Portsmouth Ginga' Ninja IPA
Portsmouth Brewery

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American IPA
3.8 | pDev: 15%
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of Boto
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub. This one pours a clear, coppery amber color. There was a bit of a frothy white head on it that left lots of lacing. Nice nose. There is a big shot of piney hops, with a little bit of ginger in there too. The taste is very good. Piney hops, with a fair amount of ginger. Good malt body behind it. An interesting and nice variation of an IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours typical looking almond amber, with a darker amber head, showing moderate retention and leaving respectable lace on the glass.

Lite ginger on the nostrils with some peppery spice.

Notes of the expected ginger with a quality dose of grainy hops. Ginger adds nicely to the mix, adding some complexity while not really getting in the way.

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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ginga' Ninja IPA
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz glass

Pours a mahogany brown with a minimal head on top. Interesting trails of lace.

Nice hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus and spice.

There is a nice malty backbone with a slick feel on the tongue. Carbonation level is low. The hop profile is significant with flavors of orange, brown sugar, black pepper and ginger. A spicy and interesting IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewery, served in an imperial pint glass. Interesting concept that, for the most part, delivers.
A hazy cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head. Good deal of lace.
Ginger aroma up front that tickled my nose. Herbal notes next. Caramel malt in the background.
Taste was more resiney pine up front, with the ginger taste being more secondary. The hops really lingered. Nice caramel base.
Medium-bodied, crisp.
I knocked a little bit off the Overall because my palate got tired after the first beer. I think the combination of ginger and hops make for some tough going. Definitely not a session beer. One at a time is plenty.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of ffejherb
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to dpuia for sharing this bomber on 10/31/11.

A - Poured a chunky, light earthy brown liquid with lots of yeast particulates and no carbonation. The swirly grayish head dispersed quickly to reveal some spotty lacing.

S - Initial nose is quite earthy with an abundance of herbal notes as well as plenty of ginger character. Overall though, it is not very inviting and kind of muddy.

T - Hop character is non-descript although quite earthy. However, the bitterness comes more from the coffee character rather than any hops that I can detect. Instead, I get hints of chocolate, soy sauce, tobacco and herbal leafy notes. Finishes with a leathery, old medicine chest kind of flavor, if you can imagine.

M - Light syrupy texutre with low carbonation, giving the mouthfeel a watery vibe overall. Finishes with a touch of herbal hop bitterness.

D - Hmmm... not diggin' this one at all. Bitter? Sure. But this ginger, herbal thing just isn't working for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On [email protected] the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 10/1/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a thin covering of off-white head. This maintains a decent looking rich foaminess, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides and hangs in there with some light spotty froth. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and a bit leafy, with underlying notes of zesty grapefruit, pine, and caramel malts. The sweetness of the malts is working nicely with the citrus flavors here in the nose and while the ginger is present, adding a lively spiciness to this, it is in no way overdone.

The taste has more of a solid hoppy Red Ale base to it (but that’s IMHO), with a lot of green citrus flavor that is balanced by strong malt notes of sweet caramel and toasted bready character. Like the aroma, the ginger adds a zesty feel throughout the bulk of the profile, while the finish on this is more aggressive with lingering pine, spice, rind, and final smack of bitter fruit. There is maybe even a touch of lingering sugars and ginger that stick to the lips a bit as well after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a strong prickliness most of the way through the feel but this does eventually give way to more of an underlying creamy feel that comes forward right as you are getting ready to swallow. Alcohol is very well hid, with just a touch of light warmth on the tail-end.

This was really solid and I loved how the ginger flavor nicely not only complimented the assertiveness of the hops but also how it spiced up and melded nicely with the bulk of the malt character here as well. As this warmed, the balance and flavor integration really picked up and this overall became a most delicious and easy drinking experience. I should have grabbed a growler of this one to go. It’s that good.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My lucky day! I have a fresh growler of a new beer from Portsmouth and the honor of the first review.

This is a red ale / IPA "finished with" ginger root as the website says.

Pours cloudy orange - brown with a tight cream colored head. Very well laced; fluffy sticky panels decorate the sides of my glass.

Scent is citrus and floral with a very slight zing of gingerroot.

Taste is complex. There's ginger, lemony citrus, caramel and molasses - gingersnaps spring to mind. There's a tea-like bitterness typical of a red ale. Toasted notes. There is a fantastic balance between sweet, doughy, cookie-like flavors, toasty malt notes, and mild citrus hoppiness. The ginger is quite subtle and mates both with the lemony citrus notes and with the malts wonderfully. Neither overly sweet nor astringent.

Mouth is creamy and soft with a nice weight to it.

This is an unusual ale that comes together with typical Portsmouth panache. Well done as always, guys.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served from the tap into an Imperial Pint glass at the Brewery. This is a red IPA with ginger added. Definitely a unique combination.

Appearance: Amber to light brown in color with some red highlights throughout. Pours a one finger beige head.

Aroma: Lots of big spicy notes from the floral hops and the ginger. A bit hard to tell when one ends and the other starts. Some nice caramel backing to break up the bolder flavors upfront.

Taste: The ginger is way more dominant here. Huge fresh ginger notes upfront. Some nice citrus and pine notes as well. Subtle caramel notes provide a nice backing. I really like the ginger flavor and it definitely delivers, but I feel that the ginger is a tad overpowering and makes this hard to have more than one glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall, a nice IPA with some huge ginger character. The use of ginger is not subtle at all and wore a bit thin by the end of my glass. An interesting experience and something I would definitely try again gvien the chance. A really unique, tasty offering from the Brewery, but only try it if you like fresh ginger.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 603BeerMe
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Ginger, so here goes some Ginga' Ninja into my Imperial Pint glass at the Brewery.

A - Cloudy brown/orange/burgundy. Interesting color. Creamy head sits on top nicely.

S - Citrusy, slightly hoppy with a fairly strong Ginger aroma. Very nice!

T - Lovely! Light hops & a wonderful Ginger flavor - not too overpowering, just right. Slightly bitter, lemony/citrus flavor as well. Similar to Thaizenhemier minus the lemongrass, which is odd, given the citrusy aroma & taste. Ginger snaps come to mind.

M - Soft, creamy & just right. Not too thick, not too thin.

O - A great beer! Another hit from Portsmouth. A growler fill might be in order before it kicks. It would pair well with an Asian themed/inspired meal.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5 day old growler into a snifter.

Light muddy brown in color.  Bar tender called it a "Brown IPA"... so be it.  White foamy head ring and a few globs of bubbles float around. Any time I agitate the glass, fine bubbles rise around the edges.  Very good lacing.

Up front are citrus hops; tangerines and a touch of grapefruit.  Some pine in there, too.  Bready, caramel malt in the background.  Faint smell of ginger.

Initial flavor is faint ginger quickly followed with piney, floral hops.  Caramel malt and a touch of ginger in the background.  Finish is grapefruit bitterness and pine resin which coats the palate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a nice IPA, even though it is brown.  Picked up this growler while stopping by the brewery for the first time, wish I had time to sit down and try their other offerings.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Portsmouth Ginga' Ninja IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 25 ratings