AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Tokyo Real Ale Festival 2008. Reddish-amber, genuine real ale head. Nice hints of bittering hops within the typical Cascade hoppiness. Well-balanced and assertive malts. Musty chocolate in the finish, well done.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This Pale Ale’s elegant citrusy, leafy hopping is levelled by the fruity caramel maltiness, producing a luscious mouthfeel. Neither American, nor English, this Pale Ale has a mind of its own which you want to explore further after every sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head sits atop the russet gown.
-The mouthfeel was creamier from the lagering tank, I have to say.
-Styrian Goldings in the nose is well integrated, and the Cascade bittering is pleasant and not overdone.
-The honeyed cereals develop fruity undertones which work wonders with the hoppiness.
From the lagering tank at the brewery, and later from the bottle.
KyotoLefty (7339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Qbrick. Deep amber with a thin, fine head. Good amber malt flavor, dry and earthy, with lots of caramel and nice hopping. Strong hop aroma as well. Slightly too bubbly. A dry, tasty, more British-styled PA. Darker than usual, and full or good malt flavor, but not lacking hops either. Very nice.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Label, aside from the name, is all in Japanese characters, though it pictorally depicts Egyptians, pursuing the brewing art.
Bright ruby-red color, beneath a thick, bubbly, off-white head.
Aroma is rather spare, soft, fresh, but suggestive of nothing at all. Some fruit and hops kick in later on, that were not apparent at first sniff.
On first taste, I notice: small hops, but big fruit. There’s almost no hop bitterness here, all is smooth, well-rounded and resounding with fruity flavor. Warm, sweet, delicious, and malty. Hops peek in from time to time, but are never a major component. Very short and sweet finish.
A bright, bountiful ale. Light in body and texture, but that sweet fruity flavor manage to make up for other detriments. Overall, a nice, tasy ale.
Ernest (6598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Popeye Tokyo (rated Apr 2008).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of peach.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A solid, delightful example.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a darker than expected deep rust color, with a small off-white head. Aroma is citrus hops, yeast, malts, and sweet fruit as well. I agree with the others though, while good, the aroma is very muted. Body is medium and smooth. Flavor is fresh. Sweet fruit, citrus hops, and malt. Has a weak hop bite in the end. Nothing extraordinary, but very refreshing. Would be great in the summer.
TimE (3988) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper color with no head. The nose is somewhat muted with only faint citrusy hops coming through. Mouth has a mellow hoppy character and there is a slightly, fruity dry finish. I think the bottle was in my closet too long, I would like to try fresh or on tap sometime.
shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, murky brown colour not much head, little bit of golden bubbles. Aroma is bit spicy, brown bread, bit stinky. Taste is ok, caramel elements, quite sweet, bit of ginger, no hops as far as I can taste. Malty backbone. Not at all what I was expecting for a pale ale. Maybe more like a brown ale. Quite thin in the mouth. Bit of a disappointment. Maybe it was past its best.
omhper (20750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Cloudy orange/brown. Sweet and caramelly. Medium bodied withclean mouthfeel. Stale toffee covered in dust. Tired salty finish.
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at McLaughlin’s, Kyoto. Cloudy brown - white head. Butter caramel, light bitterness, sweetness, caramel, beetroot, earthy, mould, soapy. Infection....