Ginga' Ninja | Black Hog Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Hog Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tylerjonz on 07-04-2014

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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Gemmell
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of juicebox
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajchocholousek
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into New Belgium "snifter".

Pours a gorgeous hazy red-orange amber. Big fluffy 1.5 finger head that doesn't want to go away. Leaving some nice sticky, slightly soapy, lacing on the glass. It's got some legs!

BIG wave of fresh, bright, spicy ginger on the nose that intermingles beautifully with citrus and floral notes. An amazing nose here. I can't believe how well the hops and the ginger come together to create an aroma like I've not smelled before! Taste comes through with a lot of ginger. Wow. Strong floral notes and a bit of citrus come and go, making way for some nice biscuity malt character on the back end. I get a subtle spice from the malt...rye? The body nicely backs up the fairly complex flavors, but the taste just doesn't come through with quite the oomph of the nose. Wish it did! Overall, a pleasant surprise! Can't say I was super excited about this one, as I'm not a huge fan of ginger, but I'm glad I got it as an extra! Not sure I'd buy it, or drink more than one at a time, but overall pretty cool. Thanks DanforthPewter!

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Photo of far333
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangey dark copper colored, very clear with a frothy head of eggshell colored foam that lingers long. Aroma of subtle hops and ginger, though I might not have been able to identify the flavor if I hadn't known already. Ginger and hops go surprisingly well together. Ginger adds a bit of a spicy kick, but it's well balanced with the hops. Full mouthfeel, creamy and round, very nice. Interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at KC's Pub in Guilford, poured a darker color than expected, almost brown. Smells of a light ginger note and some resinous hops. The taste is really great, but I can see why this is such a polarizing beer. It's not super hoppy like an IPA. It's quite sweet with some herbal notes in the middle. Finishes with a touch of ginger, nothing excessive. It's drinkable and tasty, but I feel it should be categorized more as a brown ale than an IPA.

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Photo of rack0flamb
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of DeadHead003
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdilauro
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of mackeyse
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JoshJayne
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Thedusanmandic
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichaelT86
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jwburns75
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and am very pleasantly surprised. Canned 2/11/15, nice and hoppy, ginger is a pleasant addition. Really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of ScottieD
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kaos
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ginga' Ninja from Black Hog Brewing Co.
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