I’ve seen a lot of mascots on labels before, but never a seal until today. Goslings Ginger Beer has a drawing of a seal on it’s label. The seal has a life preserver around its neck with the word “Stormy” on it. This allows me to assume that it’s name is Stormy the Seal which is a perfectly acceptable name for a seal.
Stormy sits on the words “Ginger Beer” and underneath that “The refreshing zip of ginger”. Now ginger is a lot of things, but “refreshing” was never something I’d attribute to it.
Ingredients wise this is comprised of carbonated water, HFCS, natural ginger beer flavor, citric acid, gum acacia, and ester gum. Which one of those ingredients bothers you the most? If it’s not “natural ginger beer flavor” then I’m questioning your questioning ability.
What is “natural ginger beer flavor”? It’s clearly not “ginger” because I believe they’d have put “ginger” on the label. Can you find “natural ginger beer flavor” in the wild? Did they make a ginger beer through natural methods then steal it of its flavor? Isn’t a ginger beer one part carbonation and one part natural ginger beer flavor? SO MANY QUESTIONS! Enough questions, it’s time to drink.
Goslings Ginger Beer has the lightest of scents. The little bit of aroma I can discern is more citrus than ginger. HOLD THE PHONE. This is the Official Ginger Beer of the 35th America’s Cup. How did I not see this? This better be fan-freaking-tastic if it’s the official anything of anything.
After the first sip my concern has cooled a bit. Goslings Ginger Beer may have ridiculous ingredients and be an official something of something, but it’s better than I thought it’d be. The mouthfeel is cool, crisp and refreshing at first. This experience transforms smoothly into the ginger burn you’d expect with a ginger beer. It’s a strong burn, but not overly so. Strong enough that I’m enjoying the pain, but not so much that it’s keeping me from wanting to go back.
On the downside, I am noticing the more I drink this the more the cracks are starting to show. What started off as cool and refreshing is being replace with metallic and medicinal. The burn is unchanged, but overall Goslings Ginger Beer does not build upon itself well. Odd how an experience can change so quickly.
So there you have it, Goslings Ginger Beer starts off well, but ultimately doesn’t meet the mark set by many of the ginger beers before it.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This was purchased at an HEB grocer