Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer - Granville Island Brewery
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
2.3/5 rDev -27.9%
I like ginger. I like ginger a lot. But it's pretty much wasted here because there's nothing to complement it in this brew.
Pours a short head that immediately disappears leaving behindg a very ordinary looking clear apricot coloured liquid. Boring. Nose is clearly gingerous, but with not much else. Quite dry on the palate, bordering on dusty or metallic. Not much else happening in the glass. Taste is also one dimensional, just harsh ginger. Not really appetizing. Ginger works best when it's paired up with something else and those flavours work together. Nothing else here I'm afraid.
Meh. Part of a mixed six from Granville/Creemore. Just glad I didn't stick myself with a full six of this stuff. Done and gone.
07-01-2014 19:08:16 | More by TerryW
3.29/5 rDev +3.1%
341 mL bottle from a Granville Island/Creemore Springs mixed sampler picked up at the LCBO; bottled in April of this year. Ingredients: Beer, Ginger. Hmm. I guess I didn't really expect much else to be in there. Served well-chilled.
Pours a turbid orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of short-lived, pearl-white head. Within a minute's time, only a thin film and collar remain behind, with some scant lacing. The aroma is sweet and spicy; candied ginger root definitely comes to mind, in addition to some doughy malt sweetness, brown sugar and light orange citrus notes.
A decent ginger ale, although the aforementioned spice remains comfortably in the background for the duration of the sip. Bready malts and gingerbread flavour come through initially, with some light orange and hoppy earthiness rounding things out at the tail end. Mildly spicy aftertaste, with some diluted ginger heat that fades rapidly. Medium-bodied, with relatively light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that doesn't work particularly well in this instance. I prefer my ginger beers to have a peppier, more assertive bite from the carb.
Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. Granville Island's Ginja Ninja is an agreeable spiced ale well-suited for the patio season, but it's not something I'm likely to return to any time soon. This one is far less ginger-focused than most of the other ginger beers I've tried, which may or may not be a plus for you. Personally? I think it would benefit from a stronger ginger bite, but in the end there's nothing wrong here. Give it a shot if you're a fan of the style, but don't expect anything more than a passable session brew.
06-22-2014 21:02:59 | More by thehyperduck
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass 17/6/13
A clear golden copper with a few tiny particles and lots of tiny bubbles but only a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace
S ginger dusted apples pie crust with a little honey, straight forward but so are ginger beers
T more ginger then the nose and becomes even more one dimensional, gingers a little spicy but it still works well enough
M leaning towards medium, enough bubbles to please and the spicy kick lingers on the finish
O decent beer but nothing to get excited about, I'm just wondering when this ginger fad will fade out, I suppose it took lime a couple years to drop off the cliff
Maybe with some sushi but I doubt I'd bother again, not that's flawed or anything like that but its a ginger beer and they just don't do it for me
06-17-2013 17:18:25 | More by wordemupg
Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.