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Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer - Granville Island Brewery

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: leaddog on 05-12-2013)
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1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

Larz_73, Jul 13, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

TerryW, Jul 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Fader, Feb 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

kjyost, Jul 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

KStark, May 22, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -10.3%

bad2arwing, Oct 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

intoxabroad, Sep 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

CWVegas, Jun 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

1stOffender, Aug 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Jotora, May 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Kmat10, May 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Pmicdee, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

artemh, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

deonreds, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

SebD, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Braz, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Jenstrom, Sep 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

peensteen, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

GoHabsGo, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

thehyperduck, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

joemcgrath27, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

RedAleMan, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of leaddog
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Revolution.

Appearance- Pours a clear gold with a 1/4 finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Ginger, citrus, grains.

Taste- Starts with a pleasant zing from the ginger then goes to the citrus and grains. I was hoping the ginger would stay throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An agreeable enough Ginger Beer by Granville Island. The ginger is a little restricted and could use a little more of it to give it some more "oomph". Other than that, a good attempt at a hard style to brew.

leaddog, May 12, 2013
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Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer from Granville Island Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.