shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is great, light cheesy funkiness, bit spicy, earthy too. Taste is good, tropical fruit but lots of spice, pepper, bitter, grapefruit, cream cheese and chive. Yum.
willisread (634) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Deguchiya in Naka-Meguro. Poured into a snifter. Hazy brown color with modest soapy head that leaves yeast grazing the surface of the beer throughout the glass. Nice caramel, toffee, cinnamon aroma. Overly sweet with a touch of sourness on the palate. Pepper is also present on the finish. Overall great malty, sweet IPA.
Hallucigenia (1) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a market full of pungent, savory, ostentatious Rye IPAs, this came as a surprise, but after a couple sips I realized a pleasant one. The sweet qualities from the caramel and fruit are elegant and not overdone, and work well with the rye, giving it a pleasant, festive "spice loaf" character, at the risk of making the beer sound desserty, which it isnít. Fans of IPAs might find this drinks closer to a pale ale in terms of hops, but I think a higher IBU would have overshadowed this beerís strengths. This may have been a nightmare to brew but a dream to drink. Highly recommended.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Nakameguro Taproom. Pours cloudy with small bubbles. Thin creamy head. Gold, the color of pitch resin. Floral hop aroma. Flavor of sweet honey with ruby red grapefruit.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Wow the nose is a joy to behold. A floral bouquet of hoppy joy. The mouthful unfortunately is a little thin, which detracts from the flavour. The malts are solid here, as is the hops on top. If this were a little more full bodided they would truly be on to a world class beer here. Lets hope they tinker with this and improve it next year! 2012 version. Excellent, excellent IPA. Lots of citrus and a bit spicy. Could be drier, but thatís a minor quibble.
KyotoLefty (7369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 On tap at Cheers. Light copper color with a thin head. Aroma: quite hoppy, with light malts. Light rye feel in the mouth. Good maltiness, caramel and fruity, but light. Great hops.
sunevdj (3448) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Timís RPJG#2. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Smells of hops. Sweet and hoppy. Bitter. Lots of hops aromas. Medium bodied. Dry finish. Medium to high carbonation.
Capa (2240) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper color. Light citrus, malts, some spicy tones, a little rye in the aroma. Very mellow flavor. Light hops, malty though I wouldnít say English style, grapefruit, no rye to speak of. Smooth bodied. I was a little dissapointed in the lack of rye as I usually am in rya ales, but besides that itís a good, mellow, easy drinking IPA.
(Draught during Nakameguro IPA festival)
maekchu (2632) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Thanks to Robert Y. for sharing this. Deep, serious hoppy aroma. Gold honey color. Tangy, peppery initial; sweet, malty mid; final is peppery and tingly. Medium body. Pretty damn good. The hops are along for the ride the whole way.
Theis (14293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Timís Place. Clear amber - white head. Rye, fruity, sweet notes, bisquit, ok hoppy, spicy notes, citrus, grassy, nice resin, grape fruits, ok bitter finish.