KansaiBeerLvrs (1656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beer Keyaki spring 2014. Still no hop slave. A clear light copper gold pour with a thick foamy off-white head. The condition the beer has been served in here are quite good. Surprisingly malty with mild citrus & pine needles aroma. Medium to light bodied, it has a clean green earthy pine bitterness. Easy to drink, a solid IPA.
KyotoLefty (6176) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at 1020. Toffee and orange in the nose, light diacetyl. Amber-orange color with lace. Sweet orange and caramel flavor, a bit buttery. Somewhat bland. Ok bitterness.
TimE (3108) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
light amber color. Pineapples, apples and pale malts. Well balanced, moderate bitterness. Lighter bodied
shoulderbroken (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Atsugi stand at the Kanagawa beer fest at the Yokohama brewery. Real Ale version. Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is lots of hops. Some maltiness too, but mainly citrus hops. Taste is similar, feels quite boozy. Citrus, bit of caramel malt. Nice bitterness at the finish. Fairly flat, guess that is the real ale element. Quite nice though.
jonno (2275) - JAPAN - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Soft, toffee malt nose, some wheat and vegetal hops. Good, kinky body. Decent bitterness on the end, but this is not a hop daddy. Good, slightly spicy body to keep in check - this is very much about drinkability over hop complexity.