramel malt and citrus. Flavour of ginger, caramel malt, yeast and spices. Some alcohol in the lightly bitter, slightly astringent finish. Average bodied. Decent but doesn’t do much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2007
deep amber color with a dense beige head. lightly spicy and gingery aroma, with more typical sweet malt and some resinous hops behind. spicy, but not hot-smelling - surprisingly inviting. flavor is much like the aroma, very interesting! no ginger "heat" but the flavor has clearly been imparted. really more of a candied ginger flavor than spice. fairly attenuated as a bit of alcohol is present and not much residual sweetness. quite a fun beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2007
this brew manages to present a great ginger flavor without seeming artificial or barely perceptible. The japanese surely know how to work the ginger. Would make a great brew with your sushi or even a wintertime brew served slightly warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3156) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice tan head. Aroma of ginger, malts, and some spices. Flavor is similar to aroma with a nice citrus aftertaste.

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