This lager from Surly Brewing Company is brewed with the addition of ginger and cayenne, then fermented on oak to bring some depth of flavor. This thing is ginger-rific, or more like eating raw ginger. Which could be highly pleasing to some, like haggis or watching C-SPAN. For this girl, not as much. The cayenne tends to draw out the ginger flavor, which I guess is the point, but I think it over does it a bit, leaving the beer a little one note—ginger. The 6.2% ABV relieves some disappointment, if only for a moment.
Color: Pale bronze
Taste: For real, it’s all ginger
Finish: Guess….that’s right, ginger
Body: Light to medium