bubbleflubber (2035) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Nisse666 (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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?)
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Metalchopz (2605) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
obguthr (4589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lemon-lime and ginger nose. Milky yellow, headless. Cane sugar, lemonade with a prickly ginger heat on the back of the palate. Cloying but with a good ginger kick. Light body. Not very beery. Dial back the sugar please.
YigSvartka (219) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Interesting yellow/white hue not unlike lemon aid, with no head. Ginger is quite present in the aroma, as well as citrus and perhaps some grass. Despite my adoration for ginger, this is putrid. The robust ginger flavour is wonderful, but this beer is far too sweet. Initially the taste is bubbly and spicy, but immediately following this, the cane sugar taste is far too apparent. Tastes akin to a cold honey ginger tea with far too much honey.
Pyobon (1094) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Hazy pale yellow gold with no head. Pleasant aroma of ginger. Medium body, slightly syrupy, and well carbonated with a fine bright carbonation. The taste is dramatic: there is so much ginger! It is ginger from the foretaste straight through to the extremely long fiery aftertaste. The flavour profile does change, mostly notably from flavour of ginger to ginger burn, but also there is sweetness that grows fast at the start and then subsides. Normally I would consider this amount of sweetness to be too much; however with the intense ginger and the length of the aftertaste, it is probably necessary for balance. The sweetness seems sugary, not malty. There really is no hint that this is a based on a regular beer and I assume that it is a traditional ginger beer, fermenting sugar. As the former, it would disappoint, but as the latter it is pushing the envelope. A very impressive ginger beer.
tillmac62 (421) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 226/14. Pours a turbid, off white, very light amber of suspended ginger. No head, lacing or retention. Exceptional nose of ginger over a sweet background with a sweet citrus note. Light medium body with a nice slick oily texture. The carbonation level is above normal with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is 2 dimensional and quite intense. It begins with intense ginger that fades into an intense candy like sweetness. As the sweetness fades, the ginger burn begins with an intensity on the tongue then flows to the back of the throat. The intensity is similar to chili pepper - this baby will light you up. Such makes it hard to assign taste ratings - some will love it’s intensity, others shall hate it. If the intent was to bombard you with ginger and it’s spicy heat - they have certainly succeeded. Personally, I like this one.