Samuel Adams Traditional Ginger Honey Ale

 
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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is an authentic brew that can be traced back to the ginger brews of the late 1700s. In fact, records show that Thomas Jefferson and his wife brewed 15 gallons of ginger beer with fresh lemons and honey every two weeks for daily consumption. Following that tradition, Samuel Adams Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is a highly effervescent beer that is brewed with authentic ingredients from the colonial era, such as fresh ginger puree, lemon peel and wildflower honey. Pale golden in color, the brew has a subtle maltiness with a floral, sweet honey finish. The sweetness of the Traditional Ginger Honey Ale is the perfect partner for sweet and spicy foods alike. We recommend pairing it with a glazed honey ham, Chinese spareribs, or baklava.

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3.4
FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Best by date October 2006, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a hazy straw gold color and a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, cream colored head. The aroma has a spicy kick of ginger up front, and in fact it is the dominant note in the aroma, always noticeable, but not overpowering. A light citrus note compliments the ginger and a toasty grain note rounds out the finish. The ginger note has both that bright, spicy note characteristic of ginger as well as a bit of a root-like note.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, in fact the lack of bitterness in this beer accentuates the naturally occurring, light malt sweetness. This beer is quite light on the palate, and when combined with the spicy notes, makes for quite the refreshing beer. I am a sucker for micro brew style Ginger-Ale of the non-alcoholic variety, and this beer reminds me strongly of that. Spicy ginger notes, nectar like honey notes and a light citrus component all combine to create a beer created for lazy, hot summer days. This almost seems too much like a non-alcoholic Ginger-Ale, but I suppose that is partially the point. Simplistic, and refreshing, I am definitely enjoying it.

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2.5
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Bottle sampled with the Mad Indian. Pours copper\golden with a small white head. Aroma of lemon, spices, yeast, and citrus. Flavor is citrus, yeast, spices, lemon, a little soapy tasting also. Thin body, unimpressive brew.

4.4
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4 pack was given to me as a gift...sam adams has done a nice job with this brew. It pours a luminescent gold color with a small white head. I find it to be a really refreshing beer. There is an excellent balance of all flavors very subtley hinting the brew.

2.9
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Smells sweet and ginger-y. Murky yellow body with thin-to-non-existent head. tastes slightly sweet, thin, and watered down with ginger and honey. It’s okay, but a little thin and not as sweet as it could be. It was definitely worth trying though. Again, points for historical interest and originality...

3.5
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with white head. Nice sweet ginger and lemon peel aroma, almost like an herbal cough drop. The flavor is a nicely balanced blend between honey, ginger, and lemon zest. Earthy, tangy, and slightly acidic finish. This is not too bad.

3.4
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Hazy, rich gold color with a thin, white head. Huge ginger and honey nose, a nice medicinal/herbal quality that lessens after it sits and the lemon balm aroma comes to the fore. All of the aroma components are in the flavor profile with the addition of a grainy, malty character towards the end of the profile that lets you know you are drinking beer and not one of the alco-pops (Smirnoff, Mikes, et all)

3.7
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours gold and hazy with a big white creamy head. Smells pleasant with ginger, lemons, honey, more underlying fresh ginger and sweet malt. Tastes of ginger, honey and grass with some sweet malty elements. Light and drinkable. Thankfully this does not drink like ginger ale.

2.9
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz bottle pours bright amber and fairly clear with a fair offwhite head that stayed pretty well. Aromas of ginger, lemon peel, and some yeast. flavor is ginger, lots of honey, a touch of yeast and a little lemon. Palate is light and airy and somewhat refreshing.. This really wasn’t too bad and could be enjoyed in the summer as a refresher.

2.3
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
While this is trash as well it is not near as bad as the mouthwash, minty garbage that is the 1790 root beer or whatever its called. This one is yellow, very light in color. Has a hint of ginger and becomes overly sweet. Not very good really. If theres any Sam Adams you want to try then steer away from this one and find another one. I think it could be refreshing if enjoyed in the right conditions. After coming off the 1790 though, piss would taste good to me. I like the experimental aspect of these beers though, so I give BBC credit for that.

3.7
beerbomb (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2006
From the Brewer Patriot 4pk. Pour nice slightly cloudy yellow/tan with decent white head. Aroma is of very mellow ginger with sweet lemon and a little breadiness. Flavor is surprisingly full and sweet with an initial ginger honey mix leading to sweet/tart lemony ginger fading to a little bitter/breadiness. Considering other honey and/or ginger flavored beers, this is quite good and isnt bad in its own. Plus, it gets historical appreciation points.


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