Ginger Beer could be classified as a “holiday” soda right? It’s bubbly, spiced, and in this case in a red, white, and green labeled bottle. The Christmas soda I’m speaking of precisely is Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew and the bottle I have is insanely large. So large I’m probably not supposed to drink out of it, but who cares. What if I just wanted over 25 oz of ginger brew?
No where on this bottle does it say “all natural”, but a quick look at the ingredient list would show you it is. If you’re familiar with Trader Joe’s then this didn’t surprise you at all, nor should it come as a shock to see that it’s sweetened with cane sugar. I think it’s about time we open this fantastic top and get to reviewing, don’t you?
The top quite literally popped, so loud in fact that I was fearful that it woke my sleeping baby. If it had the review would have looked something like thls:
Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew
Stupid bottle ruins life.
Verdict - Burn it to the ground
Thankfully it did not wake my baby, so the review can continue on as scheduled.
The scent that so raucously escaped is definitely that of a ginger beer. As it should be, the ginger aroma is incredibly strong and all but masks the pineapple backing it. More than likely I’ll taste the pineapple with my first sip, but it wasn’t strong enough to make the aromatic debut.
Whelp, that’s a ginger beer. The non ginger flavors are a bit more subtle than I thought they would be. As muted as they may be I can still make out the honey and pineapple used in the creation of this soda. The ginger flavor on the other hand is as loud as the bottle when I opened it... perhaps a bit too loud.
Over the years I’ve gotten used to the burn that ginger beers produce. Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew seems overly strong just for the sake of being strong. As soon as the beverage hits my mouth my taste buds rush to experience the flavor before ginger appears. Less than a second later ginger storms into the room and just starts screaming. Yes, we know you’re important ginger and we expected your volume to be a bit higher. Just… just chill out a little, man. You’re name is on the bottle, we know whose party this is.
Instead ginger just stands there screaming with a festive hat on. Meanwhile pineapple and honey are wondering if any of their other friends are going to show up… they’re not.
I must admit the more I drink it the more familiar I’m becoming with the burning sensation, but at no point do I think this couldn’t be improved upon by lessening the amount of ginger used. All in all though this is a pretty good ginger beer. The ingredients are great, the bottle is great, the flavor is ok. Give it a go if you run across it. I’m not sure I’d want multiples of it when better brands are out there, but that’s why you have your own free will.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda was purchased at Trader Joe’s and then given to me by Buttons.