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Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale - Fullsteam Brewery

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Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale AleCack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 170
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,121 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of juicebox
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of tastybeer
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of bexley10
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dailyminefield
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TheOriginal
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannned 6/22/15

Pours a chill-hazed straw/honey color with 3+ fingers of eggshell rocky colored head. Stays effervescent, good head retention & lacing

S: Ginger, breadyness

T: Ginger, pears & herbal hops up front, plus dryness. Traces of aspirin bitterness, plus more ginger & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fairly crisp with much ginger & a little aspirin bitterness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, alright balance

Drinks easy, but doesn't really deliver that well on taste; the can art is the best part of this beer (538 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Renegawam
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mbmiche
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beardsonbrews
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of SFNC
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (857 characters)

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Cack-a-lacky Ginger Pale Ale from Fullsteam Brewery
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