jonno (2130) - JAPAN - MAY 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid. That is what could always be said for the Tek IPA and it remains the same here. The English/US hybrid is given a more rounded body thanks to the yeast change, but doesn’t allow as much flavour to be imparted as the original. Full bodied.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber brown color. The nose is hoppy but lacks the depth of am ale. The mouth is very well balanced, estery and well made, but honestly does do a lot for me, but I really apprecriate the effort and creativity.
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Slightly cloudy amber colour with small beige head. Aroma is wheaty, bit of citrus hops, lemon, bit of cream. Taste is wheaty, fruity and bitter and a touch floral. Small prickle in the mouth, bit of spice. Nice.
KyotoLefty (5904) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tadg’s. Deep orange-brown with a fine head. Salty hop nose, grass, pine, a bit of orange, mellow malts. Soft fruity malt flavor, light caramel, mellow and smooth. Nicely bitter, no so evidently a lager, but certainly different from the IPA. Strawberry, some cherry, yeasty and smooth. The fruit came out nicely as it warmed, though with a somewhat strange, interesting character. Good, though 1 was enough.