Imperial Ginger Beer
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 15.79%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
49
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 18, 2019
Added:
Dec 29, 2016
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  15
SCORE
82
Good
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Rated by Tony210 from New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
Not a good beer - ginger is overwhelming and gross. I had hoped to make dark and stormy’s with this beer. No es bueno.
Drain pour
Dec 18, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a flute from the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy amber with medium bubbles. Head is off white rising roughly one finger's length off the key with zero lacing on the glass.

Smell: Deep finger with hints of lime or lemon.

Taste: Sweet orange and line with notes of what feels like passion fruit. Heavy ginger which is super spicy.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and very sticky brew. Acquired finish which is hard to please anyone with.

Overall: Good brew and great to share with friends. Always in a glass...Salud!
Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.39 by nwhittin from Indiana

Jul 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.26 by zacky_U from Michigan

Jun 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Oct 08, 2017
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Reviewed by jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Cloudy golden orange pour. Not much head.
S - The smell is promising, nice ginger backbone with citrus up front. Some malt but it is subdued.
T - Ginger of course, but not as pungent as, say, ginger in sushi. It's slightly more tame, but there is a nice bite when combined with the lime.
M - Full bodied, maybe a little too cloyingly, but it works.
O - I generally don't like ginger beers but this is one of the more pleasant ones I've had in a while. I don't really care for the ginger taste that skews toward candied, but it is what it is. I'd drink it again for the novelty but probably not seek it out. Give it a try though.
Sep 13, 2017
 
Rated: 2.68 by northos from New York

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Maillard from Ohio

Aug 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Jgolka from Washington

Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Aug 14, 2017
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
8/11/17 bottle
Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet

L - copper gold pour, little to no head

S - Candied ginger, lime, malt sweetness

T - Lime zest, agave, ginger on the back end, rind type bitter notes

F - Ginger heat on the front, thin but refreshing

With a little mint you'd have a moscow mule. Lost between a ginger beer and an ale flavored with ginger. It's a fun beer, but not one I'd recommend to everyone.
Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.54 by bmjivi221 from Virginia

May 24, 2017
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head and moderate carbonation. Taste is big time spicy ginger with lime and I can also taste the light agave. That said the ginger is the unquestioned star here. It adds a prickly, spicy heat. Reminds me a bit of a dark and stormy in terms on ginger intensity. Love the ginger intensity. Will get this again. Would get a six pack of it to see how the ginger intensifies over time.
Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 2.93 by White_Whiskey from Ohio

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.49 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Zach136 from Georgia

Apr 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by Stignacious from New York

Apr 19, 2017
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Delerium Tremens tulip

L: Clear honey golden pour. Scant head with spotty lacing.

S: Ginger and spice. Lime... faint tequila.

T/F: First and foremost... ginger. Spicy and warming... leaves the tongue tingling. Other flavors like agave and lime are very much in the background but the lime does kick in a little tartness. Some sweetness to go with the spicy ginger burn, but the root dominates. Medium in body.. sticky. Finish leaves a bit more tingling on the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: Interesting.. and they hit on what they were going for with a very ginger forward concoction. Not even something that tastes like beer. Good for a novelty or once in a blue moon (no pun intended... nobody wants THAT moon) but would never drink regularly. Maybe something to share on Xmas eve.
Apr 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by docdeens from West Virginia

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 2.73 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 2.57 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear golden body with a very, very small head that's gone in a matter of seconds.

Smell: Sweetish agave syrup, a bit of wheat, citrus and some grated ginger.

Taste: Sweet, even a bit sugary with a sip of lime and agave-flavored soda pop. Ginger adhered to a slight pepper spiciness, giving a flavor that starts a bit too sweet and ends with more heat (and a bit of booze) than is desired.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light carbonation.

