Not Your Father's Ginger Ale | Small Town Brewery

Not Your Father's Ginger AleNot Your Father's Ginger Ale
BA SCORE
3.32/5
285 Ratings
Not Your Father's Ginger AleNot Your Father's Ginger Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
smalltownbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,577
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
285
pDev:
19.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
112
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of mattjp03
1.72/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of superspak
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pin glass, bottled on 6/27/2016. Pours crystal clear pale golden/yellow color with a small foamy white head that reduces to nothing nearly instantly. No lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big lemon, lime, ginger, currant, vanilla, honey, cracker, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/spices and pale/sugary malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, ginger, currant, vanilla, honey, cracker, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Slight peppery ginger spice and herbal bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, ginger, currant, vanilla, honey, cracker, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of citrus/spices and pale/sugary malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and bitter/spiciness as well. Slightly increasing ginger heat through the glass. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly grainy/syrupy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is a very nice ginger spice beer. All around nice robustness and balance of citrus/spices and pale/sugary malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Still kind of feels like a beer with some grainy/malt presence, vs some of their other flavored beverages I’ve tried. Never overly sweet, syrupy, or heavy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dubnation
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of B302
4.11/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.26/5  rDev -31.9%
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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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -4.2%
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 +14.5%
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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Photo of Eman17
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mmorris15
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phattyred
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hugh37
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treesmakewater
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Bendover80
1/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of dmorgan310
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Guiltybyproxy
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.52/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachT
1.96/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

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Not Your Father's Ginger Ale from Small Town Brewery
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 285 ratings
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