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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: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davros (2119) - 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 (2485) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
obguthr (4222) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
YigSvartka (142) - Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1014) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (313) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2014
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 itís intensity, others shall hate it. If the intent was to bombard you with ginger and itís spicy heat - they have certainly succeeded. Personally, I like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle from Brewski 041014. You know it is a good ginger beer when after the first sip you get that burn in the back of your throat and it travels all the way down and even numbs the lips. Dusty, must, earthy and a real mouth number. Strongest ginger beer I have had - more burn than some chili beers I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MunBro (616) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Aroma is of sharp ginger. Pours a clear off-white (my dad is arguing yellow but itís not), extremely carbonated with no head. This is basically a ginger soda with alcohol added, sugary taste included. No beer qualities whatsoever. Yuck.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CraftyDrinker (2) - BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
Ginger, Ginger and Ginger. The Aroma is barely existent, Appearance is like a softdrink that is pale yellow with haze. The amount of burn after the first sip is overwhelming, but as it mellows it reveals a much smoother sweeter drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3011) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Like a ginger soda, it's really spicy to the tongue. Light color but it's you hard, with pepper noted and alcoholic pinch ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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