Hard Ginger Ale
Coney Island Brewing Company

Hard Ginger AleHard Ginger Ale
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Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
3.09 | pDev: 18.77%
Aug 03, 2021
Dec 20, 2015
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Rated: 2.78 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 3.06 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.1 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Oct 25, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
I am using the previous Cream Ale to segue into a brief foray into some "alchopops" as a part of the Eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I had some former colleagues who were really into these sorts of things, which kind of illustrated to me that I am probably not the intended audience.

From the bottle: "Feast your eyes on Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale: a tantalizing libation enhanced with exotic West African ginger. Are you tall enough to ride?""; "What we have behind the curtain will amaze you! Astound you! Astonish you! Hailing from deep in the ground in a far off land comes so fragrant and so delightful that a single sip will wash away your worries like waves crashing on our sunny shores."; "Coney Island, where anything is possible if you're ready to #TakeTheRide."

Well, if I am going to take the ride, then first, I need to Pop! the cap. Once again, even an aggro pour failed to raise anything more than a brief finger-plus of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like fresh ginger and I suddenly wanted to run over to my nearby sushi restaurant and begin gobbling their wares. I actually like Ginger Ale as a pop, especially as a mixer with Rye whisky & once I get through the bulk of this review, I will use the remainder as a set-up. Mouthfeel was definitely thin on this one, watery with just enough carbonation to keep me interested. The taste, while spicy with the presence of ginger, was still a bit too sweet for my enjoyment. I would have preferred full-on ginger for a greater dryness. As it was the finish was more semi-sweet than semi-dry and struck me as lacking. I have had ginger ale (pop) that was dryer than this.
Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.09 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3 by Alphakitty from New York

Oct 13, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 2.12 by buckyp from South Carolina

Aug 11, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by dag1991 from Ohio

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 3.11 by Zanico from Ohio

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.51 by ledouge from Virginia

Jul 20, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass, best before 8/2016. Pours clear pale golden straw color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big ginger, honey, caramel, cracker, and herbal/floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of ginger and sweet malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of ginger, honey, caramel, cracker, and herbal/floral earthiness. Minimal herbal/ginger bitter/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, honey, caramel, cracker, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of ginger and sweet malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected for 5.6%; with some slight heat from the ginger as well. Overall this is a pretty good ginger cream ale. All around good robustness and balance of ginger and sweet malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. Could have used more carbonation, but what was there was solid.
Jun 24, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle, the third flavoured offering to arrive up here in Alberta in as many weeks from this Brooklyn outfit - cheers! Now send us your 'regular' stuff, again, already!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of uber-fizzy dirty white head, which dissipates into the ether before I get a chance to get halfway through this sentence. Zero appreciable lace.

It smells of zingy and earthy fresh ginger, grainy pale malt, simple syrup, and a subtle musty bitterness. The taste is craft ginger ale, bready caramel, sugary citrus candies, an earthy and leafy bitterness (maybe hops, maybe not), and a sense of ill-integrated alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is fairly gentle in its barely palpable frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and smooth, I suppose, as all that sugary character does well to gloss over any potentially invasive spiciness. It finishes sweet, gingery, and vaguely boozy.

Overall, not a particularly interesting or robust version of this unheralded style, as the sugar and alcohol really start to take over shortly after take-off. Kind of disjointed, and not something that I could see wanting another (or another) of while considering my summertime patio options, as such.
Jun 17, 2016
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Reviewed by matjack85 from Illinois

2.17/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Best before date of Aug. '16 is notched into the side of the label so it's still plenty fresh.

The beer poured a clear, pale yellow color and started to make a white head but it fizzled out before I could even put the bottle down. Lots of carbonation bubbles like you would see in a ginger ale soda.

Smells like a ginger ale soda with perhaps more ginger aroma than you get in the soda.

Sickening sweet syrupy mess that tastes like ginger ale with a bit more spiciness plus the addition of alcohol.

Too sugary and syrupy to be called light, but not heavy either. Medium high carbonation - about what you'd get in a ginger ale soda.

I don't think too many beer lovers will like this, but could be popular with the novices.
Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by wejohnsn from Texas

2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
I gave this 4 for look because the bottle is cool looking. it doesnt have much of a smell. The taste is way too sweet and not very much ginger like. Didn't feel like a beer or a gingerale. next time I will have a Moscow Mule or a Vernors or just Ginger-ale with some Vodka.
May 31, 2016
Rated: 3.24 by craftaholic from New York

May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by CaptDavyJones from New York

May 15, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by norinco from Ohio

May 13, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

May 04, 2016
Rated: 2.88 by AuntBea from Illinois

Apr 25, 2016
Hard Ginger Ale from Coney Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 43 ratings