Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale - Fullsteam Brewery
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3.56/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from can into pint glass. Date of review is 3/26/14. Date on bottom of the can is 2/12/14.
Appearance- Burnt yellow and very transparent. Half a finger of snow white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is present, but not overly impressive. '
Smell- Ginger is in your face and very present. I cook a lot with fresh ginger, and this beer smells EXACTLY like it. I also get smoked salt and soy sauce.
Taste- Ginger, hops and vanilla are the dominant flavors. This beer, by itself, is not out-of-this-world, but with some gingerbread cake or pumpkin pie, it would blow my mind.
Mouthfeel- No generic fake ginger in this beer. This is the real deal with real ginger that burns the tongue and throat in a good way. Spicy and thick with great aftertaste.
Overall- I love ginger and X-mas and all things spicy. So for me, this beer is really good, but I could see how someone might think it is overpowering. I would not trade for this beer or maybe even buy it anytime other than the holiday season, but it is unique and good.
03-27-2014 00:24:53 | More by frenchblood21
3.51/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).
Clear medium amber with a decent head that leaves little lacing.
Feel: Medium-light body with near medium carbonation; seems too thin.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with faint malts.
Flavor: hops, floral and herbal, with well proportioned spicy notes from the rye.
O: a good version of style, but not quite up to New Belgium's standard.
07-26-2014 21:01:32 | More by chinchill
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
Extremely clear gold colored brew. Head is a nice white wet-foamy looking topping. Aroma has a nice gingery underbelly with clean malt. Herbal and zesty as well. Taste is lightly sweet balanced by peppery ginger. Some grassy hop, a little bit of pine. Could use more substance by way of a bigger malt backbone and more hops to balance that. Seems like a pale ale spliced with a lager, but as is the ginger works very well. I'd like to see ginger in beers more often. Similarly on a side note I would like to see spicy peppers in beer more often. I think both add a a very nice touch when used right. Mouthfeel is a ok and easy to consume.
02-12-2014 02:03:29 | More by tastybeer
3.69/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a fresh 10-day-old can into a pint glass.
Big foamy white head with excellent lacing. Beer is clear and lots of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Really fantastic appearance.
Smell is sweet malts and ginger with a little earth hops penetrating through. Taste is sweet malt and ginger on the back of the tongue. Light on the hops. More Zippy than Hoppy I think.
Overall the malt and the ginger shine in this one. I enjoy this beer although I could see how some could not.
02-23-2014 19:00:42 | More by TheOriginal
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
Crystal clear copper-tinted gold with a decent head of white foam that shrinks to a fine covering. Smells deeply of ginger, herbs, and wood with and overlying oily quality and warm, toasty malts. The ginger takes a welcome step back in the flavor allowing the malts to step up a bit resulting in a ginger snap cookie quality braced with a substantial peppery, piney hop bitterness. Very nice crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Not really my thing, but certainly worth a try, especially if you like ginger.
02-08-2014 03:57:21 | More by wedge
3.61/5 rDev +5.6%
12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass
A - It is amber with golden highlights and a slight haze. This beer is capped with two inches of beige head.
S - The aroma is ginger and caramel malt with a little floral hops.
T - The ginger is more prominent in the taste, as is the hops in the finish.
M - Medium
O - This would probably pair well with sushi.
04-25-2014 01:23:27 | More by buschbeer
4.25/5 rDev +24.3%
Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Canned on 05/07/14.
A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Frothy, semi-resilient lacing.
S- The sweet cereal grain malt fuses together with the ginger to create a unique aroma pairing that's very enjoyable. The ginger fume and hop fume work uncannily well together.
T- Same thing happens in the flavor as the bready, slightly sweet malt and herbal hop bitterness works as a solid template for the mild ginger to play off of. Incredibly drinkable while still obviously being interesting all the way through.
M- Tingly and vibrant from the hops and ginger. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.
O- Why no one thought to do this sooner is beyond me. What's also beyond me is the appallingly low BA score for this beer. If you're a fan of ginger, do yourself a favor and pick this up if possible. An excellent session beer that pairs well with sushi.
06-18-2014 02:18:27 | More by Immortale25
3.66/5 rDev +7%
On draft at the brewery, this one pours a bright, golden yellow color, and a generous pour leaves only a little space for a minimal ring of head. The aroma is faint but clean, with a pale, grassy hop character and only a little bit of the ginger wafting through. The flavor is likewise restrained, with some woodsy, peppery hops dominating the sweet malts without being overly assertive. The ginger again only accents these flavors, compounding with the peppery hop character to give a bit of extra spice. The beer has a nice, light carbonation and is a bit dry in the finish. Overall, this beer is pleasant and drinkable, and although I can appreciate the restraint in the use of ginger to keep the beer from becoming a spicy novelty, the restrained use also keeps it a bit mundane.
07-12-2013 13:13:45 | More by devilben02
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured into a Teku Glass
Looks like your average pale ale, with a nice gold/straw color. Nice lacing and carbonation.
Smell is interesting.... ginger out front, a little bit of herbal hop aroma, and a hint of just general honey like sweetness.
Taste just isn't really doing it for me, and really, its all about the ginger. It starts out a bit like a winter warmer, but then there's none of that roasted malt backbone to call back on. The ginger/hop/light malt combination just isn't working for me.
Mouthfeel is a little too slick IMO. A little heavier carb might help this beer out.
Overall, i'm conflicted. This beer advertises itself as a ginger beer, so in that sense it delivers. Ginger is, by far, the foremost flavor note here. It just doesn't integrate itself well the other components in the beer IMO. I'm not a huge ginger fan to start with, but it can be enjoyable in certain beers when it's used in conjunction with a heavier, roastier malt profile. This just wan't doing it for me. Hopefully they will can fullsteam lager soon, cause i'm still not sure why they picked this beer to can before than one.
02-02-2014 19:01:24 | More by mechamifune
4.26/5 rDev +24.6%
Love me some ginger so of course I enjoy this beer. I can see how many people would like it to be lighter on the ginger. So many times though we buy a beer and its got a mere hint of what we bought the beer to taste. This pale ale is bold. Enough yeast and caramel malt to induce a ginger-bread effect. The ginger does get in the way of the initial hop character, then gives way to to a pronounced hop finish. Not integrated, but dynamic, and the ginger is at home with other flavors.
05-05-2014 21:06:32 | More by Mattsnurt42
Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale from Fullsteam Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.