Ginga' Ninja
Black Hog Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
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3.7 | pDev: 10.54%
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: once upon a time there was a young brew master who fell in love with a ginger haired maiden. he loved her fiery locks, quick wit and samurai sharp personality. he proposed marriage and crafted a beer for her, an original red ale brewed with refreshing fresh ginger and a touch of hoppiness that typified her personality. when she took her first sip at their wedding she knew she had made the right choice. try tyler’s ginga ninja red ipa brewed with 6 lbs of fresh ginger in every batch and hopped with centennial, cascade & bravo hops. if not at your wedding then on a hot afternoon as you wait on your pig to finish roasting, or while chompin on a crisp apple and a creamy wheel of camembert.
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JonJagello from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Art on the can is cool. Beer has a Burnt orange color, pleasant smell, smooth taste with a nice hint of ginger. Very little burn on the tongue. Pleasant aftertaste. Overall, in my opinion, it’s a very enjoyable and well crafted beer.

Sep 26, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small chalice: color is murky dark copper, head is light tan with frothy head, fine to small bubbles, good lacing on the glass.

Smell is light ginger, some toasted malt, light caramel, all a bit subdued.

Taste is light ginger, toasty and caramel malt, more presence and sweetness, then drying from the ginger and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, softer middle, then drying ginger and bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Overall a somewhat muddled beer in terms of its aroma and flavor mix with the malt - hop - ginger interplay of flavors. The ginger flavor is not overdone but does not seem to enhance this beer beyond the base malt/hop balance.

Mar 13, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black Hog Brewing "Ginga' Ninja"
12 fl. oz. can with illegible black ink-jet coding
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Look: Cloudy deep amber body beneath a creamy head of yellowed off-white foam. Very good head retention and lacing.
Smell: Caramelish and toasty malt, ginger, resinous and citrusy hops.
Taste: The flavor follows with aroma with a nice balance between the different components. The ginger isn't too bold, nor is it overshadowed by hops, and the malt creates a display board for both. A stiff bitterness balances it along with some spiciness from the ginger and it finishes dry and spicy with some citrusy hops and a light touch of malt remaining.
Feel: Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that warms in the mouth to become smooth and soft.
Overall: An interesting and well balanced IPA that's worth trying for anyone who enjoys a little bit of ginger.

Feb 12, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thx Knapp85 for the can.

A - Pours a hazy amber red color with frothy cream colored head and sticky lacing.

S - Toasted caramel malt and ginger.

T - Toasted crackery caramel malt, delicate lime, ginger, and a lingering piney bite.

M - Medium body and dry finish.

O - An interesting red ale.

Nov 09, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Tired Hands Teku glass, not sure when it was brewed.

Pours a very attractive light ruby red, with a 2 finger head that leaves, a wall of off white lace.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, Carmel, ginger, sage, and grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot, Carmel, tangerine, ginger, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, moderate carbonation, maybe a whisker dry, and very drinkable.

Overall this is a very nice and fairly different red IPA, the ginger works well and it is a nice all around beer.

Nov 01, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slowly, slowly, The CANQuest (tm) is coming back up to speed after an extended hiatus in support of The Eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the CAN: "Once upon a time there was a young brew master who fell in love with a ginger haired maiden. He loved her fiery locks, quick wit and Samurai sharp personality. He proposed marriage and crafted a beer for her - an original red ale brewed with refreshing fresh ginger and a touch of hoppiness that typified her personality. When she took her first sip at their wedding she knew she had made the right choice. Tyler's Ginga Ninja IPA is brewed with 6 lbs of fresh ginger in every batch. Cheers! Tom, Jason and Tyler".

Ooh, I loves me some ginger, whether it be a fellow redhead or the spice or both! I was anxious to CANduct the Crack! but when I did so, I got a spray across my fingertips acCANponied by some light foaming through the vent. Upon settling, I could see that it was due to being another brimful craft CAN. My gentle Glug into an awaiting glass still raised an unbidden finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of ginger (the root spice)! Wow. This would be really good with Asian cuisine, especially sushi. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was highly spicy, less like an AIPA & more towards an Herbed/Spiced Beer. Hmm. I liked it, but these types of beers make it difficult to rate to style as opposed to taste. I am sure that it was hopped, but the ginger really kind of overwhelmed everything else. Finish was dry and spicy & I would like to reiterate that it would be great with Asian cuisine.

Aug 30, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce can. Lots of suspended particles. Deal amber color and cloudy, naturally. Good head which leaves nice ring lace on the glass.

The smell starts like a crystal malted IPA with a flowery hop nose. There's only a whiff of potential ginger.

The flavor mimics the smell except the aftertaste brings out the distinctive ginger flavors along with good white peppered hop finish. Good body although there isn't a strong malt base.

Aug 18, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I enjoyed the smell of this beer and taste of this beer. I obviously taste the ginger but it isn't enough. Left me wanting more. as the flavor of the ginger is slight. I bought this as a day drinking beer and found this beer to be tough to drink. I had two and was full. This beer overall is fair.... at best.

May 29, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Nice ginger aroma with some sweet cereal grain malt backing.

T- The ginger is odd in this one as that it's felt more than tasted. The first sip sends fumes up my nostrils but the actual ginger flavor is kind of lost. The hops are there providing an herbal element to complement the spice of the ginger. The sweet malt is also there with its contribution of balance. Somewhat bitter.

M- Sharp from the hops and of course the ginger. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Good but it leaves me wanting more of something. More ginger, more hops, something.

