Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,677
ABV:
8%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,632
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 16.8%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
98
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Tone from Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a cloudy golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of peach, hint of bacterial funk, slight tea, and earthiness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthiness, tea, medicinal peach, and slight alcohol. Overall, not good body, blend all over, and way too carbonated.

Nov 11, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From notes taken 08/08/17:

Metallic, mostly opaque pale yellow. No head, just a small ring of bubbles inside glass clinging to walls. Smells like nail polish remover, stronger lemon, weaker vinegar, other fruit though faint, nothing distinctly ginger. Tastes more like either a kombucha or a Flanders Out Bruin or Flanders Red Ale than any American/Pale Wild Ale I’ve ever had. Very sharp and acidic, a little metallic, and again solventy like nail polish remover. Lemon juice, a little mango and stone fruit, an almost salty vinegar, alcohols. Ginger, where distinct, is light, a balancing factor more than anything. It’s strongest in retro-olfaction but mixes too well with solvents and sours. Hops are lost to me. It’s okay. Some kombuchas are about this sour, some are not. Prefer the ones that aren’t. Also prefer more complex and less solventy Wild Ales, although this still was interesting to try. Medium bodied, a little astringent, it’s about like juice you’ve left in the fridge too long, sticky, acidic, fermenting, and slightly prickly with sparse effervescence. Very warming. An extra sour, relatively flat, extra boozy kombucha, in essence.

Jun 18, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

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

Cloudy yellow
Smells a little unnatural like lemony nail polish remover.
Tastes like nail polish remover with a bite of citrus and sting of ginger.
Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, tiny bubbles of effervescence though.
Overall it's decent because I like ginger beer but maybe it's a little too sour and vinegary for my taste. I don't know if I could even call this beer.

Oct 18, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It smells like a mild ginger kombucha with tart funky fruit in the bakcground. It tastes tart and funky, and lightly sweet. The ginger comes through nicely providing both flavor and a mild ginger heat. Lemon and orange mix with the ginger to tone down the kombucha character slightly. The alcohol is barely noticeable. It is light and highly effervescent. While on the edges of beer territory, it is light, refreshing and easy to drink. This will especially appeal to those who like kombucha, are looking for gluten free beer or want something vegan.

Mar 24, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a faintly hazy/mostly clear tea-yellow with no head but slight visible carbonation. Nose is grassy green-tea alongside vinegar and lemon. The palate is outstanding earthy sour with tons of unexpected vinegar. It's like they made a white Flanders Red. The ginger is subtle, but present, and it's that subdued nature, one that lets the hops, vinegar, and lemon and green tea elements come to the fore that makes this beer. I'm genuinely impressed. Will absolutely stop by this brewery the next time I'm in the Ann Arbor area.

Dec 26, 2016
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ETill from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting combination. Fizzy, herbal, and with a mildly unpleasant nose. The taste, though, works quite well. It is not a traditional beer or ale, though, so if you're judging it by those standards you might be disappointed. I would say a prerequisite is liking kombucha in general. It is listed at 8%, but doesn't taste or feel like something that storing. Also, the flavor difference between the the ginger, bourbon peach, and raspberry is very subtle, with the kombucha taste dominating all. I suggest avoiding their KPA, which is downright unpleasant. Lastly, these are more of a "one and done" beverages, not so much because of the alcohol but because of the herbal, nearly medicinal feel of it. Overall, I love them as an alternative to typical beers.

Dec 30, 2015
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BrZadLey from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this last week at Bill's Beer Garden (really my favorite kind of garden) in A2 and I really had no idea what to expect.

Wow! It was really interesting, and hard to describe- you really taste the ginger, which is great, but then there all these side notes- citrusy hops, yeasty tang, a little bit of crisp bitterness, but also balanced with some floral notes and sweetness- I have a feeling that each bottle/batch is a little bit different, so it might make for some interesting explorations.

A lot of folks have said there isn't a lot of head, which I found to be true, but I was raised on English bitters, and "real ale", which usually haven't much head anyway, so it bothered me not at all.

The mouth feel reminded me of a cross twixt a hefe-weizen and a pale ale, with a little more density/body than I'd have liked, but was quite pleasant.

My only (minor) complaint would be that there was perhaps a little too much residual sugar , which (as noted) gave it a heavier feel and sweeter taste (albeit with a fairly clean and dry finish, considering) than I prefer.

This probably not a session ale, but maybe a good end-of-the-nighter or one to have on Sunday after cutting the lawn...

On the whole, I would definitely say this brew rocked it pretty heavily, and I would definitely look forward to the next one!

Jul 23, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella Artois mini-chalice. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy gumdrop yellow color with a white head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Minimal lacing.

