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Hidatakayama Pale Ale

Brewed by Hida Takayama Beer
Style: English Pale Ale
Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken, Japan
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2379) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2014
Tap at Craft Beer Server Land. Cloudy golden, not much head. Taste is citrusy, bit of biscuit, light bitterness. Aroma is malty, light hops. Perfectly nice if a little unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (786) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 14, 2013
bottle from takayama market. bomba al luppolo. l aroma di luppoli è potente e piacevole. erbaceo, aromatico e pungente. colore ambra opaco schiuma bianca spumosa persistente ottimo lacing. gusto sbilanciato sul luppolo. difficile captare altro. forse un che di fruttato (mele?). attorciglia la lingua.finale astringente intensissimo e improvviso.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (709) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2012
Very nice, and not what one would expect from a Japanese microbrewer. Aroma is mainly light fruit and pour is an apricot amber with lingering head. The flavour is intially light apricot which then moves quickly to a pleasent bitter finish. Would classify this more as an American Pale Ale over an English style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1784) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2011
Solid enough but fails to lift from what is a fairly large pack for this style. Mildly hoppy with some passionfruit but there’s a slightly "off" note that suggests the bottle wasn’t in the best condition. Relatively low carbonation for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle (500ml) at Sosuke Ryokan, Takayama, Room 8. Cloudy golden/amber – white head. Nice hoppy, grass, citrus, grape fruity, light resin, medium malty, fruity, nice crispy, grainy, toasted, knækbrød. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6909) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2008
Draught at Eni-brau in Osaka. A very fruity, smooth, and mild version of a pale ale. Medium caramel malt richness, with bready taste, medium to light hops, bubble gum. Good balance, with just enough hops. Super smooth. Very well done and understated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium head. Exotic fruits aroma. Complex fruity and somewhat bready flavours. Well-carbonated. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This frail Pale Ale has a few basic cereals to accompany the grassy hop presence, but its shyness and lack of cohesion got disappointing real fast.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam dissolves into the pale blond.
-The grassy, fruity hop nose is quite subtle.
-The maltiness provides few flavors apart from distant caramel, and just enough body to carry the beer.
-Bubbles are large, but soft.

Can; best before July 31st (had on June 28th).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
Medium shiny offwhite creamy head. Very light brown body. Light fruity hop aroma. Dry, watery fruity hop taste. Very mild and clean, maybe a bit too clean. Tastes like lager. (0.35l on draft.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdjuice (373) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - AUG 5, 2006
Tap in Takayama. Unfortunately my nose was all stopped up so I couldnt smell anything. Was quite pleasantly surpised with this beer, I ordered the house ji-beer and this is what I got. Very nice dark color, refreshing carbonation and very nice hoppiness. Was almost like a cross between a pilsner and a pale ale, I dont know what kind of hops normally go into a pale ale, but they were included in this beer along with pilsner style hops. Very well balanced, refreshing and delicious. Expensive though, a pint or so set me back 800 yen. Egad.

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