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Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer | Big City Brewing CO LTD

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Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger BeerRoyal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Brewed by:
Big City Brewing CO LTD

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 05-23-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Jcbroome
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gaddabble
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cknoch
1.39/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This may sound harsh, but in my opinion this beer is one of the most vile creations of man. A ginger beer is supposed to add a spicy ginger element whether you are drinking it straight or using it in a cocktail; however, the Royal Jamaican ginger beer tastes almost purely like a ginger extract has been dumped in at an overly aggressive rate. It took me two hours to finish this beer (only finished it because I hate wasting beer), and the whole time I felt like the experience must have been some universal punishment for a terrible deed I no longer remember. I have had many other ginger beers before and so I can't understand why anybody would waste their money on this. Essentially any other ginger beer is 10X better than this, do yourself a favour and look around.

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Photo of deonreds
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow, no head or lacing. Smell is strongly of ginger. The taste is quite sweet and is gingery. Somewhat refreshing but a bit too sweet, too muck like a lemonade.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz. can, perhaps some sort of coded canning information on the bottom. Acquired a single can of this oddity as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Product of Jamaica" "Alcoholic Ginger Beer" "Beer brewed with ginger". The side of the can appears to read: "Brewed & Canned by RJ Rums and Spirits Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica".

Poured into a 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Paletas can glass.

A - Pours a murky yellowy-greenish body, has almost the same consistency as dirty lake water. Conjures no head, merely some bubbles that audibly die out fast. No lacing. Looks like soda. Looks good for what it is, i suppose.

S - Aroma is authentic spicy ginger root all around. Some hints at white sugar, representing the soda part of this beverage. No noticeable "malt" or traditional "beer" qualities coming from this.

T - The flavor is straight-up authentic ginger root spice, with some natural tasting white sugar thrown in there. Some unfavorable heat burns on after the swallow. Again, this mostly tastes like regular soda, with no noticeable malt or traditional "beer" qualities, nor any conceivable alcohol. Much too hot for my liking, however. Has a sort of Big Red / cinnamon bubblegum flavor that is just overwhelming for me.

M - Feel is smooth & crisp, but the overwhelming ginger spice prevents one from being able to sip this stuff quickly. As another reviewer stated, this is probably not something you'd want to drink on it's own. The body is light, with some sugary sweetness & wet cardboard flavors lingering on the finish.

Overall, not good. I suppose it achieves what it was going for, but this is not something i will be able to finish.

Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer -----2.5/5

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a murky gumdrop-like color and produces no head. No surface foam, no lacing.

S- Smells like ginger ale.

T- Immediately, I have the same problem with this that I do with hard root beer. It tastes good since I like ginger ale/ginger beer but when I drink those beverages I like to take big swigs and the alcohol in this prevents that from being a pleasurable experience. I will say, the intense ginger is quite nice and gives a pleasant burn. Pretty sweet as well.

M- Lots of ginger heat on the palate and in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and a light, syrupy body.

O- I bet this could be used to make a killer dark n' stormy, but to drink it on its own isn't something I'd aim to do ever again. Good for what it is.

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Photo of colonia25
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never had a ginger beer, and won't have one again. Not qualified to really weigh in on how this compares to others of its ilk, but the taste profile was not at all to my liking. The ginger had a biting, medicinal character in a light and heavily carbonated body. The aromas were similarly strong, somewhat astringent, and unenticing. I do enjoy an occasional ginger ale, but the alcohol in this, while low, clearly makes it into a markedly different drinking experience I'd not repeat.

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Photo of torwart68
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HouseofCarol
4.59/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Ginger, love this beer!
I taste ginger, candy, right amount of sweet.

It lights one up.

It did not have any of the bitter taste of most beer!

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Photo of Brandon632
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.44/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steveknows
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this beer i wish it was higher alcohol content but other then that it is my favorite

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes good for what it is, so what, wanna fight about it?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a tiny patch of extremely thin film and faint traces of a ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of fresh ginger over the top of light aromas of lemon. Hints of grainy malts in the background.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lemon citrus and moderate to strong flavors of spicy fresh ginger. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, pairs nicely with spicy foods. Doesn't taste like there is any alcohol is this at all.

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Photo of GypsySon
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The ginger kick is pretty strong, which I like... but I get why some people aren't a fan.

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Photo of Noonan425
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love ginger beer soda if I can get the stuff with a nice spicy kick. This has it and alcohol to boot. Really enjoy this.

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Photo of Fred_swick
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a ginger fan, you need to try this. It is very low in alcohol (4.4%), but huge in taste.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle brought from coolwines, Sweet up front with spices then a bit of heat in the throat followed by more heat but it's not uncomfortable. Quite nice.

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