Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer - Unity Vibration
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Reviews by sendsilk:
4.51/5 rDev +26.3%
Okay, I had this 'beer' at a tasting last summer. We had a bunch of high gravity beers and A LOT of different bottles. Some guy from MI was the and pulls out this bottle and I had no idea what to make of it. Io really enjoyed it so I actually sought out some people to help me get it and I finally did. Here's my review:
Take this "American Wild Ale" categorization with a grain of salt. I've had over 1500 different beers and this is about as individual as they come.
I'm not going to give you the usual L, S, T review since this is a different beast. This is fairly highly carbonated and looks like murky lemonade. Here's the kicker. This shit is REFRESHING as hell. The first time I tried a shandy, I thought it tasted like dog shit. Really terrible. This beer nails the crossover of a delicious tea/beer/malt liquor style of beverage. It's somewhat tart and sweet with the spice of the ginger really playing well with everything else. If the geniuses that had invented Zima had given it a refreshing, delicious tart/sweet combo like this beer represents, I would be happy taking a 12 pack to the beach and drinking it all day.
I LOVE this drink and if I could regularly find it, my fridge would never be without some of this in it. Try it with an open mind (and it helps if you've had a tasting with about a dozen different stouts) and this beer will really help break things up.
01-25-2013 01:12:05 | More by sendsilk
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3.06/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a light white (yep,....a light semi-clear white) with no head but for a small rim of white bubbles. Looks a bit like water with some fresh lemon squeezed in.
Nose is 100% pure assertive ginger - period. It even has that peppery spice ginger nose.
Mouthfeel is actually medium bodied fresh, citric with crisp bubbles and a spritzy carbonation.
Flavor profile - wow! This looks like water but the flavors just come on like gang-busters. What a surprise! This is a giant hit over the head with big super sweet, rich, ripe assertive ginger. This is "ginger ale" of the best kind. I have to confess that this does not taste like beer. It tastes like a really good, well made, very sweet ginger ale. It has big ginger spice and a bold pepper character. There is a hint of "sweet/sour" in the flavors. You'd give this to your kids if you didn't know better.
This is all big bold sweet ginger soda. I love it - but as a sweet soda, not a beer. I believe that it's supposed to be a sour wild ale - it misses a bit, except for the finish where there is a slight light sour finish. I get zero hop character whatsoever in nose or flavor profile
Finish is big, spicy ginger candy and spice, again with just a hint of sour.
Conclusion: You like sweet ginger ale - this is for you.
You want a ginger "toned" beer that "shows" the hops that's supposed to in this one - perhaps this is not for you.
I'd give it a 5 for a ginger ale soda. However, as an "American Wild Ale" I'm not so sure that it hit its mark. More soda than beer, despite the fact that I like it. Judging is going to be tuff for this one.
06-19-2013 05:20:48 | More by GRG1313
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light lemon yellow with a little bit of carbonation bubbling, but no head in the traditional sense. Looks a lot like carbonated lemonade. Pungent aroma of ginger and citrus tartness; a little acidic. Flavor is very tart citrus, mostly lemon, lactic acid, ginger and a hint of tea. Finishes tart with some wild yeast. Light bodied with nice active carbonation giving a decent mouth feel. As I poured and smelled this, I was going to protest the "American wild ale" categorization, but after tasting it, I have to say there is overlap between this and sour wild ales. This is most reminiscent of a carbonated, sour ginger lemonade, but with hints of lactic acid and wild yeast (I see from quick research that Brettanomyces can be part of kombucha culture, so the overlap with wild ales is pretty solid). That being said, this tastes less like beer than any brew I've had. Very refreshing, interesting, and unusual. Sadly, I'm not a sour ale fan and while fun to drink, the tartness was bit over the top for me after half a glass. Credit for it delivering what it promises.
02-16-2013 04:38:59 | More by LiquidAmber
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired at the local Binny's as part of a mixed four pack with the Unity Vibration Triple-Goddess Raspberry Kombucha Beer. My third kombucha beer from Unity Vibration.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a pale murky straw yellow colored body with absolutely no head. Sits still in the glass. No carbonation visible. In a lot of ways it looks like a glass of white wine.
S - Smell is a bit more pleasing than the raspberry counterpart. Less raging nail polish remover alcohol fumes, some natural spicy ginger, and some tart vinegar. No hop presence or oak barrels in the nose, like the others.
T - Taste is a notch up from the raspberry version also. Less booze heat, and more full-on ginger kombucha. Vinegar, ginger spice, bacterial kombucha cultures, & some alcohol heat are most apparent here. Sugary sweetness from the black tea used is also highly apparent. A bit of peachy fruit comes out in the mix, also. Again, no presence of hops or barrel character.
M - Feel is crisp, juicy, tart, and sour. A little bit of alcohol warmth, and some ginger spice clinging to the palate.
