Ninkasi (the beer god) is kind. The other day, I went into my local liquor
store looking for a bottle of Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock, which was
reportedly in stock. Unfortunately, it was in stock-before I got there. The
beer had sold out, much to my dismay.
Ninkasi, it seems, was merciful to me that day. Noting my disappointment,
she offered up a newly arrived four pack of specialty beers brewed by Boston
Beer in the stead of the Liberator. As it turned out, I was well pleased
with the Sam Adams beers, though I shan’t give up my quest for the
Liberator-it was merely relegated to another day.
For now, though, I sip a bottle of Samuel Adams Traditional Ginger Honey
Ale. Apparently, this particular beer in the collection is based upon a
recipe of none other than Thomas Jefferson himself. The beer salutes our
nation’s brewing history, as represented by the brewing propensities of our
Jefferson reputedly favored a brew that he and his wife crafted spiced with
ginger, lemons, and wildflower honey. Boston Beer has recreated that brew
using the same ingredients for inclusion in their collection. I must admit
that they have a winner here: perhaps not something that will put
Anheuser-Busch out of business any time soon, but still a brew I would love
to see offered up in six-packs.
Samuel Adams Traditional Ginger Honey Ale pours to a cloudy yellow
color with a very light head formation and a spicy ginger nose. The palate
offers up a smooth maltiness that serves as the backdrop for the spices:
mainly, the ginger. The palate just bursts with fresh ginger flavor, like
biting into a raw slice of the potent, pungent root.
The sweetness of the honey balances just slightly, and you can taste that
too, although to a lesser degree. Finally, the citric character of the lemon
peel is apparent too, and it marries wonderfully with the ginger, especially
in the finish, which intensifies in spiciness and is slightly tart.
Of all the beers in the Brewer Patriot four pack collection, I think
this one begs to be served with food. It would be the perfect accompaniment
to spicy Thai or Chinese dish, especially one that is ginger-lade in and of
itself. For a ginger lover like me, that’s true nirvana.
Don’t miss this one.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For
reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.