shoulderbroken (1987) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Silvan7 (668) - Samarate, ITALY - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Stew41 (1735) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
KyotoLefty (6299) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
thebeertourist (4778) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium head. Exotic fruits aroma. Complex fruity and somewhat bready flavours. Well-carbonated. Interesting.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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).
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.)
jdjuice (321) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - AUG 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.