All the way from Jamaica, it's Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer!
I've been a big fan of ginger beer since I was a boy, but as an adult I have found very few opportunities to enjoy the kind of ginger beer you have to get from the liquor store. And on those few occasions, I have been rather disappointed, until now.
You can't evaluate ginger beer as beer, even if it really is beer as this product is. Ginger beer is a whole different animal. None of the flavour notes I look for in lagers, ales, porters, stouts, pilsners and IPAs are present here, or if they are, they are buried under the avalanche of sweet, spicy ginger! After a few sips, you can just start to make out a faint malty hint of lager. The rest is pure spicy hot goodness!
Like most ginger beers, it pours with no head at all to a pale yellow, almost white. But the spectacle is on the your tongue, not in the glass, and that, friends, is where the fireworks happen!
If you don't like ginger beer, or spicy or sweet drinks, you will hate this, and you're nothing like me =) I enjoyed it but it is very over-the-top, and I would find it difficult to continue enjoying it if I were to, say, attempt a 6-pack at once. As a rare treat, it truly is a treat but this is no one's nightly go-to sip, that is for sure! Pairings? Perhaps a tour of Willy Wonka's factory. I can't think of an appropriate food for this.
4.4%abv, about $4 in the 355ml bottle shown. My rating: 7/10. With the low alcohol level, I never caught a buzz.