Overall: Wasn't a fan. With minimal beer-ish qualities and it's sugary nature, it's more akin to an alcopop.
Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by malfunxion from New York

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by crow from Illinois

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by JohnTurano from Florida

Mar 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by logicalparadox from New York

Mar 17, 2017
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Trying this at Redbeards in Downtown Pittsburgh. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of ginger. The taste was heavy on ginger and slightly acidic. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok...not a big fan of the soda beers.
Mar 16, 2017
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Reviewed by shanecb from Pennsylvania

1.91/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
I logged in after 7 years just to rate this beer. Am I drinking the same one as everyone else is? I genuinely thought this was atrocious, and was surprised it came from a brewery I generally enjoy. It looked great, and I really enjoyed the smell. But the taste.. I couldn't even finish the bottle. I poured it after maybe 4oz. I love ginger beer, so that's not it. It just tasted straight shitty, puckering, medicinal to me. Way beyond what I'd expect in a beer with real ginger and spices in it.
Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$ 14.00 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.292/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
12 oz bottle DOB 12/20/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Sam Adams “Perfect Pint”.
Aroma – ginger and lime, quite enticing and lasting.
Head large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy and thin, rapidly diminishing to a three mm ring and thin complete layer. As the beer level drops, the ring fades away.
Lacing poor. Rare tiny island consisting of one small bubble and several tiny ones.
Body – light gold and clear, effervescent
Flavor – Markedly ginger followed by an instantaneous gastric burn. The lime nicely balances the taste of ginger. There is no hint of normal beer stuff like malt, hops, or yeast.
Palate – Light, watery, lively carbonation.

I love ginger and use it in excessive amounts when I cook Asian style dishes. I even eat the ginger slices in the food. This is the first ginger beer which I have found to not have an excessive amount of ginger. Thank you limes! The aloe? Who knows.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4
Mar 04, 2017
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Was really looking forward to this after seeing all the positive reviews! Never seen an imperial ginger beer so thats awesome!

Looks like a Double ginger for sure deep orange tint tones and a 1/2 inch of frothy head that sticks around for quite a bit. Smells of strong ginger ale, sweet malts, and a touch of cracker malt. Can't say it smells of a ginger snap cookie since it has no spice! Wow I didn't expect the lime to make such a great appearance! Taste of ginger root and lime play quite well and finishes rather sweet. Body is excellent if anything a touch thin for an 8.5% brew it drinks like a lager so be careful!

Overall it kind of reminds me more of a mixed drink but less watery so it's more of a beer. Its good pretty much what I seek out on beer runs as a downright obscure beer. May have it again!
Mar 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2017
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is pretty leftfield for Southern Tier, but okay. An 8.5% ginger beer made with lime, agave and, of course, ginger... probably not much more to explain, so I'll get right into it.

Pours an attractive, mostly-clear medium-amber color with a tenacious head of khaki-esque foam that seems to stick around pretty much permanently. Some particles are easily discernible floating around in the main body of the beer... I'm assuming these are remnants of the ginger used along the way.

Nose is 100% ginger snap cookie; no holds barred. I wasn't REALLY sure what to expect here, but this is just about the best thing I can imagine. For instance, I wasn't sure how the lime would play with the spicy ginger and strong malt bill, but I do get some bright citrusy notes that I feel are nevertheless only going to play a balancing role in the main event here. Southern Tier excels at specific, sometimes unusual flavor profiles, and this feels like a complete hit so far. I'm impressed. The ginger is spicy, the malt is doughy and lightly-sugary, and it feels very balanced. Delicious nose, for sure.

On the tongue, this is a lot sweeter than anticipated, and the lime creates a tart, zippy flash of flavor that is both confusing and weirdly-apropos at once. At first, it felt a bit unbalanced, oddly enough, but it starts to blend into the whole eventually. The finish is spicy and effervescent with a slight tart linger and the beer bears a clever, complex flavor profile that deftly switches between bready, tart and earthy. This seems like it's getting kind of torn apart by some users, but it absolutely succeeds at what it intends to be. Then again, ST pretty much unilaterally pulls off complex flavor combinations, so I'm not super surprised by that. I'm just surprised that this is as enjoyable as it is on its own merits.

Feel is surprisingly light and deft for an 8.5% beer, though I do start feeling it a little bit halfway through my glass. The carbonation seems intentionally dialed back, though, overall; once this gets to room temperature, it seems only very lightly-effervescent. Makes me think it would be great as an ingredient in a higher-octane Moscow Mule or some such cocktail.
Feb 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by Damian74 from South Carolina

Feb 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by richj1970 from Alabama

Feb 23, 2017
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