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Hi no Maru Ale

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Brewed at Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)

Style: Bitter
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
世界の「Toshi Ishii」レシピ提供、世界の「Kiuchi Brewery」醸造により世界に誇れるエールがコンセプト。新商品リリース前の最終パイロットの2種類です。あなたはどちらがお好み?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (22726) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Cask at Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy amber/copper. Aroma of ripe strawberry and kumquat. Mid sweet with light body and soft mouthfeel. Kefir and strawberry, notes of caramel, Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1030) - ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
Draft to a plastic cup @ Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2014. Pours amber, no head. This beer has some light fruity aroma - bit of sweet malts and maybe even some honey. Taste has a bit of bitter bite up front, then it goes on with sweet malt and some fruit notes. Aftertaste has some nice lingering bitterness and sweetness. Could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4168) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2013
Cask 4%  650 yen for 300ml at 23 Craft Beerz, Nagoya. Great amber color pour filled to the brim, mild malt aroma. Medium body that goes down smooth. A nutty, bready beer with a sort of candy sweetness to it followed by a sharp hop bite. Really appetizing & a nice surprise from a brewery I have never heard of. They also had their Hinomaru lager. As it warmed up what had been hints of mustiness solidified into a mild ripe cheese kind of flavor but strangely enough I wasn’t put off. The beer stayed light & appetizing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (3448) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2013
Tap at Craft Hands as Hinomaru Best Bitter. Same % and style though, so I guess this is it. Amber colour, very little head. Barman scooped it out for the genuine real ale feel. Aroma is malty, quite sweet, little bit fruity, little bit stinky. Brown bread too. Taste is quite strange. Bit of caramel, but somehow savoury caramel. Apples and sausages, but really not sure what it is. Definite fruitiness. Quite an interesting one. Pretty flat but I think that is intentional. Can’t decide if I like it or not. Definitely interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
Cask at Vivo, Ikebukuro. Clear amber - bubbles. Caramel. Herbal hoppy. Sweetness. Light wooden fatness. Honey notes. Orange. Tobacco. Amber malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndySnow (6310) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Golden amber colour with a white head. Strong citrus aroma with some hops and malt. Flavour is bitter, citrus, some malts and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (8845) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
Cask at JCBF 2012. This was so-called version 2, with British style hopping. Clear bronze with bubbles. Leafy hop and cabbage nose with grass and light malts. A bit unpleasant. Light, thin body with nice light malts and ok hops. A bit boring and raw.

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