Rye Ginger Ale – Big Rock Brewery, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)
On the side label:
“Uniting the earthy presence of Rye Malt with the zest of pure Ginger. Mildly hopped, at 5% this copper elixir is a lively twist on two diverse flavours that will soothe the soul and put a spring in your step.
- My Rating: C-
- Why I don’t love it: watery body, lacks carry and not much ginger punch
- Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
- How much: $2.70 (after 10%), singles (from 6pack), June 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no
Tasting notes: pours clear golden copper yellow, minimal head with ringed retention, thin micro CO2, a few slow-moving CO2 streams. Not much aromatics going on in the nose. Fizzy cream soda up front, transitions into bread, yeast, mids kick in with a mild tingly pepperiness, and ends with a watery mouthfeel and light malted caramel. Ginger flavour is very dampened and lifeless; no kick from it at all. Low-medium complexity, low-medium carry, okay transitions, below average carry, okay drinkability. Not a crap beer but none of the expected spicy punch.
Pangaea – Dogfish Head, 7% ABV, (Milton, Delaware)
On the side label:
“Pangaea is the name of the super continent. Before the land masses separated we were all just one happy family. Our Pangaea has a hint of ginger and great complexity, celebrating our communal history. Best drunk cool not cold from a snifter or wine glass. Think globally. Drink globally. Ages with the best of ‘em.”
Urbock 23 – Schloss Eggenberg, 9.6% ABV, (Austria) (listed in the “1001 Beers you must try before you die”)
- My Rating: B+
- Why I like it: ginger, fruity, and balanced
- Where I got it: W. 16th, in 2010
- How much: $24, 1 pint 9.6 fl. oz.
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
- Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes
Tasting Notes: pours semi-dark orange, small quickly dissipating head, minor ringed retention, micro CO2, slow-moving runny lacing, slow-moving CO2 streams. Lightly malted ginger, a bit of orange. Half-sharp CO2 tingly & creamy start, candied ginger in the mid, minimal ginger burn, deep 3/10 bitterness near the end, off-dry clean finish. Notes of bitter orange peel, pink grapefruit, and honey. Medium-high complexity, medium-depth, long finish, excellent balance, great transitions, good carry. An exceptionally balanced and nuanced ginger beer.