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Organic Ginger Beer - Nelson Brewing Company

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Reviews: 2
Hads: 5
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 20.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Nelson Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 05-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've got to admit, I'm kind of a snob about cans. Sure, they're light and convenient, but they're not reusable and I'd like to say no thanks to the BPA. That said, I've enjoyed what I've tried from Nelson, and I'd like to find a ginger beer that's better than Phillips, which is just okay. (I've yet to try Granville Island's Ginja Ninja, but, well, it's Granville Island.)

$11.50 plus deposit for six cans, widely available at BC Liquor Stores.

A: Crystal clear amber with visible carbonation.

S: I detect the ginger right away! It smells more like fresh (or pickled) ginger than gingerbread.

T: Not as spicy as I'd expected. I smell the ginger far more than I taste it. Maybe I should give Granville Island a go?

F: Creamy. Not super carbonated.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, from the six-pack it is sold as here in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and kind of caked ecru head, which leaves some random portraits of landmass lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of sharp, somewhat spicy ginger root, bready pale malt, a bit of lemon oil, and subtly harangued earthy, leafy hops. The taste is musty gingerbread, stale (ok, 'organic') lemon, earthy yeast, and still overridden leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is softly rendered, just a playfully dull frothiness throughout, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, smoother that it has any right to be with all this natural ginger mucking about. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the mixed pale and caramel malt contending with the navel-gazing hipster version of the titular root, as opposed to the Caribbean 'fuck ya, mon' variety.

Not an overly impressive ginger beer, but at least there's ginger, and at least there's beer, organic certification aside. The heat just ain't here, but that's ok, my expectations as such may be a little skewed - I like my ginger straight up and in my face, whether it be beer, sushi, or my vaunted Kung Pao.

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Organic Ginger Beer from Nelson Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.