I’m not entirely sure where I got Naylor’s Ginger Beer from but I found it in the beer cupboard when I was looking for something a little different, so decided to crack it open.
Naylor’s Ginger Beer is part of their Brewers Choice range, this is a range of seasonal and one off beers that the guys over at Naylor’s experiment with in order to try and encapsulate the flavours of that season using various malt, wheat and hop combinations.
It pours a hazy, gingery orange colour with a medium thick off white head, The aromas sticky and sweet, there’s a decent whack of ginger, a little bit of malt and some caramel sweetness there for good measure.
Flavour wise Naylor’s Ginger is quite sweet and malty, The ginger is definitely there, but it isn’t as prominent as in the Williams Brothers Ginger Ale, there are hints of sweet fruit and toffee. The finish is refreshing and surprisingly dry for a beer that is quite sweet.
It’s a decent attempt at a ginger beer but it is a bit like a traditional bitter that has had a bit of ginger added to the recipe, instead of a beer that has been specifically brewed to be a ginger beer. It’s a tasty enough beer but It’s not something I could drink more than a couple of bottles of because of the sweetness.
I love ginger beers especially ones that have bags of ginger flavour to them, some people preffer them sweet and less firey – if that’s you then you will probably love this beer.
It does however go quite well with a nice spicy chilli con carne that cuts through the sweetness, plus the chilli and ginger is one of my favourite flavour combinations.
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