Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Melville’s Ginger Beer – Innis & Gunn, 4.1% ABV, 275 ml., (Edinburgh, Scotland)

on the back label:

We have captured the mouth-watering flavours of natural ginger by blending real stem ginger with our craft-brew lager. The resulting beer is deep, spicy and really packs a punch! Purity of flavour is so important to us we never use juice from concentrate.”

  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Cane sugar cloying palate rough plain ginger light-medium burn
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $11 CAD (after 10% off) – 275 ml. x 4, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours copper orange with a bit of fizz and no head, very thin ring, scatter very loose slow streams.

Nose: cane sugared ginger, slight musky. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, incoming artificial sweetener like roughness

Mid-palate: ginger root, light tangy (lvl-6-sweetness), liquid cane sugar

Finish: light-medium ginger heat, ginger rooty exhale mixed with light barley malt

Summary: Not much beer in the ginger beer, mostly sugary liquid sweet cane with ginger overtones. There’s a compounding cloying artificial sweetener-like palate roughness after every sip. Average. I’ve had plenty of non-alcoholic ginger beers with more fiery punch than this.

Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale – Northwest Brewing Co. (Pacific, Washington, USA)


Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale – Northwest Brewing Company, 5% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Pacific, Washington, USA)

“Beer brewed with ginger, galangal and orange peel

on the front-left label:

“This lushly flavored pale ale is brewed with ginger, galangal and orange peel in addition to premium malts, Saaz hops, and our house ale yeast. The aromatic spices combine to create a perfect accompaniment to Asian Pacific cuisine. Close your eyes and let the captivating flavors transport you.”

  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, galangal, orange peel) Flavoured Pale Ale / Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Prominent ginger root peppery orange oil barley malt ginger heat
  • Where I got it : Uwajimaya / Seattle
  • How much: $5.50 USD ($7 CAD) – 22 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours copper orange with barley any head, thin ringed retention with small islands, small clusters of fast streams.

Nose: mostly ginger, toasted bread. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), orange oils, peppery, ginger root earthy, light toasted barley malts

Finish: off-dry background hops, soft ginger throat heat, barley malty exhale, a touch more orange oil.

Summary: It certainly delivers in the ginger-galangal spicy department, and the orange peel helps round it out. Overall it’s substantially better than the handful of other ginger brews I’ve tried in the past. Decent, but has thin, mildly rough finish.

Hollows & Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Brew – Thomas Hardy Brewing (UK)


  • My Rating: [B]

Hollows & Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Brew – Thomas Hardy Brewing, 4% ABV, 500ml, (UK)

-Is it categorically a beer? Let’s call it that since historically it was named so since the 20th century.

Ingredients: fermented ginger root extract, carbonated water, sugar, pear juice, sweet orange extract, citric acid, yeast.


  • Style: (ginger, pear juice, orange extract) Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Sweet cane sugar pear juice pressed ginger mild burn
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.35 CAD – 500ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to at parties: for ginger ale/beer/soda lovers

Visual: Pours cloudy pale yellow-orange with a decent-sized dissipating foamy head, thin ringed retention, lots of steady small streams.

Nose: pungent pressed ginger. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp-fizzy

Mid-palate: pear juice, cane sugar, (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium ginger bite

Finish: a tad cloying, mild ginger throat burn, ginger rootiness, residual sweet finish.

Summary: Very crisp and refreshing with authentic ginger taste and burn. Decent body and depth. I didn’t know ginger and pear went so well together, I’ll have to try it a homemade ginger ale sometime (non-fermented).

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew – Kiuchi Brewery (Ibaraki, Japan)


Rating: C+

Price: $5.79, Uwajimaya, 11.2 fl.oz., 8%ABV

Visual: pours cloudy copper brown with a quickly dissipating v.small head, ringed retention, a few scattered micro streams.

Nose: very faint caramel malts. (lvl-1)-pungency

Attack: crisp malty, incoming ginger dryness

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, ginger root

Finish: ginger root bitterness, gentle hoppy bitterness, brown sugar malty sweet finish.

Summary: Identifiable ginger in the brew as advertised, a decent mix of sweet malty and rooty bitter. Not terribly spicy though which would’ve made it better.