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Aqula Kiwi IPA

Aqula Kiwi IPA
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Brewed by Aqula
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Akita, Japan
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (12742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
Draught at Craft Beer Market Toranomon. Clear golden - white head. Knækbrød. Citrus. Fresh hoppy. Light sweetness. Light bitterness. Lots of fruit. Nice bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (262) - ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2014
From a plastic cup @ Japan Brewers Cup Festival 2014. Looks pale, a bit hazy. Aroma is not too strong but reveals some oily and pine-needle character, hinting a hoppy brew. Taste is bitter as it should be - but remains perhaps a bit watery. Aftertaste is long, bitter and enjoyable. Some sweetness in the body, has some passionfruit aromas and taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2013
Draught at Tadg’s. Some good stink, (and maybe some diacetyl?) Honey color. Sourish fruit, dates beyond their date, almond/cyanide / mid goes to a light fruitiness / finish is balanced and then the hopping goes on and on. Medium body. Rock ’n roll. The NZ hops really carry this one through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (410) - - AUG 21, 2013
Lovely fresh kiwi nose. Kiwi, caramel malt, strong hoppy bitter finish. Interesting kiwi IPA experience, the bitter/fruity combo is quite refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (943) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Draft at Ant ’n Bee, Tokyo, on 06/28/2013. Hazy golden orange pour, small creamy head with fine ring of lacing. Aroma is light, fruity peach,melon and mango, toasted caramel malts. Tasts is light fruitiness, orange rind, long piney herbal finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Aroma is great, but would prefer a bit more sweetness to balance the mostly bitter taste profile. Still, pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
Tap at iBrew. Light amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is nice, NZ hops, fruity, peach bit of grapefruit. Taste is nice too, fruity again, nice bitter finish, bit of a spicy malty bite, but mostly hops. Exactly what I expected it to be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity cereals and tropical hop fruitiness merge in this cuddly IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the hazy dark amber, lacing nicely.
-Hop fruitiness actually recalls kiwis.
-This was a well-tendered cask, so kudos to Watering Hole as well.
-While this is not a world beater, I would definitely have more of this if I saw it again.

On cask at Watering Hole.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Mild hops aroma with some citrus. Subtle IPA flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - MAR 5, 2012
Decent enough IPA - but did I miss something? Certainly not of the quality the others below speak of. Not a full on hop fest - more a balanced effort of toffee malt and summery kiwi hops. A solid bitter finish. Good presence, but I can think of half a dozen Japanese IPAs I would rate higher. I could easily agree with tim’s assertion that this is a pale ale - probably more so than an IPA. As a pale ale it drinks VERY well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5894) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 4, 2012
Draught at Q-Brick. Batch 2. Grass and citrus nose, light caramel malts. Copper with lace. Grass and sweat, minerals, light caramel malt backing. Very well balanced and smooth, oily body. Nice stuff.


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