Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale - Fullsteam Brewery

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: devilben02 on 07-12-2013

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheOriginal
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of SFNC
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I've seen this on the shelves locally for some time, I've finally taken the plunge. Fullsteam in Durham, NC is a fun brewery that takes some interesting chances and is really a good family hangout.

Pours mellow yellow with a haze. Nice white head receds quickly with minimal lacing. I poured this one very cold after some yardwork.

Smells like a Budweiser with a hint of ginger.

Taste is like the nose. Very disappointing. Grainy with a sour hop bitterness. The ginger is present, but not upfront. As this warmed, the ginger got a little more noticable. Not great, but rather plain.

Mouthfeel was negligible. Decent carbonation, not realy much presence.

Overall, not what I had expected. I've had other Fullsteam beers that were much more enjoyable. I could see pounding a few on a hot summer day, but I doubt I would ever by this one again.

Photo of Keene
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent, brilliant deep gold color from the can with sticky lacing that clings to the walls of the glass. Lively aromas of sweet, bright, spicy ginger dominate, wafting over the lip of the tumbler. Well carbonated and medium bodied, this beer crackles with character. Pale malts try to peek out from behind the ginger but this one's all about the root. Finishes with a flicker of herbal bitterness. Not for everybody, but an original, refreshing, and highly drinkable Pale Ale nonetheless.

Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of devilben02
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jman42
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh. didn't works for me. Don't try again

Photo of mechamifune
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex and Beth for this one!

This one pours a slightly hazy washed-out copper brown with a frothy head that stuck around.

There's an enticing blend of ginger and fruit in the nose that works really well. I'm surprised this isn't attempted more often. However, the blend doesn't come together as well as one could hope, as a dry dirty wood sneaks in on the back end, roughing this one up a bit.

Tastes fruity and big, the ginger rounding the initial impression off suggesting fruit punch, but again, a dry shock of woody hops crushes the fruity goodness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is bold, enticing, and clean with a distant carbonation that fades in and out. Finishes super clean and dry. This seems to work especially well with the flavors at hand.

I think this was a great attempt, but the hop-profile needs to be tweaked. I think they could be on to something here.

Photo of Mattsnurt42
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orangish-amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of small patches of larger bubbles along with a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of fresh ginger along with lighter notes of herbal + grassy hops. There is a light amount of caramel malt underneath.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness that quickly overtaken by just heavier than moderate amounts of fresh spicy ginger. There are also light hints of herbal + grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: As someone that enjoys fresh ginger, this beer really hit the spot and was quite refreshing. The beer has a really nice mouthfeel and is enjoyable but only for people that enjoy the taste of ginger.

Photo of Mattyb79
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This may be one of the worst beers I've ever tasted! Three drinks and drain pour. The ginger flavor on the finish is completely overpowering and not at all pleasant or well integrated.

Photo of Keith27614
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very clean and refreshing with a hint of ginger

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel coloring, slightly hazed, with a fluffy, bright white head that clings a bit, and eventually settles into a filmy surface coating. Nose of ginger spices heavily forward, with peppery and citrus hops, hints of honey, and a biscuit backbone. Interesting. Flavors are roasted forward, with a heavy ginger spice in the backbone, as well as more of the sweet, rich ginger characteristics, blended with a caramel ribbon. With the biscuit and toasty backbone, the beer brings in an almost gingerbread palate. Different characteristics in the flavor profiles, on a smooth, mid-bodied feel. The aftertaste is slightly sweet, leaning more towards the caramel characteristics, with a spiced linger, smooth finish. Interesting brew.

Photo of avalon07
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A strange aroma (as you would expect) of hops, ginger, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, the advertised ginger, and an herbal quality as well. There is a harshness to the flavor here. It's an odd combination of flavors that has medicinal traits.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Fullsteam definitely has some good beers, but this one seems more like an experiment than anything else.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the American pale ale has become the playground on which the emboldened brewer tramples about with imagination, exploration, and risk; the Fullstream guys borrow the notions of "ginger ale" and give in a whole new meaning- a meaning that fits into today's craft beer climate.

Glowing with copper and gold, the common appearance to pale ale shares its spicy secrets early on the nose. Even as its caramelly undertow delivers a moderate malty-sweet base that's filled with graham cracker and angel food, the beer's ginger infusion takes the lead early and often.

With the caramels holding tight, the herbal and spicy waft is of growing pepper, ginger and tea-like herbs. Even a tangy lemon, woody and winy spins about to give the beer a taste of sassafrass and hot-toddies.

Deep in its taste, the sweetness slowly dissolves and carries with it much of the ale's body and balance which leaves the finish spicy, warm, peppery and with the familiar grapefruit and piney bitterness that reinforces its pale ale roots.

A big congratulatory not goes to Fullstream because of the impeccable balance that allows the ginger spice to parade around but keeps the taste grounded in its pale ale efforts. It makes me want to know what a more ginger-forward taste would do, but it also makes me fear that the pale ale would get lost. This tells me that the beer does exactly what it's supposed to do.

Photo of Burgieburg
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh; incredibly smooth with a sweet ginger aftertaste. Overall great beer!

Photo of ChristinaLynn
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light ginger beer. Easy to drink.

Photo of DSnow85
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells great. Looks foggy with deep ambers. Strong back throat hit from the overkill of the hops (almost comes off like the hops were overcooked or its steeped with a large amount of a real earthy hop). The Ginger does a nice job of bringing this beer back to life. It has a nice way of mellowing out the beer. Without the ginger it would not be good in my opinion. The ginger saved it though and this beer lands at a solid 3 and makes its way to a 3.25 at a max.

Photo of BradShook
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste was oily and off. Not something I would try again.

Photo of tillmac62
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOD 9/23/14. Pours a clear amber just a few shades darker than golden with a light garnet hue. Excellent head volume, lacing and retention. Light nose of ginger, biscuit/caramel and herbal hops with a hint of spice. Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Slightly below average carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish. The nice flavor profile is intense, well balanced but ginger forward and somewhat complex. It begins with a ginger bite that flows into a ginger/hop bitterness. The bitterness has some rind characteristics. As the bitterness fades, a rich caramel and biscuit sweetness comes forward providing balance. The finish is a slow fade of sweet bitterness that ends with a ginger aftertaste. The main flaw is that the residual ginger tastes old rather than fresh.

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Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale from Fullsteam Brewery
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