Not Your Father's Ginger Ale | Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Ginger AleNot Your Father's Ginger Ale

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A gruit-inspired brew that pays homage to the classic taste Americans know and love. The new ginger ale has “a high intensity of ginger and lemon, a tinge of black currant, and a light sweetened flavor with woody attributes.”

Added by kmanjohnson on 09-26-2015

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Photo of B302
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.26/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not really a beer at all even though it tries to pass off as one for some reason, it's way too sweet and sugary/syrupy to be a beer and for my tastes.

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3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with hardly any head, and any traces of white bubbles on the surface rapidly dissipated.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but tastes more like a soda as there are some notes of sweetness to accompany the ginger flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This "beer" tastes a little more gingerly compared to a ginger ale and isn't nearly as sweet, but it does a good job at masking the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow with some white suds that dissipate nearly as fast as it pours out, leaving a flat barren surface within seconds.

Smell - Prominent ginger and sugar sweetness with lesser 'Sprite' like lemon character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Ginger with lemon-lime soda characteristics. Only a faint ginger spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate, fizzy carbonation. Drinks easy enough with a crisp finish.

Overall - Not terrible to drink, but too sweet and sugary for my liking. It's simply too much like drinking a soda. Glad I tried it, but I'll pass on buying it again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like the concept of Small Town Brewery (focussing on herbs and touching the old-fashioned in us... with a little irony.)
But to compare this to the beer we are used to, I can understand the low ratings... but still don't agree.
Not Your Father's Ginger Ale was refreshing and hit the spot (but also, I'm recovering from a cold.)
If NYFGA was a bit less sweet, others may like it more. But for me, it settled my stomach and cleared my sinuses.
And with a slight boost of alcohol... would could ask for more ?

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2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mmorris15
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phattyred
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hugh37
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked it much more than I expected to. Lots of ginger, lots of zing. Just enough carbonation to be interesting. Refreshing and easy drinking. Best ice cold.

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Photo of bmjivi221
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treesmakewater
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Bendover80
1/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of dmorgan310
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guiltybyproxy
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not bad, actually. I'm usually not a fan of these types of beers, but it really does taste like ginger ale. I wouldn't buy it more than once or twice a year, but it would make a good gift.

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4.52/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachT
1.96/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours the color of ginger ale - maybe a hair on the deeper side. A fizzy white head comes and goes. No real lacing sticks.

The smell is of ginger.

Tastes more like strong ginger ale than a beer. The carbonation is fizzy like soda. There is just enough malt to give it a beer-like body despite the fizz.

Ginger lingers.

Tough one to score - It's more like a strong on the ginger soda than a ginger-flavored ale.

Decent for a ginger-flavored novelty.

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3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a beer! It's a soda! It's a beer! No, wait, it's a soda. It's a,,, I can't really tell... Label says this is gruit-inspired, so I can only imagine it is real-brewed stuff, whatever you want to actually consider it. Can't tell from label if the brewer added lemon and currants, or if those are just flavor notes.

Being a HUGE ginger beer and ginger ale fan (especially of the traditionally-brewed, alcoholic variety), this couldn't have not ended up in my cart and promptly in a glass upon my return home from the beer shop.

The... beverage... pours almost beer-like, but the "head" that forms is gone as quick as it appears. Very... soft drink like in appearance. Nice, golden-amber hue, with great clarity.

The aromas are of sharp ginger and distinct effervescence. Sweetness jumps out of the glass. Clearly of the golden, and not the dry, style of ginger ales.

Sweetness hits the palate first. Lots of it. OK, golden ginger ales are known for being sweet, but the label actually says "light sweetened flavor" and I think that's a misrepresentation, as this is QUITE sweet. Definitely going to rub "beer people" the wrong way. Lots of ginger hits next, carried by the sweetness. Sharp, but not biting. Not enough of a bite for my own tastes, really, but then I'm more of a ginger beer guy. I might get some of the lemon and maybe even some of the woody notes, but they are too subtle to matter much. I don't get currant at all. Overall, tasty, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky side, but the carbonation is fizzy enough to combat that. Is a bit heavy on the palate, though. More ginger bite and acidity might make it crisper.

Let's be clear: there is ginger ale (golden and dry are the two main styles), and then there is ginger beer and then there is beer made with ginger (Good Juju, for example). None of those are equivalent, even though they are similar. Honestly, I'm not even sure how well defined these distinctions and terms are, because the terms seem

Comparing this to my favorite ginger beers isn't fair, but there are not many ginger ales, certainly not many hard varieties. I wish I knew more about how this was made, because I'm curious if it's a true fermented product or what. In any case, it's a tasty treat if what you're in the mood for is gingerale with a bit of an alcoholic kick. But make no mistake, it drinks like a cocktail. Personally, I'd prefer to by a Reed's or Fentiman's or Ithaca Ginger Beer and throw in a shot or two of vodka (or rum!) than to go this route.

This is a somewhat unique... drink... and it's not bad, in fact, I like it. But I prefer more aggressive ginger heat, and a thicker, yeastier, dirtier brew... I prefer ginger beers, and in particular JAMAICAN ginger beers (way spicier). If you're in the mood for something sweeter, more mild but still with a good ginger flavor, and indeed with more "mass market" appeal, then this might be your thing.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Not Your Father's Ginger Ale from Small Town Brewery
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