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Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Formerly brewed at Big City Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kingston, Jamaica


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Brewed using the finest Jamaican Ginger, considered to be the finest in the world. Other ingredients include Cascade hops, Jamaican cane sugar, and Royal Jamaican new crop rum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (1176) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2015
Poured a clouded light greenish brown colour (like most other ginger beers) with no head. Carbonation extremely low and fine so doesn’t have that soft-drink mouthfeel to it. Aroma strongly of fresh and real (not artificial) ginger with an underlying sweetness. Taste quite fiery due to the strength of the taste of raw ginger; slightly sweet to balance the ginger. Light body. Crisp with a fiery ginger finish. A really nice ginger beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3534) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2015
I got this to fill a mixed six pack on the off chance it was ratable and, hey, it totally is. I am not sure it is really beer. They say it uses hops but might just be fermented sugar water otherwise so who knows for sure really. I say count it if those gluten free beers which are made from sorgum syrup count. Or just count it because it’s close enough who cares. In anycase, this stuff is not exactly a sophisticated beverage but it is packed w/ nice fresh ginger flavor. It is cloudy yellow and headless, a bit heavy, along the lines of soda pop w/ less carbonation. The ginger is really the only thing this got going and if it’s artificial (which I am not saying it is) it is at least a passable representation of the spice. It is bright w/ a hint of earthy pine and a bit of hot ginger bite on the back of the tongue. Normally this kinda soda pop shit doesn’t sit well we me but I am so much of a sucker for ginger that I like it a lot anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (222) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2015
I enjoyed this a lot. More like ginger beer-soda than actual beer, but technically beer and seems like its brewed the same way. Ginger pulp on the bottom, so you know this is fresh and not artificial. Spicy flavors up front with plenty of sweetness on the finish to even out. Again, natural sugar cane flavors rather than all this other stuff added. This is something I would get again...would be a great base for beer mixtails.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geologyguy (1035) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2015 Quite good ginger smell, appearance is weird and unique...cloudy and light...looks like bad water...taste is great...perfect amount of spice but a little too sweet...even better with time as palate gets adjusted....could only drink 1 or 2 though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours hazy golden into the glass with a wispy head that reduces to wispy trace lacing. Tons and tons of ginger "floaties" swirling in the glass, so I am expecting "fresh" ginger in the brew. The nose is strictly of ginger ale. Flavors are extremely sweet, spot-on for a commercial ginger ale, with lots of fresh ginger spiciness. some lemon, tons of candi sugars, and warming ginger spice to finish. The ginger is very heavy in this soda-esque offering. Honestly, if one likes a commercial ginger ale, he/she would not be disappointed in this brew. I’m a bit perplexed by some of the negative reviews, as if this were being treated as a beer with ginger added late in the process, providing an "essence", whereas this brew expressly is marketed as an alcoholic ginger "ale". Normally, I find many radlers and fruit brews cloying by adding extracts after the boil, but the sweetness to this, knowing what to expect going into it, is quite nice. The mouthfeel is active with ginger spiciness, the carbonation quite a bit softer than a soda, though. Sweet, with lemony citrus and spiced all the way from beginning to the end, what it may lack in complexity certainly is compensated by the interesting brew process that even allows this to be rated as an official brew. Many in this category are not up to the brewing standards, and thus, are kicked out of the "rateable" category (i.e. "malt beverages"). I find this to have some nice "hair of the dog" aspects... not only does it help after an evening of deep indulgence, but also the ginger properties do quite a proficient job of settling an upset stomach, regardless of whether one has imbibed a bit too much or not. All-in-all, it stands for what it is, and I quite think it does a nice job at that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1607) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Pretty much ginger ale beer. Cloudy gold with plenty of ginger floaters at the bottom. Soda sweet, big ginger punch, about what you expect. Not bad on a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3581) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2015
12oz bottle from pace high carryout. cloudy gold pour with no head and visible floaties. aroma of strong ginger and sugar. tastes are also candied sugar and ginger with a spicy heat to it. not as bad as I was expecting - the spiciness knocks down the sweetness quite a bit. I like the lasting burn through the finish. felt like this would make for a good mixer and poured a little bourbon in the second half - not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nisse666 (5216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle from Beer Frog cons 2015-05-08 Spring Hill AP: loads of "yummy" stuf in the bottom, lemonade colored body, no head, fizzy apperance AR: ginger lime yeah soda pop F: fizzy, heavy ginger - flavor and burning feeling - they must have put tones of ginger, lemonade with lime, they ginger can kill any bad beer;) Jamica MO 3 for me (if it is a beer?)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2015
Pours straw, no head. Nose shows candied ginger, a musty/mouldy note and a bready character. Very sweet flavours, again like candied-ginger/confectionery. A wierd bi-carb soda note in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2666) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a hazy grey-beige colour with a head that disappears quickly, as it is fizzy, leaving no lacing. Spicy nose with lots of fresh ginger and pine needle notes. The cane sugar balanced the taste between the spiciness of the ginger and the light sweetness. Light malt lingers. Quite refreshing and very spicy ginger, just like real ginger beer pop. Not as sweet as most said it was.

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