Beer Camp Across The World: Ginger Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.63/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The abrasive attitude of Minnesota's Surly Brewing Co. brings an aggressive yet refined approach to creating recipes. We came together to create this easy-drinking but complex ginger-infused lager. It's brewed with hot ginger and a pinch of cayenne to spice up the heat and then dry hopped with an inclusion of oak for a touch of woody vanilla to round out the flavor.


Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
334
pDev:
13.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
31
Trade:
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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Slarson7
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a delicious looking tan gold with white foam that quickly dissipates. Smells fantastic, with a distinct gingery note. Crisp and clean, with a gingery kick --and slight touch of heat from the cayenne pepper. I'd love to see this one again. Even better, I'd love to see this barrel-aged, reminds me of a distant cousin to Vernors.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
1/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of ONUMello
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can dated 4/27/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1+ finger head
S: Loads of ginger, some cayanne and malt
T: The cayanne is more prevalent here. Not hot but there in flavor. Less of a ginger bite than I expected
M: Light-bodied, a touch of a bite from the ginger/pepper but not as much as I expected
O: Not bad, I like the cayanne but overall there are other ginger beers, both NA and not, that I like better, Unfortunately none of the oak comes through either

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingmaker
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dsimenson
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsshuck
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of EMV
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Cloudy golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of frothy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Ginger and spice... just like the name. Tea leaves... mild sweetness.

T/F: Grainy malt base... mild sweetness which mixes well with the strong ginger flavor. Sweet tea and spice. Honey... tingly on the palate. Mild hops for bitterness/balance. The cayenne hits at the finish with some warmth on the back of your throat. Medium to light in body.

O: Pretty tasty. I'm not a huge 'ginger beer' fan, but this delivers exactly what it offers. A ginger forward lager... the cayenne is nice at the finish and this goes down easier than I'd expected.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ginger hits the nose like a truck! And the burn on the throat is incredible. This is how you use ginger! I want to make a ginger beer. The head leaves pretty quickly, but still a pretty beer. I loved it.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can stamped 4/27/17.

A: Pours a clear clean golden with a thick fluffy tan head that faded into a thin collar. Wispy lace.
S: Crisp spicy ginger nose smells like craft ginger ale. It's sounds strange to say that I smell cayenne, but there is a heat to the nose more than the hot ginger.
T: Follows the nose with fresh ground ginger flavors and just a kiss of lingering spice. I get hints of pale and crackery malt, lime, and a subtle oak quality to the finish. Ginger spice and soft cayenne heat linger in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, soft carbonation, spicy and scrubbing mouthfeel. Refreshing.
O: A solid, clean, and easy to drink beer. Nice ginger presence without too much cayenne.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada/Surly Ginger Lager

Beer Camp Across the World 2017 8/12

A: This very strange collaboration pours a pale, golden orange topped by two fingers of downy white head. Staying power is below average, and lacing disappoints as well. There is also a fair amount of suspended particulate that is none too appetizing; what this matter is remains unclear, but it looks unlike most yeast. Usually Sierra Nevada beers look on-point, but this is a rare miss. The color is nice is the best one can say. 2.5/5

A: Spicy ginger is the primary aromatic quality, and it is very nearly the only aroma that there is. Ginger is such a strong component, and it tends to take over anything it is part of. This is clear evidence of that. This smells like a spicy ginger ale, but there is a sweet, bready undertone that calls to mind ginger pancakes, and the oaky vanillin is there if one looks, giving the impression of sweetened condensed milk spiced with ginger. Cayenne is nowhere to be found. Make no mistake, the ginger completely dominates the aroma to the point of prickling the nose hairs and irritating the throat on inhaling. 3.25/5

T: The taste succeeds in bringing more to the table with a gorgeous bready almost crackery maltiness and the citrusy, floral complexities of real ginger (and not just the cleaning product aromatics and heat). Oak is still here in very much a cameo role, lingering in the background here and there. The cayenne does show up as well, melding almost seamlessly with the ginger heat and a light, spicy hop bitterness on the finish (though there is otherwise no presence of hops whatsoever). Of course, the lingering nature of these flavor components ruins the expected quick finish of a lager, yet the refreshing nature of spicy flavors actually somehow makes this a non-issue. It is still not complex, but it actually works fairly well. 4/5

M: The body is surprisingly moderately full, but it does retain the crispness that one expects from a lager. Carbonation is perfect. The heat prickles and lingers all over the palate long after each sip has passed. It really makes for a very refreshing drink for those that enjoy hot ginger ale. 4.75/5

O: As many who have followed my reviewing philosophy surely know, I am a huge proponent of critiquing a based on what the object of my criticism is trying to be. This is exemplified here. In this case, I do not believe Sierra Nevada and Surly were trying to make a complex, nuanced beer to be contemplated. Rather, they went for the beer equivalent of ginger ale, and they succeeded completely. Fans of Blenheim and other, hotter craft soda versions of ginger ale should seek this out. It is a very refreshing, simple, enjoyable offering, and is one of the better ginger beers I have had (much better than Left Hand Good Juju, which is bland and tasteless by comparison). I could easily crush several of these with Thai food. Just do not expect a deep experience here. Pair with the too-fun stylings of Archspire's "Relentless Mutation." 4.25/5

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint (16 ounce) can poured to tulip glass
Sight: light amber, orange, big off white foam that quickly disappears, some lacing
Smell: aroma of ginger on drinking, yeast aroma on the smell
Taste: Spicy, medium bitterness
Mouth feel: good carbonation, sticky, long spicy mildly hot aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours as very light bubbly head that dissipate very quickly is okay. The beer itself is a bit more interesting with a clear light to medium gold color with a slight metallic hue. It's a decent look and is pretty nice.

The smell and taste are both decent. The ginger is upfront and dominates most of the smell and notes. The pepper comes in a little bit in the finish. It's interesting and with the light citrus note mixing and getting lost in the ginger note.

The feel is decent. It has a nice medium body that is smooth and clean feeling. There is a little heat towards the end there that is interesting.

Overall, it's an interesting beer and delivers on its promises but you can skip it.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: yellow orange in color with a small white head.

S: spicy ginger with a hint of lime and a spice finish.

T: spicy ginger up front followed by light malt, citrus, and finishing up with spice.

M: medium light in body. High carbonation, a spicy dry finish.

O: the chips are all in on the spice thing huh....

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a variety 12-pack $23.99 from Tamuras
Strong smell of ginger
Golden, slightly hazy color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of ginger is dominate with a little heat from the cayenne
Overall its good based on delivering what it says it is, which is ginger beer. Probably not something I would drink often if it was regularly made.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Ginger Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 334 ratings