Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer | Big City Brewing CO LTD

Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger BeerRoyal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer
57 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IronDjinn on 05-23-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of biboergosum
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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 dmorgan310
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 nickfl
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wordemupg
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into pint glass 27/7/11

A too many bubbles to determine clarity in a straw yellow body, cola like finger of foam fizzes out in seconds and carbonation leaves the surface looking like a pot of boiling water, different for sure

S smells like flat ginger ale and lemon

T spicy ginger with some diluted brown sugar water, its so basic but I like it

M this is the kind of beer I need to have a beer after too kill the spicy heat, tingles the mouth for sure and leaves a ginger heat on the finish

O doesn't drink like a beer at all but I found it pretty easy too drink

must love ginger and not something you could drink all day, interesting but I wouldn't call it a "beer"

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

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 allengarvin
1.59/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

A: Limpid, cloudy yellow, absolutely no head at all.
S: Smells pretty much like Pine-sol.
T: Absolutely cloyingly, sickeningly sweet. I couldn't drink more than a tablespoon. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had.

Ugh, avoid avoid avoid. This is sweeter than sodas, sweeter than lemonade.

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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 IronDjinn
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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 schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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 Corson
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A very pale, foggy yellow that is similar to the colour of lemonade or ginger ale. Zero amount of head.

Smell - Fresh ginger, lemongrass, and citrus notes.

Taste- Sweet honey, and tangy similar to a pop/soda. Ginger flavour comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation on the tongue. Starts to tingle at the end as it goes down your throat.

Overall- For the style of beer, this is quite refreshing. A perfect compliment for a warm summer day. The ginger will also clear out your sinuses.

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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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