Wombata (456) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Passion Fruit
Palate: Light-medium bodied.
Flavor: Passion Fruit, orange peel bitterness
Comment: Pleasant, lively carbonation tickles the tongue.
GenkiGonzo (279) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Bungalow. Cloudy orange, creamy head. Huge tropical fruit hop aroma, just what I like. Nice tropial and citrus fruit with big hop bitterness. Cracking beer.
szagi (10) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Very pleasant friuty aroma, citrusy, mango. Light and smooth. Good bitterness. Refreshing
Theis (13437) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Craft Beer Market Toranomon. Clear golden - white head. Knækbrød. Citrus. Fresh hoppy. Light sweetness. Light bitterness. Lots of fruit. Nice bitter finish.
jinroh (366) - ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
maekchu (2160) - 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 (706) - - 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 (1026) - 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 (2062) - 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 (7860) - 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.