I cheated a bit because I popped open a Gingergrass to share with my friend Katy before reviewing it…so this is the second time I’m drinking it. But this time, I’m taking a bit more care in analyzing Gingergrass.
Maker: Golden State Cider
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Container: Can (poured into glass)
Tasted: at Home
Availability: CA, OR, WA
I really want to talk about the cans, I am OBSESSED. The subtle details of the drawings of the ingredients on the side and that cute otter. The orange text bouncing off the white cans just grabs my eye. Just notices that the top rim of the can says ” Crafted with 100% splendidly crisp West Coast apples, zesty ginger, lemongrass, and that California vigor.”
The cider is described as “Spicy ginger and zesty lemongrass elevate the crisp apples used in this vibrant cider.” Golden State then says to “enjoy Gingergrass on its own, or pair with pad thai, ramen, ceviche, or your best friend. You wont be disappointed.” I wasn’t disappointed, Golden State. Even if I paired it with myself. (Sourced from the Golden State Cider website)
To start, the ginger aroma springs out of the can. When poured into the glass, the ginger aroma grows and the lemongrass quickly follows. It pours a light, hay color with medium carbonation.
Ginger tickles the tip of the tongue (say that 5 times fast) and lemon rests on the lips. Lemongrass and ginger come back together on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is minimal, just hints of the carbonation. Lemon stays on the mouth way after the cider is gone.
To close, I really like this cider, not as much as Mighty Dry but it’s close. It’s not sweet and the name is loyal to the flavors. Gingergrass is probably best consumed in the park on a hot, summer day with a friend.
Rating: 4/5 stars.