Brewed by Ginga Kogen Beer Company
Style: English Pale Ale
Sawauchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
IslandHaole (1159) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 8, 2010
(Can) A hazy orange/caramel color with a big rocky beige head. A very sweet nose, treacle, spun honey, cookie dough, with a hint of hoppy resin. Sweet, thin, a bit tinny. A disappointing effort from this otherwise solid brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
petewhitley (427) - Nagoya, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
caramel, citrus, amber, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, medium sourness, medium body, creamy. Smells nearly exactly as it tastes: citrusy sweet and impressively sour. The tartness unfortunately covers up most of the nuance from the hops. Having said that, it’s very drinkable as are all of the brews from Ginga Kogen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1522) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Can from Hasegawa Liquors. Cloudy orange amber colour. Fairly standard ale, pleasant sweetish malts caramel, correct bitterness. Ok but somehow lacking excitement or a hook to get you to get another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (386) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2015
Poured into a taster showing very low filtration, a dense/cloudy honey with dried apricot in appearance, sparse white foam around the edges. The nose shows very subtle dried apricot. The palate is well carbonated and light bodied. A lot of light tart steel tank/copper notes. Light malt backbone to support the beer but generally not a lot except a simple English style pale ale. Personally, I find nothing to dislike about this beer. In terms of Japanese craft beer, this is surprisingly competent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2015 Can. Cloudy beer pour with a nice white head. Citrus, caramel, passion fruits. Medium body. Smooth carbonation. Fruity body with a bit unbalanced bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Can - cloudy amber with slim white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste is like it says on the can, bitter and sweet; malty, caramel, some citrus hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tyche (5) - seoul, SOUTH KOREA - APR 21, 2015 does not count
35cl can. Pours deep amber color with beige head. Aroma of caramel and fruity hops. Taste is light sweetness and medium bitterness. medium body, low carbonation and dry finish. There is a comment ’BITTER & SWEET’ on the can. It is literally true.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
willisread (1299) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2015
Can from Food & Company in Gakugei-Daigaku. Malty aroma (caramel and butterscotch) with hints of fruit on the nose. Taste is very malt forward with hints of prune and raisin. Sweet on the palate. Tart finish. I prefer their Komugi beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenkiGonzo (775) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 Can from Yamaya. Cloudy, dark orange. Malty aroma with some floral hops. Flavour is pretty similar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2014
Can at APA hotel, Kukaro. Pours a clear brown. Sweet with a light dryness. Lots of caramel malt aromas. Some grassy hops notes with hints of pine. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish with more caramel. Drainpour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3020) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2014
From a can poured a golden color with a small amount of head. Bitter light hoppy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

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