S- Bright ginger and lactic acid with a touch of gaseous funk.

T- Tastes like organic ginger ale with a mild vinegary tartness and trace amounts of malt. The alcohol is masked very well underneath the unusual flavors.

M- Sharp and acidic with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Not something I would drink normally but the ginger complements the kombucha flavors quite well. Would like a little more body personally but I know that this is the way kombucha is supposed to be. Not as good as Bourbon Barrel Peach but definitely better than the raspberry abomination.

Jun 13, 2015
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samtrillo from California

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Unity Vibration Kombucha Beer.

They are a bit misunderstood but I dig them. I don't think there's any 'beer' here, but I like kombucha, I like ginger, I like hops and I like alcohol.

The most notable flavors in this beer are the vinegar sourness of the kombucha mixed with the bite of the ginger. At the same time there is a lot of sweetness here. All of this masks the 8% ABV. The hops are subtle, which is understandable having had hopped cider and mead.

I like these kombucha beers but I don't consider them 'American Wild Ales'. Drink if you like kombucha or something completely new.

Mar 10, 2015
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travolta from California

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal gold color, with no head retention or lacing.

Nose: Ginger, lime, some spicy citrus, lemon juice, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Taste: Very crisp and sweet. Very tart and citrusy. Vinegar, lemonade.

Notes: Very interesting and different. The kombucha is totally present.

Mar 01, 2015
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another disappointment from UV...Kombucha combined with ginger does not make for a nice experience. Pours a clear, gold with no lacing. Smells of its components. Taste like flat ginger ale mixed with water.

Feb 24, 2015
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watchnerd from California

4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

WOW! This is definitely unusual. Refreshing. Zesty. Is it beer? I'm not sure, but it would be refreshing on a hot summer day. Has a lot of zip and tang, not cloying at all. The label says 'wild ale', perhaps implying a lambic-like airborne yeast? Not sure, but it does have some of the tang of a lambic. I like it as a change of pace.

Jan 29, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured pale mint green, hazy with a thin, shot lived head, and lazy carbonation.

Aroma of ginger and lime

Tart lime, ginger with a long tart finish. Light bitterness and sweetness keep balance.

Light body, with some alcohol, and a silk texture. Thirst quenching, a refreshing.

This is one of those pleasant surprises, that I will seek out in the future. Nice relaxing beer for a warm sunny Sumer afternoon.

Aug 09, 2014
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Phelps from Arizona

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Each bottle is a living product, with active yeast that continue to bounce around, munch on the tea's sugars and produce carbon dioxide. Carbonation levels vary, and there's definitely the danger of spillovers -- as happened with the ginger version of this beer. A good third of the bottle spilled out in a fizzy, funky, ginger-tinged eruption.

The color and clarity of just-squeezed lemonade -- cloudy, thick yellow. In contrast to the other varieties, this version leads with ginger, fresh-cut and fresh-squeezed and pickled. Grapefruit and soil. Ginger is the leader of the flavor as well, blending lemon juice in there -- reminds me of a cocktail. Super-high carbonation, champagne levels.

My favorite of these odd ales -- liquid pickled ginger. Drink it with sushi.

Jul 29, 2014
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CFHMagnet from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my snifter and got (for a second) a finger of what seemed to be white head, which was very effervescent. The beer itself is a translucent mild and muted yellow color, with a constant fizz going on. A little bit of sediment rests on the bottom of my glass.

Smells of wheat, wild yeast, mildly of vinegar, slightly spoiled green apples and funk.

Up front its a little on the sweet side. Sugar, green and red apples seem to dance with the ginger. The back end gets a little sour with a hint of funk and wet grass. The very end has the hint of a gardeny flavor that may or may not be the kombucha. After reading the bottle, I believe it is the black tea they brew it with.

The mouthfeel is light-medium. It is very carbonated and moves very easily. It goes down clean with no residue and is actually a little refreshing.

Sep 22, 2013
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired at the local Binny's as part of a mixed four pack with the Unity Vibration Triple-Goddess Raspberry Kombucha Beer. My third kombucha beer from Unity Vibration.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a pale murky straw yellow colored body with absolutely no head. Sits still in the glass. No carbonation visible. In a lot of ways it looks like a glass of white wine.

S - Smell is a bit more pleasing than the raspberry counterpart. Less raging nail polish remover alcohol fumes, some natural spicy ginger, and some tart vinegar. No hop presence or oak barrels in the nose, like the others.

T - Taste is a notch up from the raspberry version also. Less booze heat, and more full-on ginger kombucha. Vinegar, ginger spice, bacterial kombucha cultures, & some alcohol heat are most apparent here. Sugary sweetness from the black tea used is also highly apparent. A bit of peachy fruit comes out in the mix, also. Again, no presence of hops or barrel character.

