maekchu (1469) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
biirusaikou (293) - - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely fresh kiwi nose. Kiwi, caramel malt, strong hoppy bitter finish. Interesting kiwi IPA experience, the bitter/fruity combo is quite refreshing.
jbeatty (849) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
shoulderbroken (1507) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
AndySnow (1825) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Mild hops aroma with some citrus. Subtle IPA flavour.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KyotoLefty (5593) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
EdKing (1561) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half in Devilcraft, Shimbashi. Clear amber, medium white head. Would expect some haziness for an IPA. Nose is a big big Nelson Sauvin hop profile. Tropical fruit, pine citrous and what I call that smell of rain on freshly laid tarmac. Taste is big mouthfuls of tropical fruit, pine, citrous and yes, that rain on tarmac again. Balance is very nice with good body and malt back bone to carry the hop kick. This is very good. Wonder if it’s single hop?
TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Definitive kiwi ipa. Beyond balanced, tons of Nelson sav, excellent backbone. Arguably a pale ale, but if that is the case, a new benchmark has been made. After coming back from NZ recently, I am very confident in saying this is a benchmark, or near a benchmark. Only 8wire can compete with this quality.
After having this many many times over the past 11 months, I can say the first batch was clearly the best and deserved the 4.0 rating. However, since then, this been has fluctuated between 3.0 and 3.6. it still should get credit for the first batch I tasted, but new rating reflects first rating and numerous other samples this year.