arhythmt (69) - USA - APR 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was a wonderful surprise! I expected it to have a really dominating ginger flavor and aroma based on the name and description, but I was quite pleasantly surprised.
The beer pours smooth with a lot of carbonation, which quickly settles down to a decent head. The body is a wheat/straw color...lovely.
The aroma has some spice to it, but I don’t think ginger dominates quite as much as you might expect. It smells like beer, not ginger ale.
The flavor is wonderful: effervescent, light, with some sweetness balanced by the dry hop flavors and the essence of ginger. Overall, this beer is surprisingly well balanced!
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a smooth mug.
Appearance: It has a dark amber brown body with orange highlights. On top sits tall foamy off white head with very good retention and makes good lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has heavy hit of ginger in sweet fruity and bready malt with some funky yeast and spices.
Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor is true to its aroma. It has a solid medium body with a strong spicy ginger presence with a touch of allspice. This is layered over a sweet bready and fruity malt with a note of apple juice, citrus and a touch of funky yeast. The spice and mild alcohol presence warms the palate and the finish shows a light touch of hops. The texture is slick and lively with nice active carbonation.
Notes: Overall this beer is very interesting with many layers of complexity. This is not a beer you can drink a lot of but I did enjoy it and would highly recommend this beer to someone who is looking for something different maybe odd and defiantly special.
mirability (3) - USA - NOV 22, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Reed’s non-alcoholic ginger beer. This has a lot of the same strong ginger flavor in a mildly malty beer....delicious.
jkosempa (1) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light beer with a great flavor. Not sure how they get so many flavors in one beer.
nearbeer (3933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml. Murky copper color with a four-finger, lasting head. Spicy citrus and earthy honey aroma is subdued by some slight ginger. Flavor is earthy citrus-resin, caramel, acidic fruit, peppery dried wood, toasted pecan. Thanks goodness the ginger is used mainly as an accent to the rest of the great flavors, only hogging the spotlight slightly in the finish and the aftertaste. Creamy smooth, medium body is tingly and dry on the gingery finish.
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.
green_fields (3) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very mature ginger beer. Pours deep copper bronze with dense, tight head. Aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, ginger and candied ginger too. Big, rich and sweet in the mouth with nutty ale-like flavours first followed by rich ginger flavour and heat. Finish is hoppy and dry with more ginger heat without being OTT. Drank three before the ginger got too much. Pairs well with roast pork, braised dishes, curries and good by itself too. thumbs up!
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark umber with a large khaki head. Smells mildly spicy with a hint of graininess. Taste is ginger spice and hints of caramel. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew finishes with a ginger dryness.
Ernest (6482) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Bottle (batch RG.10.05). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of ginger, orange peel, cedar, nutmeg, black tea, dried mango. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Fresher bottle this time, apparently brewed in May of this year. Wow. What a beautiful ginger aroma, about as close to chopping up a fresh ginger root as it gets, just softer and gentler. Amazing complexity alongside that aroma, too...fruits, other root spice, etc. The best ginger beer I’ve ever had, I think.
3fourths (8336) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
RG.10.05. 7%. green label.
dark red plum color. nose is delicately soft plum sugar, with subtlely spiced ginger and sweet maple/molasses/toffee accents. inspiration experience from the first sip. chewy, resinous, spiced apple, cinnamon and ginger, with high acidity and medium+ bitterness. delicately textured but weighty for 7%. the sugar, acid and hop balance are near perfect. the chewy caramel sweetness could be toned down a little bit, but the lingering spicy bite of ginger in the finish is richly sustained and overall it’s a fun experience. the carbonation is exploding at exactly the right moment for the body of this beer.
previous rating (3.7) Jan/2010. bottle. unfiltered hazed gold colored body. fresh and green ginger and wheat in the nose, light citrus, light aromatic hops. velvety smooth approach, prickly ginger across the middle and back, citrus acidity in small doses. rich and chewy without being weighty. wonderful beer.