Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale

I know that a lot of readers will not agree with my reviewing of alcopops on the site. But, they are gaining in popularity and Val likes them, and I keep this blog so that I know what I liked and didn’t like. So, with that being said, given the increased prevalence of these on shelves, you’ll be seeing some more of them, for better or for worse. This one is an alcoholic ginger ale from Coney Island, who seemed to be the second brewery to come out with a hard root beer, so it doesn’t surprise me that they’d also be the second to follow with a ginger ale.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What we have behind the curtain will amaze you! Astound you! Astonish you! Hailing from deep in the ground in a far off land comes an ingredient so fragrant and so delightful that a single sip will wash away your worries like waves crashing on sunny shores. Feast your eyes on Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale: a tantalizing libation enhanced with exotic West African ginger. Are you tall enough to ride?”

Random: I didn’t drink much soda as a kid, but I always had ginger ale when my stomach hurt.

This alcopop poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had ginger and some honey sweetness. The taste started with the typical ginger ale flavors. It had ginger and lemon and lime soda. It had a weird twang at the end of the sip that I wasn’t a big fan of, nor could I place my finger on, and then went into a punch of honey sweetness. The finish was lengthy with ginger and sugary sweetness. A bottle of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). This was drinkable, but I definitely couldn’t have more than one and it was just too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale

For some reason, Val is really into getting every single alcoholic soda (or “alcopop” as they are popularly called) on the market. She popped this one open and seemed to enjoy it, so she gave me a few sips.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Get your tickets here! It’s a small price for a thrilling escape. Buckle up, passengers, and hang on to your hats; we’re on a steep track to bring you back to the boardwalk. Some rides are deceiving, but this one is all there. Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale is an amalgamation of orange, vanilla and spice inspired by the deliciously unexpected concoctions you only find on the boardwalk. Are you tall enough to ride?”

Random: One of my favorite sodas as a child was Stewart’s Oranges and Cream.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light tan color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had vanilla primarily and birch beer. Then, at the end, there was orange creamsicle. The taste started with a lot of vanilla and cream soda. There wasn’t much orange to it, which was a bit disappointing, but the vanilla (which tasted authentic) made up for it. I kept trying to find other flavors, but vanilla was pretty much it. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. This bottle set me back $1.82, which was $.15 per ounce. This was better than I thought it would be. I don’t think I could have a lot of them and there is a certain novelty to it, but it wasn’t that bad, I just wish it had more orange notes to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Coney Island Hard Root Beer

Alcopops are becoming all the rage and this one came out awhile back and Val wanted to try it. I kept one for review purposes. I’m expecting this to be “meh.” Hopefully, I’m proven wrong.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coney Island Hard Root Beer is a new twist on an old favorite. With hints of vanilla, licorice and birch, this root beer will bring you back to the boardwalk. Thrilling roller coaster rides and games on the pier. Sand under your feet and waves crashing on the shore. Cotton candy, french fries and popcorn galore. And don’t forget, the joy of an ice cold, frothy root beer on a warm summer day. The gypsy should have predicted this. The most dignified beverage of days past, reimagined for your future self. The wooden planks under your feet and a hot dog in your hand; the only difference is that now you’re tall enough to ride the ride.”

Random: I never enjoyed root beer much as a kid, but I don’t mind it now.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very, dark brown. I couldn’t see any carbonation because of how dark the body was. The nose had a lot of vanilla and birch beer notes. It also had a sweetness and the obvious root beer notes as well. The taste had a lot of vanilla along with brown sugar, sassafras and root beer. There was also a sweet, caramel note. The sweetness then transitioned into an odd, chalky note that wasn’t pleasant. The body was moderate thickness with decent carbonation. It had a long and sweet finish. A single set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). This beer (if you can even call it that) was one that I’m glad I tried, but I won’t be revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Coney Island Tunnel of Love – Watermelon Wheat

This marks post number 1500. A pretty big deal, indeed. I wish I could say this beer was worthy of the honor, but read on…


ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mystery and romance are the foundation of any good relationship and the Tunnel of Love is where it all begins. We provide the romantic swan carriages and chirping birds, but where you’ll end up is anyone’s guess. Hold on tight, this is the place where memories are made. Tunnel of Love™ is like a gentle summer breeze. The scent of watermelon cools your senses before a sweet, first sip opens to a rich, full-bodied beer. A crisp, slightly fruity finish rounds out this lovely ride.”

Random: I love watermelon in salads, especially with a nice balsamic dressing.

This brew poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was interesting. There was a bit of tart melon and I didn’t get watermelon specifically. Maybe cantaloupe? Then, I got a really odd rose note on it that was a bit too much. The taste was unfortunately, much like the nose, I didn’t get much melon. There was that odd floral note to it. It had a bit of tartness to it. The floral note was almost like roses. The body was on the thick side with high carbonation. It had a long, floral finish. I really did not like this beer and I wouldn’t have it again. If you’re going to have a beer that you say is a watermelon wheat beer, I would hope that the dominant flavor was watermelon.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0