Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Big City Brewing (Kingston, Jamaica)

Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Big City Brewing Company, 5% ABV, 330ml., (Kingston, Jamaica)


info from ratebeer.com

“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.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Jamaican ginger, cane sugar, rum)
  • Taste: Cane sugary sweet BIG throat heat-warmth soft ginger
  • Where I got it : ??? / Vancouver
  • How much: ~$4 CAD – 330ml., ???
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Cheap label. Pours pale straw white wine yellow with no head and barely any carbonation.

Nose: ginger beer soda – cane sugar and ginger overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: light syrupy thicker, low CO2

Mid-palate: big (lvl-9-sweetness), med-high throat HEAT, mellow ginger flavour, cane sugar

Finish: lingering throat warmth, subtle diluted rum caramels

Summary: This drinks like an aggressively sweetened cooler but at least there’s the big ginger throat heat that keeps it interesting texturally. The barley malt is nowhere in sight.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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)

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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.

Ginger Beard – Wychwood Brewery (Witney, England)

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Ginger Beard – Wychwood Brewery, 4.2% ABV, 500ml, (Witney, England)

printed on the back label:

“A traditionally crafted beer infused with fiery root ginger to deliver a refreshing, spicy finish with a lot of bite.”

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  • Style: (ginger) flavoured ale
  • Taste: ginger syrup light mold
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $3.50 – 500ml., sometime in 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: heck no

Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with minimal head, a thin layer of ringed retention, micro bubbles, lots of fast clustered streams.

Nose: bursting bright sweetened ginger beer soda, malts mixed in. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: ginger syrup, immediate (8/10)-lvl sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) candied ginger

Finish: veggie mold exhale, light ginger throat warmth

Summary: This is like drinking ginger syrup with alcohol, not good at all. It hardly resembles a beer nor a ginger beer soda. The only redeeming feature is the authentic ginger burn at the finish.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #4 – Ginger Beer

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #4

Ginger Beer – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“With more ginger than Gilligan can handle, some might be surprised at the instant blast of flavour and aroma from this true ginger beer, but that doesn’t take away from it’s sheer quaffability… And it’s killer with sushi.”

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  • Style: (ginger) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Real ginger light toffee malt thin-bodied ginger burn
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear copper light brown with a dissipating small fizzy head, a very thin ringed retention, several slow-steady singular streams.

Nose: real ginger/sushi ginger, light toffee malts. Fragrant. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: ginger root numbness, light fizzy

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) fresh ginger root, light toffee malt

Finish: medium intensifying ginger burn, thin-watery mouthfeel, long dry ginger burn finish.

Summary: Good real ginger flavour but that’s about it; no body, depth, texture, or complexity to back it up.

Organic Ginger Beer – Nelson Brewing Co (Nelson, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-], unrated on Ratebeer.com

Organic Ginger Beer – Nelson Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 355.mcl., (Nelson, BC, Canada)

Ingredients: Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Honey, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Hops, yeast.

  • Style: (Ginger, Lemongrass) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: *fishy* ginger lemongrass sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $11.50 – 6 x 355ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Comes in a 6pack aluminum cans; welcome to the all organic revolution. Pours clear golden orange with a very small micro bubbly head, thin ringed retention, almost no lacing, several clusters of moderate speed streams.

Nose: real ginger and lemongrass, mixed with light barley malt, almost fishy (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) ginger, lemongrass, sweet liquid barley malt,

Finish: very mild ginger burn, super soft bitter hops, thin barley malt lingering hopped finish.

Summary: It has the ginger as advertised but it’s not particularly impressive or memorable. In fact, 6 of these would be rather boring. A meal beer, at best.

Penpont Ginger Beer (UK)

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Ginger Beer – Penpont, 4.2% ABV – 500ml, (Altarnun, Cornwall, UK)

On the back label:

“Our alcoholic ginger beer is a traditionally made, fiery refreshing take on this drink.”

  • Style: Ginger Beer
  • My Rating: D
  • Taste Profile: Artificial sweetner/rough mouthfeel -> spicy ginger/lemongrass -> rough mouthwash-like spicy/mint finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, November 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Tasting notes: pours clear light copper brown with no head, no retention, and almost no activity – very uninviting. Authentic and somewhat candied ginger on the nose. Drinks with a kind of disgusting aspartame/sucralose (artificial sweetener) 5/10-sweetness up front, very rough mouthfeel, transitioning into a med-spicy ginger, partial lemongrass, finishing with a mouthwash like minty-burn and artificial sweetnener roughness on the tongue and mouth. Low complexity, low depth, okay transitions, no good carry, awful drinkability. Stay clear of this one – not total crap, but still crappy nonetheless.