Cringer Cranberry Ginger Ale | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Cringer Cranberry Ginger AleCringer Cranberry Ginger Ale
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Cringer Cranberry Ginger AleCringer Cranberry Ginger Ale

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IronDjinn on 11-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Alberta_Beer_Guy:
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, the latest, and current holiday (what? already?) seasonal offering from Alley Kat.

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow hue, with one finger of foamy, rocky, off-white head, which leaves a random sprouting of lace upshoots around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of gingerbread - bready malt and ginger will have that effect - with some otherwise biscuit graininess, and prominent, indiscriminate, tart fruitiness. The taste is bready malt, earthy, moderately sweet and zingy ginger root, and still muddled tart fruit, which, given how many Thanksgiving dinners where I've passed over the eponymous fruit's serving incarnation, I just can't really say if this is the real deal, or not. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium-light in weight, and unperturbed in its smoothitude. It finishes sweet - malty, mostly, the waning ginger and assumed fruitiness not contributing a whole lot further to the cause.

I gotta say, while this pretty much fills the expected titular parameters, and is quite good, it is something you can sip or blast back at will, depending on your predilection for a decent ginger essence.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy dirty golden, decent white head dissipated to random islands with some lacing
S - some sweet spicy ginger, fruity and leafy with a light grainy hint
T - a hint of ginger that lasts throughout, fruity berry flavour with a bit of mustiness, strong bready malt backbone
M - medium to light body, very subtle ginger tingle with a bready finish
O - the key ingredients are both subtle and blend nicely as a result, the main characteristic of the beer is very bready which I'm not always a huge fan of, but it works here

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The winter season edition of Alley Kat's Big Bottle series. From a 650 ml brown bottle, it pours out a hazed yellow ochre, almost seems to have a greenish tinge to it. Two fingers of tight creamy white head.

Bready, slightly biscuity malt character on the aroma, joined quickly by sharp sweet ginger, also a mild tartness.

Solid bready malt backbone up front in the flavour, followed by some ginger which isn't spicy, nor is it sweet, but seems to be kept in check by the malt. The finish has a hint of cranberry that blends with the ginger, while some bold bready malt makes a triumphant reprise before dropping off and allowing the ginger to linger longest into the aftertaste.

While the mouthfeel is medium-bodied, the full creamy texture adds the illusion of more body, while it finishes with a brisk zip of carbonation.

An interesting twist on their ginger beer of last summer, the ginger is less earthy this time around, while the cranberry plays a very background role. While not much of a looker, this still remains a tasty and quenching easy drinker--at least if you enjoy ginger that is.

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Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden straw/yellow colour with a thin, frothy head. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass.

Smell - Light aroma of ginger with citrus notes. Touch of sweetness (almost like honey).

Taste - Floral flavour with a very light, refreshing touch of the ginger. Slight tartness from the cranberries. Not as sweet as suspected from the smell. Light breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation in this light-to-medium bodied ale. Very refreshing on the palate.

Overall - I was expecting a predominant ginger flavour, much like you would expect in a Jamaican ginger beer. The light amount of ginger makes this ale very refreshing and enjoyable. Could use a touch more of the cranberry flavour, especially for the winter season. Another exceptional addition to Alley Kat's big bottle series.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/12/11

A slight haze in a golden orange body with just a slight pinkish hue, very tiny suspended particles being moved around by a couple bubbles that feed a dense bone white head that hangs around for a couple minuets leaving lots of little dots of lace

S big fresh ginger nose with some wheaty lemon and faint cranberry

T as it smells with just a little more cranberry, more ginger then cranberry that's for sure

M a little tangy with enough bubbles to thicken it up a bit

O OK beer but I should have had it with my turkey dinner I might have liked it more

I doubt I'll buy another, the price is right and its not bad but there's just too many other goodies out there I've yet to try

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Photo of bottlerocket24
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of cknoch
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Converge
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Two fingers of creamy white head off an aggressive pour. The beer is a sort of unique straw-amber color with a pretty hazy body. The head settles down to a foamy cap that stays for the whole duration.

S - Big ginger presence upfront with the cranberry funk making a short appearance near the finish. Lots of bready qualities that mesh nicely with the ginger. Some coriander gives it a citric feel as well. Overall, most of the aroma is made up of gingers and other spices.

T - After the strong spice presence in the smell, the first sip of this beer definitely caught me off guard. First thing that hits me is a whole lot of adjunct grains. Lots of corn upfront, with some ginger and spice in the finish. As it warms it seems to improve a lot. The adjunct disappears a bit, and is replaced with more ginger and spicy goodness. The coriander still gives the overall feel a nice citric quality that I enjoy a lot. Some nice bready caramel malt and yeast give it a nice backbone, and the slight cranberry funk pops up in the finish briefly.

M - Medium-to-light feel in the body, with some bubbly carbonation. The spice and carbonation together in the finish is a little much, but the body does have a nice feel to it.

D - Overall, this ale has a nice drinkable profile with a tasty kick of ginger. The cranberry doesn't really show up, however. It was alright, but I doubt I'd look into it again.

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Photo of shadynasty
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Cringer Cranberry Ginger Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 11 ratings