71 / 100
22oz bomber purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. I was intrigued to try this purely for the novelty value anyway, but I know there's another kombucha beer coming up in my future, so I thought it would be nice to have a comparison.
Pours an insanely light coloured yellow-white, almost transparent apart from a fine hazing. No head forms at all, and indeed there seems to be very little carbonation either. Body looks a little thick, but maybe just because it's so still. It's unique-looking at least, but I don't really know how to rate it.
Nose is tart and earthy, with a slight organic undertone, and masses of ginger. There's something biting and refreshing about it. I'm getting oranges, a little pepper, green apple juice, some tannins even a little oak. It really quite complex and very interesting.
Taste starts out similarly, with clean, sweet-tart characters of green apple skin, lemonade and sour candy. But there's an undeniably earthy, organic and slightly unpleasant aftertaste, quite possibly SCOBY-related. It gives the beer an unsavoury character that reeks of old yeast or garbage sitting in the sun. After a while, the ginger rears up a bit more strongly, leaving a spice character which almosts masks the organic note. The tartness is nice though on the front, and when the ginger comes through more, there's a very nice transition from the acidity to the spiciness.
Feel is light and prickly from the ginger spice.
Overall, this is very interesting, and something I'm pleased to have tried. I don't think it's something I'd drink regularly, but the refreshment is good enough that's it's certainly something I'd consider again.