Overall, this has been one of the better kombucha beers I've had from these guys so far. Of the three, this one is a likely contender for repeat drinking. It tastes pretty much exactly how you expect from a kombucha beverage with 8.00% abv. A fine choice for both kombucha and beer lovers alike.
Unity Vibration Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer ---3.5/5
09-18-2013 17:53:32 | More by mfnmbvp
3.31/5 rDev -7.3%
A: Slight gushing upon opening. Initially poured out a white color before the rest poured a light yellow color. It's cloudy, and some dark particles can be seen floating in the glass. White head was large on the pour and is supported by massive amounts of carbonation bubbles.
S: Smells like actual raw ginger, which I find a little off putting. Notes of cheap homemade wine and vinegar also.
T: Actually not too bad. I agree with other reviews in that it tastes like a very sweet ginger ale soda. Only slightly tart, nowhere near sour. I also get some light lemon and cherry flavors. Aftertaste is a little vinegary. Really this tastes like it could be some kind of soda pop.
M: Bubbles are very active in the mouth. Body is pretty light.
O: One of the most unique beers I've ever had, although I would not have this again.
07-23-2013 03:43:31 | More by CMUbrew
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
A. I was too lazy to pour into a glass so your guess is as good S mine
S. Smells exactly like a quality ginger ale soft drink.
T. Spicy ginger. Tart. Mouth puckering. Refreshing.
M. Glassy crispness and dry.
O. A great choice for a hot afternoon.
05-20-2012 20:07:15 | More by BellsFan
4.78/5 rDev +33.9%
Cloudy pale straw color. Thin white head fizzles itself out in moments which is typical of open fermented beers. Le sigh.
Smells like tart ginger. Tastewise TGG opens up with tart, sweet lemonade like too much Crystal Light powder in the mix. The ginger heat comes in back. Refreshing as all get out. Light, granular mouthfeel like bits of ginger will get stuck in my teeth. Maybe they will.
Picked this up awhile ago for the wifey on a snowshoe trip. She loves ginger and I figured it would be either really bad or really good. It was really, really good.
04-20-2013 15:51:36 | More by donkeyrunner
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
I poured this one into my snifter and got (for a second) a finger of what seemed to be white head, which was very effervescent. The beer itself is a translucent mild and muted yellow color, with a constant fizz going on. A little bit of sediment rests on the bottom of my glass.
Smells of wheat, wild yeast, mildly of vinegar, slightly spoiled green apples and funk.
Up front its a little on the sweet side. Sugar, green and red apples seem to dance with the ginger. The back end gets a little sour with a hint of funk and wet grass. The very end has the hint of a gardeny flavor that may or may not be the kombucha. After reading the bottle, I believe it is the black tea they brew it with.
The mouthfeel is light-medium. It is very carbonated and moves very easily. It goes down clean with no residue and is actually a little refreshing.
09-22-2013 16:27:08 | More by CFHMagnet
3.79/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle visible carbonation, light to moderate amounts of fine dark sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall very fizzy white head that almost instantly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.
S: Moderate notes of funkiness and raw ginger followed by moderate to strong aromas of vinegar.
T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet like Schweppes Ginger-Ale with some hints of lemon/citrus like lemonade. All that is followed by some light amounts of tartness (not quite to the strength of sourness) and light to moderate amounts of spiciness from the fresh ginger. Light amounts of lingering spiciness from the ginger in the finish.
M: Just heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.
O: I would forewarn anyone else that purchases this beer to make sure you open it right beside the sink because it is a heck of a gusher. With that being said, I found this one to be refreshing and enjoyable though not as sour as I hoped/expected. I could easily drink this beer again (though not multiple in a session) because it is quite interesting but it will not be for everyone. If you do not like Kombucha, I would recommend skipping this one.
08-04-2013 22:21:27 | More by dbrauneis
2.36/5 rDev -33.9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
DISCLAIMER: This is not actually a beer. It's a fermented kombucha culture that's fruited/spiced and hopped. There is no malt used whatsoever. Just saying.
Now that the legal is out of the way, this stuff pours a clear sallow, with about as much head as a post-Terror French aristocrat. The nose comprises a pervasive sweet-sourness (think blue raspberry Lick-a-Maid powder, especially the sour variety), bright ginger, candi sugar, and a tiny touch of lemongrass. The taste hints at the same sweetness as found in the smell, but then a blast of harsh ginger, grass, green tea, and funky lemon rind comes in and Tunguska-blasts every good thing that ever hitherto existed on the tongue. Luckily, this phenomenon disappears just as quickly as it came, leaving me with a light bit of vague tartness and sweetness resting in my mouth. Thankfully it's clean, but that fact hardly makes up for the savagery that just swept through. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a limpidly slick feel. Overall, this is just an offensive mess, plain and simple. Luckily, it's not hurting the world of beer so much as the world of flavored alcoholic kombucha...
03-13-2013 03:31:41 | More by TMoney2591
Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer from Unity Vibration
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.