Dandelion Ginger Tonic
Scratch Brewing Company

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Scratch Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,595
4.28 | pDev: 8.41%
Nov 22, 2022
May 08, 2013
Dandelion Ginger TonicDandelion Ginger Tonic
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.45 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -14.7%
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 +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Unbelievable!!!!! Totally awesome!!!!
Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 3.53 by swierczt from Connecticut

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by avas from New York

Aug 02, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with some hints of dandelions and clover.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of ginger along with notes of the various types of field greens.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and refreshing. The ginger can be a little overpowering, so it might have been nicer if the other ingredients could have been a little more prominent.

Serving type: bottle
Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by samEBC from Belgium

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Jun 15, 2017
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Light orange with a subtle, particle haze. No head to be seen. Citrus and ginger aroma. Ginger is heavy on the palate. Lemon and orange zest. Herbal character. Wouldn't have pinpointed dandelions if I hadn't read the description but they are definitely distinguishable. Light wet body with no carbonation. Very good. Lively, bright, earthy, spicy and herbal. A perfect summer sipper.
Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 3.19 by desint from Belgium

Jun 04, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 12, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by unclekeith from Alaska

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep, somewhat cloudy, orange body; no lasting head. Lots of floral and citrus notes; lime; gin in the aroma. Intense sour and acidic flavors, following closely along the lines of the aroma. Medium-heavy body; sharp and acidic on the tongue.

This is probably one of those love-it-or-leave beers, but if you love sharp and tangy citrus flavors, this is a beer for you.
Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 4 by kylemckinnis from Colorado

Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 4.56 by dddddddd from Washington

Feb 22, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Looks like a cantaloupe mimosa might, no head.

Very bright and eye-opening ginger with loads of herbs and lemon perfume the nose and translate very well in taste, with a nice, dry finish making this alcoholic-tea-like concoction a healthy-seeming pleasure to drink.
Nov 14, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by Mumbled from Tennessee

Oct 31, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by afsdan from Colorado

Oct 27, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
of the recent scratch stuff to come around, this was delicious, but arguably my least favorite and least impressive in general. still awesome beer, but i wanted to taste some of these unique ingredients a little more. i love these guys, and am always blown away how prominently some of their interesting additives come through, especially in the single tree series stuff and the mushroom beers. this just tastes like a ginger wild beer to me, the carrot tops and the dandelion seem to do little more than add a vegetal bitterness, not really as flavorful as anticipated. the ginger is fresh and spicy though, and really pretty pronounced. the sourness is cool, less wild and more acidic than i hoped it would be, but still far from one dimensional. citrusy acidic, but not nearly carbonated enough (on tap) for what it is. i will have to grab a bottle and see if is any more lively, but that really cut back on this living up to what it could be. more from the carrot tops and the dandelion would also improve this one. still, nothing but love and respect for what these guys are doing. definitely making some of the most unique beers in the world, and i am so glad they sent some beer out this way finally. all of the rest of them that came in aside from this one were mind blowing. this is still great, maybe some time in the bottle will charge it up a bit!
Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 4 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Sep 05, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed during The Culmination Festival, August 20th, 2016.
Aug 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
33cl bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body, one finger white head, great retention, not much lacing. Lots of bubbles coming about, which is nice. Smells of crisp ginger, floral notes, spices, light sweet clove and touch of bread. Really, really nice. Flavour is unique; lots of floral and ginger notes, tons of interesting flavours for a beer that doesn't have any hops. Not sure about carrot, but there is mild-moderate acetic acidity to go along with the floral and ginger. Not particularly funky. Again, the floral and ginger notes are really nice here. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, closer to medium, incredibly refreshing with good carbonation. Tons of flavour for a 4.4% beer. Overall- my first Scratch beer, and I'm quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. I look forward to trying more from them.
Aug 16, 2016
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