KansaiBeerLvrs (2271) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at the brewery. Akari Shogun is a light cloudy gold with a filmy ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Juicy lemon/citrus aroma from the oz/NZ hops. The taste is light wheat but mostly fruity citrus and quite juicy. A solid beer.
jsquire (3537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale golden color out of the can with a foamy, sticky white head. Fresh tropical fruity hop nose with lots of orange notes. This is a hoppy wheat beer with tons of tangerine and orange citrus flavors, some tropical fruit sweetness and a coarse bread maltiness. Very nice beer.
tastybeer (1770) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Hazy gold pour, small white head. Some retention/lace. Aroma of wheat, citrus, grassy hop. Taste is bitter, wheat, citrus, quite hoppy. Palate is average carbonation, slick, bitter finish.
tectactoe (2200) - Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Very cloudy, apricot colored body with a semi-chunky, off-white foam that settles quick but lasts for a while as a foamy skin & collar. Aroma of juicy orange flesh, soft wheat, hint of lemon-lime, a bit of earthiness, & a minor tropical fruity note thatís hard to pinpoint. Almost like pineapple but very, very subtle. Taste represents more of an earthy & spicy hop leaf flavor, much like a Noble hop would. Dense, with a solid, biting bitterness. Lighter, uplifting fruity notes of orange, citrus, & faint gooseberry pile up nicely over the soft background of heavy wheat & some doughy malt. Lingering, ashy leaf bitterness with a very small dash of citrus peel & wheat. First few sips didnít captivate me, but over the course of the can, this one really opened up nicely. At 5.5% this is nice & crushable, too. Very nice hoppy wheat ale that showcases a heavier spicy/ashy" hop profile than most, but does so nicely.
egajdzis (5385) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of light floral hops, citrus, wheat, tropical fruits. Taste of toasty wheat, toffee malts, citrus, light pine, and a hoppy finish.
charule (1210) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Three Aces. Poured hazy dark yellow with thinning white head. Aroma of fruity citrus kinda danky. Light carb med bod. Taste is drying with not fresh hop taste. :(
Damico (2647) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy white lemony unclear with a white head. Aroma is a bit too subtle, notes of juicy tropical and citrus fruit. Flavor brings delicious fruity citrus Motueka hops that dominate that palate so nicely and bring a juicy body. The flavor of the wheat comes on the backend.
Hair6a11 (1373) - Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Pour is cloudy lemon gold with a frothy, fine bubbled two finger white head into this glass. It retains on the average side, with some cob web presence. Thereís certainly a deficiency in the style out there ; therefore, itís a welcome addition to anyoneís local repertoire, I believe. I canít speak directly for Motueka hops, lacking the brewing experience in it but the distinction is fairly immediate here. Thereís a floral note but itís earthen, with light tangerine presence and a hint of spice. The flavor profile is more bittering hops than I suppose I expected, and thatís ok. It moves to peach, citrus rind, with a mild mannered balancing act from the malt bill. The wheat is feint initially, and that is also ok : their goal was to highlight the hops, and frankly the mouthfeel and bitterness level reminds of Daisy Cutter, which is not a surprise.
raymow (831) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - this reminded me of an IPA - just not super hoppy. Pretty good stuff.
jtclockwork (8780) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours cloudy gold white head. Nose/taste of wheat, grain, banana, toast and hops. Some grass. Medium body.