M - Feel is crisp, juicy, tart, and sour. A little bit of alcohol warmth, and some ginger spice clinging to the palate.

Overall, this has been one of the better kombucha beers I've had from these guys so far. Of the three, this one is a likely contender for repeat drinking. It tastes pretty much exactly how you expect from a kombucha beverage with 8.00% abv. A fine choice for both kombucha and beer lovers alike.

Unity Vibration Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer ---3.5/5

Sep 18, 2013
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Caskaway from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Definitely more kombucha than beer.

For those unfamiliar with kombucha, it's essentially a probiotic with a lot of fermentation. In the US, it's a niche beverage that is popular with the vegan and natural food crowd.

The yeast in kombucha creates a natural carbonation. This exacerbates the overflow danger when the beer is poured.

I was expecting a beer with a hint of kombucha. This brew is precisely the opposite. It tastes like genuine kombucha. I happen to enjoy kombucha, so I thought that this beer was excellent. On the other hand, my favorite beer styles are trappist ales and imperial stouts, which makes it difficult to even classify this as beer.

5/5 for kombucha lovers.

??? for beer lovers.

Aug 24, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of gentle visible carbonation, light to moderate amounts of fine dark sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall very fizzy white head that almost instantly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate notes of funkiness and raw ginger followed by moderate to strong aromas of vinegar.

T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet like Schweppes Ginger-Ale with some hints of lemon/citrus like lemonade. All that is followed by some light amounts of tartness (not quite to the strength of sourness) and light to moderate amounts of spiciness from the fresh ginger. Light amounts of lingering spiciness from the ginger in the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I would forewarn anyone else that purchases this beer to make sure you open it right beside the sink because it is a heck of a gusher. With that being said, I found this one to be refreshing and enjoyable though not as sour as I hoped/expected. I could easily drink this beer again (though not multiple in a session) because it is quite interesting but it will not be for everyone. If you do not like Kombucha, I would recommend skipping this one.

Aug 04, 2013
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CMUbrew from Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Slight gushing upon opening. Initially poured out a white color before the rest poured a light yellow color. It's cloudy, and some dark particles can be seen floating in the glass. White head was large on the pour and is supported by massive amounts of carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like actual raw ginger, which I find a little off putting. Notes of cheap homemade wine and vinegar also.

T: Actually not too bad. I agree with other reviews in that it tastes like a very sweet ginger ale soda. Only slightly tart, nowhere near sour. I also get some light lemon and cherry flavors. Aftertaste is a little vinegary. Really this tastes like it could be some kind of soda pop.

M: Bubbles are very active in the mouth. Body is pretty light.

O: One of the most unique beers I've ever had, although I would not have this again.

Jul 23, 2013
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GRG1313 from California

3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light white (yep,....a light semi-clear white) with no head but for a small rim of white bubbles. Looks a bit like water with some fresh lemon squeezed in.

Nose is 100% pure assertive ginger - period. It even has that peppery spice ginger nose.

Mouthfeel is actually medium bodied fresh, citric with crisp bubbles and a spritzy carbonation.

Flavor profile - wow! This looks like water but the flavors just come on like gang-busters. What a surprise! This is a giant hit over the head with big super sweet, rich, ripe assertive ginger. This is "ginger ale" of the best kind. I have to confess that this does not taste like beer. It tastes like a really good, well made, very sweet ginger ale. It has big ginger spice and a bold pepper character. There is a hint of "sweet/sour" in the flavors. You'd give this to your kids if you didn't know better.

This is all big bold sweet ginger soda. I love it - but as a sweet soda, not a beer. I believe that it's supposed to be a sour wild ale - it misses a bit, except for the finish where there is a slight light sour finish. I get zero hop character whatsoever in nose or flavor profile

Finish is big, spicy ginger candy and spice, again with just a hint of sour.

Conclusion: You like sweet ginger ale - this is for you.

You want a ginger "toned" beer that "shows" the hops that's supposed to in this one - perhaps this is not for you.

I'd give it a 5 for a ginger ale soda. However, as an "American Wild Ale" I'm not so sure that it hit its mark. More soda than beer, despite the fact that I like it. Judging is going to be tuff for this one.

Jun 19, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. I was intrigued to try this purely for the novelty value anyway, but I know there's another kombucha beer coming up in my future, so I thought it would be nice to have a comparison.

Pours an insanely light coloured yellow-white, almost transparent apart from a fine hazing. No head forms at all, and indeed there seems to be very little carbonation either. Body looks a little thick, but maybe just because it's so still. It's unique-looking at least, but I don't really know how to rate it.

