Dandelion Ginger Tonic
Scratch Brewing Company

Dandelion Ginger TonicDandelion Ginger Tonic
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Scratch Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,922
4.25 | pDev: 8.94%
Nov 26, 2023
May 08, 2013
Formerly: Spring Tonic

Sour ale brewed without hops

This is the new name of a Scratch classic that you know and love: the Spring Tonic. Made in the spring with fresh green plants in the garden and our own estate-grown ginger, this sour beer bottle conditions for several months before release. We wanted to emphasize that this beer is a great year-round beverage and although we make it in the spring, it's not a spring-only beer--hence the change of name. But it's the same beer you've grown to love and we have it in abundance now at the brewery!

Brewed with pilsner malt from Sugar Creek Malt, honey from Royal Bee in Steeleville, ginger from our farm, and dandelion and clover greens from the garden. Fermented with our wild house culture. Tart, spicy and refreshing.
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle. No dating information found.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Fizzy head that does not last but bubbles do burst at the ring. No lacing.
Aroma of ginger, greens, and flowers.
Taste is sour and expresses peach and apricot, with ginger spice. Fermented greens. Aftertaste becomes slightly sweet but still sour.
Medium mouth feel. Dry and tight finish. Okay carbonation.
Earthy and rustic.
Nov 26, 2023
Rated: 4.62 by kicktothehead from Illinois

Apr 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 4.45 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this beer on tap at the Craft Beer Cellar in Dallas.

Absolutely wonderful, powerful smell. Intensely herbal and earthy. Taste follows this with ginger, lime, pepper and rustic floral notes. Slightly tart and funky. Excellent fruit, very refreshing. Looking forward to more from this brewery.
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On draft at PaPPo's Pizzeria. Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of floral notes, ginger and tart lemon. Sweet floral taste from the dandelion, spicy ginger and tart lemon.
Nov 06, 2021
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Rated by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Unbelievable!!!!! Totally awesome!!!!
Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This beer pours a cloudy, murky ruddy brown wit almost no head. The aroma is full of bright fresh ginger with a touch of lemon juice. The flavor is tart, spicy and earthy, with strong notes of ginger and lemon, but also green, dirt, and a rindy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation. Overall this is sensational - it reminds me strongly of my moms homemade ginger beer - but the complex flavor carries so many elements well. The spicy ginger, the sour lemon, a piquant herbal tone, and the broad earthiness,
Nov 19, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look: Cloudy brown with a mild orange tint. Heavy carbonation on the pour with a bit over one finger of fizzy head that rapidly dissipates.

Smell: Strongly like ginger beer.

Taste: Tart and puckering, balanced by a mild sweetness. The flavor of sliced ginger and lightly floral herbs.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation.

Overall: A highly refreshing beverage that blurs the line between beer and something else.
Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
L: Deep peach-orange. Opaque with a short fizzy head that fades to nothing quickly. No lacing.

S: Overwhelms with ginger ale, and a touch of hard cider. Ever so slight floral dandelion that I would not place without prior knowledge.

T: Wild ale sourness and mostly but not totally dry. Spicy beyond it’s ginger roots, definite cloves. Possible peppercorns in small quantity.

F: Nicely medium bodied, smoothish despite being sour and highly carbonated.

O: More dandelion as it warmed slightly and with the bottom pouring. Not a thing I would run back to, but we’ll-executed and a worthy change of pace. I would love to try the 1/3 ginger, double dandelion/clover version.
Jan 10, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Open Bottle - Tinley Park, IL

Spring Tonic is glowlingly copper. By that I mean, it is polished and bright. Good clarity runs throughout and the dirty white, sudsy foam crackles to a sturdy cap in no time. While the foam crackles away as quickly as it appears streams of carbonation can be seen lurching to the surface while other streams shoot past. These bubbles keep a light ring around the surface.

The nose on this stuff is wild. Right off the bat your hit with the most refreshing, high quality tonic water that you could hope for. It's big, bright quinine off the bat. There's a really well rounded floral quality that compliments the tonic well. A tart fruitiness makes up the remainder and it's in the form of yuzu with a good dose of ginger. Like I said, this stuff is interesting. It makes my mouth water immediately.

The flavor pops as bright as the nose but not quite as layered. Softly acidic yuzu and freshly grated ginger kick it off and bring an instantaneous refreshment. The middle is very naturally floral without even thinking of reaching that perfume like artificial quality. It's softly mineral driven, thanks to the house culture. The clover and carrot tops add a bright, lively snap without becoming vegetal. This stuff is good.

The body leans toward light but it also lingers after the swallow. A sturdy tartness seems to invade every square inch that this beer touches and remains until the next drink. It could use a slight bump in carbonation but that's a minor gripe. The drinkability and refreshing quality of this beer is off the charts. This could be drank all day long.

Spring Tonic is a really fun and interesting beer from Scratch. They really did manage to pull out the quality tonic component using uncommon ingredients. This beer is about as bright and quenching as you can get. I'll be picking this one up again for sure.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by loganburgh from Michigan

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by fosters9 from New York

Aug 11, 2017
Dandelion Ginger Tonic from Scratch Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 61 ratings