Honey Ginger
Ardent Craft Ales

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #131
Ranked #40,748
3.64 | pDev: 14.84%
Ardent Craft Ales
Virginia, United States
Notes: Our Honey Ginger is a deep gold-colored ale. The medium- to high-carbonation level enhances the fresh ginger in the aroma. The malt backbone supports the sweetness of the locally-sourced honey and the spiciness of the ginger. A strong, yet refreshing and deceptively smooth summer ale.
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akaizer from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass and the head overflowed about 2/3 of the pour in -- an impressive start! Head settled down pretty quickly thereafter leaving a quite opaque and soothing amber-honey. Scent comes across as ginger with sweetness that I imagine should be the honey sensation. Taste has bit of crispness to it up front -- probably from the carbonation -- with ginger flavor continued up front followed by a fairly long lasting honey flavor and sweet aftertaste. Seems like some sort of spice flavor is around as well. A faint touch of bitterness also lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall something pretty interesting to try -- especially if subtle honey or ginger flavors are something you enjoy.

Aug 21, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ardent.

Pours a clear amber with fine, soft foam.

Smell is sweet and floral with notes of honey and ginger.

Taste is malty and sweet with some floral notes a fine mist of ginger in the background. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice floral ginger ale, where the ginger doesn't take center stage, like it's prone to do. Well rounded and drinkable.

Dec 08, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Capital Ale House, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of ginger along with notes of hone towards the finish. There are also some associated hints of sweetness from the honey.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very gingery and has a nice "bite" on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 10, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian, poured into a pint glass. Had a chocolate brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A fair aroma of ginger, malt, honey, and some indeterminate spices.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt, a tiny bit of hops (mostly in the finish), a tinge of ginger (not as much as you'd expected), mild spices (pepper), and some honey. Kind of an unbalanced flavor. The advertised ginger isn't quite as prevalent as it should be, but overall the taste is OK.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer for the most part, but it has its bright points. Worth a look.

Dec 03, 2017
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Kurmaraja from California

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark orange, iridescent. Minimal head. Aroma is odd - the richness of honey but almost congress across as buttery. Ginger is not apparent. Flavor also has a hint of buttery thickness with no ginger. Not unpleasant but odd.

Sep 26, 2015
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

1.79/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First impression on the smell was latrine :-) combination of dirty bathroom and disinfectant. I couldn't shake that image as I drank it. It's unique and both the ginger and the honey are well-balanced, but I just couldn't shake that first impression.

Aug 15, 2015
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uvachief from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black paper series bomber into a pint glass. Pours a orange brown with a red hue. Head dissipated quickly. Smells sweet like honey with a hint of ginger. Hops are present too but overly strong. Taste is light, fragrant and sweet. Interesting beer. Could swallow a few of these but not really my style. Not bitter at all but had a hop presence. Good solid beer that's unique.

Jul 12, 2015
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Seasmom from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like the taste of ginger, this is your beer. Tingly feel on the tongue. Sort of sweet thanks to the honey. Nice amber color- looks like bourbon.

Jun 28, 2015
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Spindletop from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

As soon as you lift the glass your nose hit with a huge amount of ginger. If you like ginger--and I like it a lot--the aroma is amazing. You get a lot of ginger zing on the palate, along with some residual sweetness from the honey. At nearly 8%, this would be great as a dessert beer.

Jul 03, 2014
Honey Ginger from Ardent Craft Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 53 ratings