Refreshingly ginger-spiced moderation (in a can) works sweet ‘n’ sour honey into mild hop bittering and herbal restraint. Dry ginger influence gains momentum over zesty lemon prickle and lemon rot spoilage. Minty fern, rosemary and lemongrass illusions add recessive pleasure.
In bottle: herbal ginger spell outdoes sweet gingerbread spicing and sharp cinnamon stick respite to honeyed Graham Cracker spine. Light lemondrop whim adds mild sourness but stylish brown sugaring lacks. On tap at Doherty’s, pleasant lemony ‘ginger ale’ retains sessionable simplicity. Soft spiced hops allow ginger-leafed cinnamon and clove accents to spread across pasty Munich malting, but thin mouthfeel precludes advertised gingerbread splendor.
United Kingdom’s #1 selling ginger beer better defined as a malt beverage (lacking grain base). Summery refreshment derived from minty ginger leaf herbage avoids nastily cloying nature of its ilk. Light, bubbly effervescence prickles the tongue as honey-dipped backdrop picks up slight peppermint throat burn. Try with a lemon or lime slice to add fruity zest.
Snappy dry ginger ale theme addles pale-bodied golden-hazed moderation. Mild mandarin orange peel bittering, persistent kaffir lime tartness, and tangy lemon zest counteract fizzy ginger sweetness. Oncoming eucalyptus freshness seeps into overwhelming citric souring and cloying white-sugared soda-like rue. Loses some carbolic champagne-like sparkle after initial thrust.
Extremely dry copper-clouded Belgian-styled white ale dangles eucalyptus nose and obligatory ginger essence over tart lemon pith, coriander cusp, peppermint coquetry, and cracked wheat backbone. Generous gingerbread frequency and accentual orange-nectarine twang enliven animated sodium carbonation. For experimental tastes or as hangover cure (since ginger settles the stomach).
Robust chameleon-like amber pilsner with muted dry ginger root flavoring changes mood at whim. Incisive juniper hop bittering may overwhelm lighter tastes, but creamy clover-honeyed rye whiskey malting, cinnamon-toasted apple jacking, abbreviated blueberry nosing, and ashen coal swerve surely widen range. Spearmint-evergreen waver is contestable. Brewery defunct: 2010.