Honey Ginger
Ardent Craft Ales

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Ardent Craft Ales
Virginia, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
3.62 | pDev: 14.92%
Oct 18, 2019
Jun 19, 2014
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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Rated: 3.62 by Boone757 from Virginia

Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Original review from August 2019: 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.

Updated review for August 2022: The look has improved even further (it is a gorgeous pour, +0.5 pts); smell of honey and ginger is clearer (+0.25) but the taste has dropped slightly (-0.25). Feel and overall both have slight increases (+0.25) to reflect a particular enjoyable and smooth summer offering.
Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by nikij from California

Aug 13, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Rated: 3.73 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Aug 10, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by ogoodridge from Virginia

Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Rated: 4.05 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2017
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Rated by jimpyle48 from Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Sampled from draft
Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by gbw5009 from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 3.02 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 4 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Cobratrooper from Virginia

Oct 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Reviewed by johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

1.79/5  rDev -50.6%
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
Rated: 3 by alexkwilhelm from Virginia

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by aapike86 from District of Columbia

Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by McBraniel from Virginia

Jul 24, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jul 12, 2015
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Reviewed by uvachief from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Rated by digitscd from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great summer beer. Smooth and subtle. Not too much ginger, just a hint.
Jul 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Seasmom from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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
Rated: 4.15 by Links41 from Virginia

Jun 18, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by JFear from Virginia

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 5 by AbbieFerguson from Virginia

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 3 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Hopbully from Virginia

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by hoppymcgee from Maine

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by embass from Virginia

Nov 05, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by julielynndubee from Virginia

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by Ihadbeer from Virginia

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by brocktune from Virginia

Oct 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mre0683 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Big_Dave from Texas

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 4.08 by E2dmfj

Aug 31, 2014
Honey Ginger from Ardent Craft Ales
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