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
Reviews by DaveBar:
Photo of DaveBar
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Open weak and pours no head and light pee yellow.

S- Ginger ginger ginger

T- See above and super sweet

M- Tart

O- Ginger beer. It is what it is.... gut rot.

Food Pairing

This ginger beer went well with... Jerk Chicken, what else!!


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More User Reviews:
Photo of tillmac62
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 226/14. Pours a turbid, off white, very light amber of suspended ginger. No head, lacing or retention. Exceptional nose of ginger over a sweet background with a sweet citrus note. Light medium body with a nice slick oily texture. The carbonation level is above normal with a nice effervescent finish. The flavor profile is 2 dimensional and quite intense. It begins with intense ginger that fades into an intense candy like sweetness. As the sweetness fades, the ginger burn begins with an intensity on the tongue then flows to the back of the throat. The intensity is similar to chili pepper - this baby will light you up. Such makes it hard to assign taste ratings - some will love it's intensity, others shall hate it. If the intent was to bombard you with ginger and it's spicy heat - they have certainly succeeded. Personally, I like this one.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcbroome
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Is this the real ting, mon? Let's find out, eh?

This beer pour a cloudy, super-pale muddled straw colour, with a razor-thin cap of crackling 'head', which disappears in less than a mere instant, leaving no evidence of its existence anywhere near the glass.

It smells of simple sugar solution, sweet 'n spicy crystallized ginger, and a bit of wet grassiness. The taste is rather pleasantly and heavily spicy, zingy ginger root, one soon gang-piled on by a saccharine pale bready maltiness, a touch of above-ground leafy vegetables, and the suggestion of alcohol, in the sense that this isn't just one of those foreign sodas you see in ethnic grocery stores.

The carbonation is, how you say, crackling, in the matter of Ginger Ale, and consequently a tad zippy, the body slick and sugary, and fairly hefty from it - smoothness is not an option with that fiery spiciness wafting about. It finishes with a seemingly rising ginger heat coming around for another big toke after the sweetness starts to ebb away - the effect of this after a few glugs is much more intense than I would have expected.

When you're adding fresh ginger (oh yeah), cane sugar (no kidding) and rum (less obvious) to the mix, you get more of a heady spiced Caribbean mixed drink, than a beer. The real ginger, to its credit, provides a slow, sneaky burn, making this a drinkable enough bevy overall, way better than those other sugar-heavy, diabetes-tempting, and tongue-scraping 'ginger beers' out there.

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Photo of GypsySon
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale straw, looking like good non-filtered ginger ale, no head, but light sparse bubbles rising. Aroma is straightforward ginger ale (good fresh ginger style), not much malt. Light bodied with decent carbonation, despite the looks. Wow, this is a pretty good ginger ale, with the hot, spicy ginger root flavor that I enjoy. I'm getting almost no malt here, except a slight tempering of the hot spiciness in the finish which I attribute to the light malt. In a blind taste test, I would probably not guess there was malt here, nor much alcohol. This is quite good and with a moderate sweetness, which is a positive in the overly sweetened ginger ale world. A good ginger ale, but a odd style for me; I'm not looking for alcohol when I want a ginger ale nor a light sweet beverage when I want a beer. Definitely delivers what it advertises. I like it.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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 mfnmbvp
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
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 IronDjinn
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml brown bottle, shiny gold label. Pours out a pale hazy straw colour with a quick splash of fizzy head and no retention.

Aroma is of sweetened ginger, with doses of warmth emanating from the present ginger as well.

The flavour is of sharp, warm ginger, very faint bready malt, finishing on a sweeter note with the eponymous ginger character. More of an earthy character lingers in the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, slick texture with a brisk, high level of carbonation.

Perhaps leaning more along the lines of a malternative, I would imagine it would be better straight out of the bottle and well chilled. I love ginger so don't find this all that offensive, but would still find it at its best as a hot day lawnmower beer. Very one dimensional, and if you don't like ginger this may be one to pass (unless you're one of those diseased/obsessed ticker types).

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Technohead
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! It has a kick that lingers. A lot of love (and ginger) went into this crafty delight. A mild after burn of ginger stays with you but is subsided with the smooth velvety sweetness and texture that follows. It's slightly sweeter than your normal craft brew and isn't for everyone. If since it introduced it to the neighborhood, it's proven quite the task to even keep it in stock!

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Photo of Noonan425
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
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 Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HouseofCarol
4.59/5  rDev +34.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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 tfsimpkins
4.44/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DustinSWB
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of gruss004
1.72/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like rotten mellow yellow.

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Photo of TripelMark
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Morpheus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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