May 27, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color and, with a nice bubble show, produces a foamy, molkten head; decent lacing action

Smell: The ginger really comes through in the aroma, pungent and slightly candied

Taste: The malt barely has a moment to set a caramel base when the candied ginger tones burst through; pithy bitterness builds bringing considerable aspirin in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not this Ginger; I will stick with Gilligan's

Apr 19, 2017
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rdilauro from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really beginning to love Ginger beers. This one was so crisp and clean. The ginger is there but it is far from overpowering.
The slight bitterness of Ginger blended perfectly. Very nice and clean finish

Jan 10, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of the brewer, and a creamy red IPA that's better than rated on BA, *(CAME BACK 4-25-19 and re-emphasize this is a fine red IPA, esp if you love red ales, and a lovely tribute to the red bride.)

A: The beer pours a deep amber, with a 3 finger off-white head that fades slowly and leaves ample, thick lace rings.

S: The aroma offers floral hops, citrus, caramelized malts and abundant ginger.

T: The taste follows the smell and begins with floral hops, followed by sweet flavors of citrus marmalade and caramel. The candied, sugared ginger flavor builds, as you go, and it's nice see saw balance of sweet 60% and bitter 40%/ spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body and carbonation, feel and finish is sticky. Satisfying feel.

O: Tasty, strong meditation red IPA. For ginger lovers. Great with Chinese and Sushi.

Nov 17, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light foamy head fades semi slowly, nice lacing, super murky dark mahogany sludgey color.

Nose earthy spicy hops, little rye spicy, candy sweet malt, reddish candy malt, caramel, toasted grain, light ginger, herbal hop too.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, little syrupy, toffee caramel, apple cider, big iced tea herbal hops, mild spicy earthy herbal hops, little spicy rye, fruity rye I think, ginger maybe, herbal spices, candy hop. Finish mild sticky candy malts, herbal tea hops lingering, faint ginger.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky syrupy, decent carb.

Overall sad beer, ginger was barely there, the hops are not very good, malts are syrupy sweet, not very enjoyable.

Oct 03, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can. Pours a clear, dark orange or copper. Sweet citrus hops, sweet malt and some ginger with an earthy element. Ginger is pushed back by the sweet, yet very bitter hops. Piney and earthy hops. Very rich maltiness as well. Sticky feel. Lingering burn and bitterness. Not a fan.

Sep 16, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Ommegang tasting glass.
A: Clearish, almost murky gold with no head.
S: Pretty classic American hops here. Bitter. Vegetal. Delectable.
T/M: Malty, full-bodied, hoppy edge on the end. But there is a savoriness that's not entirely welcome. (It takes me an embarrassingly long time to realize that this is ginger...) Pretty standard hoppy red, with a more earthy tint than some. Aftertaste is more sticky-sweet than dry or bitter.
O: More red than IPAish, which of course biases my palette against it. Still pretty darn good though. Recommended with food.

May 26, 2016
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movethroughspace from Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ginga Ninja IPA

Appearance: A hazy amber with visible sediment. This beer sports a nice head which it retains fairly well throughout the drink. Nice lace. (4.0)

Smell: Smells like hops, ginger, and a bit of citrus. (3.25)

Taste: Mostly hoppy with a malt backbone. I do taste some ginger and you get a little kick of it partway through the sip, however the malt and hoppiness of the beer take over. A little disappointed because the hop flavor is very tame. Finishes dry and a bit bitter. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Warm, smooth, and medium-bodied. Slight carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: Not a bad beer. I could see myself drinking one over a plate of sushi. (3.25)

May 13, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark red body. Ginger on the nose and some pine. Bold bitter punch out of the gate with a big malty body that is just shy of roasty in its flavor. Hints of bright ginger alongside the bitterness.

Mar 07, 2016
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daizee from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this was a surprise!
The thick roasty malts balance the 65IBU really well, and the in-your-face ginger nose gives way to a gentler ginger taste. Really well done. Usually I draw the line at 60IBU, but this beer is a lesson in balance.

Feb 05, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, tangerine, and ground ginger powder. Medium bodied and well balanced. Not the most bitter of IPAs, but tasty. Incorporates the ginger so it complements the flavor and never seems gimmicky. I will get this one again.

Jan 17, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color (brown when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is a near mirror image of the smell, having flavors of ginger that stand out a bit in front of the base of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste has a good balance between the ginger and malty flavors—although it's not very hoppy, the ginger serves in a sense as hops would to help contrast the malts.

Serving type: can

Dec 16, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light to moderate aroma of fresh grated ginger. There are slightly less than moderate aromas of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy fresh ginger and moderate flavors of herbal + spicy hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, flavorful, and enjoyable though I might have enjoyed it even more with a slightly stronger aroma/flavor of fresh ginger. Definitely would pair well with asian food. And it gives me a new nickname for my 1 year old son...

Dec 11, 2015
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Gemmell from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this is fantastic for a ginger IPA. Tons of ginger and some pineyness. The flavor is about the same with a lasting malt sweetness that sort of tingles on the back of the tongue. I'm not a huge fan of ginger but it plays well with this beer. Would definitely drink this again.

Oct 19, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/14/2015 at Tree House Tavern & Bistro, in Warwick, RI served in a mason jar glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of ginger.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of floral hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The ginger flavor starts out weak but gets stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Oct 15, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours amber with slight haze, finger off white head, good retention, lace. Ginger in the aroma with some bread and spice. Ginger is prominent in the flavor as well, almost like biting into a fresh slice, with that grassy piney after bite as well. Good body and malt backbone to even things out a bit, but leans to the bitter side. Medium semi-soft mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall nice tangy twist of an IPA, gotta like ginger to enjoy this.

Oct 13, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is clear copper with tan head. Nose is light white pepper, ginger, and faint tangerine hop. Flavor is even stronger ginger with a lighter hop bitterness, grassy herbal hops. Bitterness lingers, creamy body, a bit high carb, clean hops and not sweet. Just not really my thing.

Aug 30, 2015
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