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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Amber Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rich, exquisitely balanced Amber Ale with flavourful roasted malts and aromatic British hops. All-round food beer, great with spicy foods and hearty winter dishes.
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black  Hops: Chinook, Cascade  Original Gravity: 1.064


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
petewhitley (491) - Nagoya, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2015
spruce, caramel, coffee, brown, light sweetness, lightly bitter, bitter finish, medium body. Very dark, and bit dirty for an amber ale. Deep forest aroma. Nice balance of sweet/sour upon first taste, but fades into a somewhat unpleasant resiny bitterness. Hard to say if each sip is worth the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4340) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle from Ruprai, Birmingham. Good beer. Spicy, dry, slightly tangy, ruby, ruddy ale. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (5759) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice at home on 10th Sep 2015. Cheers son for winning this for me. Off white topping to a reddy brown body. Malty, yeasty nose, Belgian like in fact. Some hop bitterness arrives in the aroma once the maltiness has elapsed a little, or I got used to it. The taste is also malts first with the hops coming through later, mild yeast presence in the background. Highly carbonated, a little too much for me to be honest, almost ’fizzy’ in nature. Dry finish to the taste, but the hop bitterness does not linger, the malts come strong again towards the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (202) - ITALY - JUL 3, 2015
33cl bottle straight from Tokyo. Pours a consistent medium head, white to beige; deep amber to dark ruby colour, quite clear and very nice looking. Smells huge malty, caramel, honey, maple, like autumn. Tastes sweet toasted malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, light chocolate/cocoa; medium level sweetness, nicely balanced by a low to medium bitterness. Medium bodied, very slick and lightly sticky, just low enough carbonation. Tried other amber ales during my stay in Japan, and was never disappointed, the style seems to be popular and always coming from superb malts. This isn’t exception, very nice brew

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Manslow (1018) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2015
Butelka. Kolor jasno bursztynowy z pianą dośc szybko opadającą. Aromat palony słód i karmel. Smak czekoladowy lekko kremowy.Dobre piwo , nagazowanie dobre, pijalne.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swampwater (66) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2015
Aroma: Sour cherries, and a big hop aroma.
Appearance: Deep copper, with a lingering caramel head.
Taste: Hops, malts, slight coffee flavour., and a nutty element.
Palate: Very bitter throughout. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: This beer is your typical amber ale. I really enjoyed the hoppiness, but it was nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
grubypawel (322) - - MAR 7, 2015
Pours clear dark amber with some beige head. A caramel aroma witth hints of red fuit and toffee. Low bitter finish. A bit too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2269) - GREECE - FEB 25, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Dark copper color with beige head. Aroma is malty, caramel, dusty, light butter, hoppy, piney, grassy, light fruity. Taste is sweet and bitter, malty caramel, hoppy piney and fruity. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2041) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
330ml bottle from Seijo Ishi in Shinjuku station. Poured into a shaker pint. Deep amber and rich brown color with a nice tan head. One of the darkest ambers I have experienced. Nice lacing for an amber. Nice prune, raisin aromas on the nose with vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon, toasted malt and caramel undertones. A bit of resin and pine needles come through as well. Nice balanced between malt sweetness with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Very well-balanced amber. Medium body with a nice medium dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (963) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle. Nice ruby colour, big off-white head. Nice drak fruit aroma with malts and a hint of something like vanilla. Very smooth with a nice hop finish.


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