Juju Ginger

This one was a real disappointment for me.  I’m a big fan of beer (duh) and an even bigger fan of ginger.  So naturally I assumed that this brew from Left Hand Brewing Company would be a big win for me.

Wrong.  It was merely so-so.

The taste of the beer was pretty good. I thought it was similar to a Singha or some other Asian-stlye ale. I guess I just expected so much more.  I wanted a blast of ginger, similar to something that I would get in a ginger beer.  That’s what I wanted, even though I knew it wasn’t realistic.  Ginger infused beers just don’t taste like that.  I would have settled for an undertone of ginger, however.  Just a taste.  Something on either the front or back end of the beer.  Just a little something of ginger wafting over my palate.

Didn’t happen. 

It just didn’t bring the ginger flavor.  Nada.  And really disappointing considering that the word “ginger” is right in the name of the brew.  So as a beer…fine.  As a beer brewed with ginger…fail.

My rating: 4 out of 10.

Dale’s Pale Ale

Saw an interesting can of beer the other day at the local distributor.  It’s called Dale’s Pale Ale and it’s out of Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado.  Didn’t wind up picking it up for some reason or another, but lo and behold my lovely lady came home with a sixer of it just the other night.  She’s too good to me.

Wasn’t in a Pale Ale mood for a couple of days (shocking), but I finally got around to trying it last night with some Thai food.  Not sure if that was the best combination as there were all kinds of tastes zooming across my palate, but it was still a mighty fine beer.

No where on the can does the company refer to it as an IPA, but it sure tasted like one to me.  Once I got past the initial malt aroma it was all hops.  Big and meaty.  Lots of fruity flavor and aroma as well, although I can never seem to pinpoint exactly what I’m tasting.  Might have had something to do with the Thai food as well.  You live, you learn.  My overall reaction was a pleasant one, but it didn’t leave me wanting another right away. 

As a side-note, I actually am one of those freaks that likes beer out of a can.  Especially in the summertime.  I think we beer consumers are going to see more and more canned beers coming down the turnpike in the coming years.  Make sense, in a way. No savage light can permeate those aluminum cans to destroy our lovely brews.

My rating: 6 out of 10