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Ginger & Juice - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ginger & Juice combines pureed ginger, grapefruit juice and peel, buckwheat and a secret proprietary hop strain to create an intriguingly spiced and hopped lager. Aromas of citrus, melon, and ginger balance a firm bitterness. Uses locally grown buckwheat from MA. Lay back, sip on Ginger & Juice.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 07-26-2012)
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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Picked up at the brewery today.

A- Clear yellow body poured into a pint glass. A white head forms to a finger in size with lackluster retention. Small foamy ring and a tiny amount of lace.

S- Definitely ginger and orange peel up front but not much else. Hard to get much more.

T- Spicy ginger bomb but still very smooth, fairly impressive. Orange peel and citrus are a close second as well as pine, herbal and spicy grassy hops.

MF- Lighter end body with nice moderate high carbonation. Creamy feel and spicy bitter feel on the palate.

The ginger use is strong but works well and tastes nice. Jack strikes again.

cbutova, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Bottled July 2012. Very fresh.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Huge fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving a very nice patchwork of lacing everywhere.

S: Loads of grapefruit and ginger. Some wheat follows. Some nice hop bite that's hard to place - mainly pine I would say. Touch of black pepper I would say.

T: Yup, lots of bittersweet grapefruit and pine. Ginger is not overwhelming but a nice presence throughout. Wheaty grain with some biscuity malt to boot.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit drying from the bitterness in the aftertaste. Surprisingly full bodied for only 6% ABV. Crisp.

O: A hoppy spiced grapefruit lager with some wheat and ginger. Only Jack's Abby could make this work - and they do. I don't think they know how to make bad beers. They should try, I wonder if they can do it. They could make a garbage barrel-aged rotten pumpkin imperial sunscreen pale ale and somehow it would still be good.

Dope, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +4.7%

IrishColonial, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

Gold with a big, puffed up white head. Large dollop of foam sits in the middle of my glass throughout the whole session and leaves clumps of lace strung top to bottom.

Melon and ginger spice aroma. Tastes like melon and ginger too. Fresh like cucumber and a little reminiscent of Thai food. Or floral like rosewater. Grapefruit citrus in back. Mild but not lacking bitter. Dry, malty base.

Different but I really enjoyed it. Bottle label mentions a proprietary hop strain which I'm guessing is Calypso. Rising Tide Zephyr has a similar melon flavor and aroma and that used Calypso. Hooray Calypso.

donkeyrunner, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Davepoolesque, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kaelingirl, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours medium gold with a decent white head and a 1/4 inch retention. No lace.

Ginger notes and grapefruit rind in the nose.

What a surprisingly refreshing beer. Ginger and grapefruit/citric rind notes up front, with strong bitterness following the malt. The grain works well for this one, and all of the variables are balanced and of the right strength.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A surprise winner. I thought the ginger would kill this, but instead it adds a great element. worth trying for sure.

OtherShoe2, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hoppymcgee, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

16oz bottle
Unmarked tulip

A: Somewhat hazy golden, yellow orange color. Tons of fluffy bright head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Grassy malt grain aromas. Some grapefruit hops, but not on an IPA level. You do pull some of that grapefruit note too.

T: Some fruity hop bitterness up front, muted with the sushi I and eating. You do get some of that grapefruit forwardness they mention. Dry finish. Tasty.

M: Light leading to medium bodied.

inlimbo77, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Ginger & Juice pours a slightly cloudy honey yellow with a massive, fizzy head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of ginger, grapefruit, lemon zest and bread.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with spices and some bitterness. The ginger flavor is found throughout each sip. Grapefruit citrus and lemon rind are balanced by light fruit and sweet malt. It finishes mildly bitter with some grassy hop notes. Once gone the ginger and sweet malt lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty beer where the ginger doesn't over power the flavor. Very well balanced.

WanderingFool, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

waiting4lunch, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +4.7%

500ml bottle from July bottling.