Nose is tart and earthy, with a slight organic undertone, and masses of ginger. There's something biting and refreshing about it. I'm getting oranges, a little pepper, green apple juice, some tannins even a little oak. It really quite complex and very interesting.

Taste starts out similarly, with clean, sweet-tart characters of green apple skin, lemonade and sour candy. But there's an undeniably earthy, organic and slightly unpleasant aftertaste, quite possibly SCOBY-related. It gives the beer an unsavoury character that reeks of old yeast or garbage sitting in the sun. After a while, the ginger rears up a bit more strongly, leaving a spice character which almosts masks the organic note. The tartness is nice though on the front, and when the ginger comes through more, there's a very nice transition from the acidity to the spiciness.

Feel is light and prickly from the ginger spice.

Overall, this is very interesting, and something I'm pleased to have tried. I don't think it's something I'd drink regularly, but the refreshment is good enough that's it's certainly something I'd consider again.

May 14, 2013
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy pale straw color. Thin white head fizzles itself out in moments which is typical of open fermented beers. Le sigh.

Smells like tart ginger. Tastewise TGG opens up with tart, sweet lemonade like too much Crystal Light powder in the mix. The ginger heat comes in back. Refreshing as all get out. Light, granular mouthfeel like bits of ginger will get stuck in my teeth. Maybe they will.

Picked this up awhile ago for the wifey on a snowshoe trip. She loves ginger and I figured it would be either really bad or really good. It was really, really good.

Apr 20, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

DISCLAIMER: This is not actually a beer. It's a fermented kombucha culture that's fruited/spiced and hopped. There is no malt used whatsoever. Just saying.

Now that the legal is out of the way, this stuff pours a clear sallow, with about as much head as a post-Terror French aristocrat. The nose comprises a pervasive sweet-sourness (think blue raspberry Lick-a-Maid powder, especially the sour variety), bright ginger, candi sugar, and a tiny touch of lemongrass. The taste hints at the same sweetness as found in the smell, but then a blast of harsh ginger, grass, green tea, and funky lemon rind comes in and Tunguska-blasts every good thing that ever hitherto existed on the tongue. Luckily, this phenomenon disappears just as quickly as it came, leaving me with a light bit of vague tartness and sweetness resting in my mouth. Thankfully it's clean, but that fact hardly makes up for the savagery that just swept through. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a limpidly slick feel. Overall, this is just an offensive mess, plain and simple. Luckily, it's not hurting the world of beer so much as the world of flavored alcoholic kombucha...

Mar 13, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light lemon yellow with a little bit of carbonation bubbling, but no head in the traditional sense. Looks a lot like carbonated lemonade. Pungent aroma of ginger and citrus tartness; a little acidic. Flavor is very tart citrus, mostly lemon, lactic acid, ginger and a hint of tea. Finishes tart with some wild yeast. Light bodied with nice active carbonation giving a decent mouth feel. As I poured and smelled this, I was going to protest the "American wild ale" categorization, but after tasting it, I have to say there is overlap between this and sour wild ales. This is most reminiscent of a carbonated, sour ginger lemonade, but with hints of lactic acid and wild yeast (I see from quick research that Brettanomyces can be part of kombucha culture, so the overlap with wild ales is pretty solid). That being said, this tastes less like beer than any brew I've had. Very refreshing, interesting, and unusual. Sadly, I'm not a sour ale fan and while fun to drink, the tartness was bit over the top for me after half a glass. Credit for it delivering what it promises.

Feb 16, 2013
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sendsilk from Florida

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

Okay, I had this 'beer' at a tasting last summer. We had a bunch of high gravity beers and A LOT of different bottles. Some guy from MI was the and pulls out this bottle and I had no idea what to make of it. Io really enjoyed it so I actually sought out some people to help me get it and I finally did. Here's my review:

Take this "American Wild Ale" categorization with a grain of salt. I've had over 1500 different beers and this is about as individual as they come.

I'm not going to give you the usual L, S, T review since this is a different beast. This is fairly highly carbonated and looks like murky lemonade. Here's the kicker. This shit is REFRESHING as hell. The first time I tried a shandy, I thought it tasted like dog shit. Really terrible. This beer nails the crossover of a delicious tea/beer/malt liquor style of beverage. It's somewhat tart and sweet with the spice of the ginger really playing well with everything else. If the geniuses that had invented Zima had given it a refreshing, delicious tart/sweet combo like this beer represents, I would be happy taking a 12 pack to the beach and drinking it all day.

I LOVE this drink and if I could regularly find it, my fridge would never be without some of this in it. Try it with an open mind (and it helps if you've had a tasting with about a dozen different stouts) and this beer will really help break things up.

Well done!!!

Jan 25, 2013
Triple-Goddess Ginger Kombucha Beer from Unity Vibration
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 98 ratings