Pours light gold with a mild haze. A few whisps on the surface and some stringy lacing for the duration.

Aromatics are an interesting blend of ginger, grapefruit, and tropical fruit. Hints of juniper and pine follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Ginger, pine, grapefruit, and spicy hops start the palate. The ginger tastes fresh and is not overdone. A nice dose of grapefruit and hops adds more punch. Bitterness is firm but not overpowering.

Finishes crisp and light with zingy ginger, zesty hops and grapefruit.

One of the best ginger beers I've had. Very refreshing and would be a terrific match for Thai food.

brewandbbq, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

500ml bottle poured into pint glass. This is pretty much their 1 year anniversary beer which was last week, just hit stores this week. Bottle says July 2012. (Review #200!)

A- Pours a translucent light orange gold with a 2-3 finger very thick bubbly head that has excellent retention. Lots of small rising carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, definitely more then your average beer. Thick layered lacing.

S- Grapefruits, ginger, hops, melons, cantaloupe, slightly wheaty and grassy in the background. Slightly above average aroma strength. I definitely enjoyed the smell on this one, it has a nice juicy grapefruit smell without being overly hoppy balanced nicely with the ginger.

T- Grapefruit, light melon, some wheat and light hops, with a bitter gingery finish and a lingering aftertaste of grapefruit juice, spices, hops, and a little bit of ginger. A tiny bit too much ginger on the finish, but other then that everything was nicely balanced.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, very easy to drink, almost goes down like juice. Slightly above average carbonation, but fits well with bringing out the ginger and other flavors of the beer.

O- I thought this was a very nice offering from Jack's Abby. It was full of nicely balanced flavor and was a pretty unique beer that was definitely easy to drink. At $3/.5 liter I will definitely be buying this again. I think it's definitely right up there with Hoponius Union.

jaasen64, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.4/5  rDev -11%

16.9 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Pale straw in color with shades of dull copper. Dense, thick foam of a head with very stable retention that leaves an intact, half wall of condensed lacing. Active carbonation, noticeable sediment.

Slightly tart grapefruit, green apple, and orange aroma. Notes of ginger, pepper or clove, over a pretty bland, slightly astringent must.

The ginger and grapefruit qualities come through initially, but quickly fade to a wall of stiff, somewhat clean grains. The grains are joined by some very spicy floral hops and a touch of must prior to a dry finish. Mild lemon and grapefruit return in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; active on the palate. For the most part, a pretty clean texture; however, once the dry finish hits, so does some film on the palate.

Some pretty intense flavors going on for a spiced lager. Unfortunately, the flavors are pretty conflicting and out of balance which make for a few flavor flaws. Not a boring offering in the least, but I would much rather try one of Jack's Abby's other offerings.

NEhophead, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

trevorpost, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Rekrule, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

DRBiser, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Resuin, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ms11781, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Bilco, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer pours a hazy opaque orange body with a fluffy white head.

Nose floats back and forth between ginger and traditional IPA type smells of citrus and fresh malt.

Taste immediately hits you with a ginger touch, but not over the top at all. The ginger definitely gives it a nice little spice touch, and actually almost reminds you of a winter holiday beer at first. Medium bodied and very chewy and smooth. Lots of citrus, but not any strong defined flavors. More of just a "juice" mix of flavors. The ginger really balnaces and plays well, but helps almost not define the flavors. Bitterness is present, but not over the top at all. This is just a really well balanced beer, and at the same time it's big and quaffable. Ends with a very nice lingering ginger and bitterness, but doesn't kill the pallete.

This is really a nice beer. I wasn't crazy about it when I first tried it at the brewery, but maybe my taste buds were off. A day later out of a growler it is superb!! It's just hobby enough with enough malt to be a straight up type pale ale/ipa (well lager), but the ginger doesn't overpower and adds a beutiful balance. What a really good beer.

taez555, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +4.7%

shehateme, Jan 26, 2013
Ginger & Juice from Jack's Abby Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.