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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Special bottom-fermented lager brewed exclusively for the US market


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (927) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold but just a tiny bit of lacing and not really any head at all. The Sorachi Ace hops are quite powerful in the aroma and there is also a slight earthy/oaky character. I’m assuming this is from the hops as well. Pretty intersting. The flavor has a lot more complexity than I was expecting. That same dank/citrus hop note along with a stronger note of oak and vanilla; almost like this was wood aged. Not clean at all like a pilsner but more like an aged ale. Moderate bitterness and a pretty clean finish. Overall, this is a very intersting beer. The wood/vanilla notes are unique and I love Sorachi Ace hops. A different, but well put together beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brentv (361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
Poured from a 550 ml bottle. It’s an orange colored clear brew with a small white head and no real lacing. Aroma is strangely smokey and tropical fruits. Taste is quite sweet, too sweet for my taste, but with nice tropical fruits and and interesting complexity. Sticky mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Sweet, slightly hoppy finish. Less interesting toward the bottom of the glass, and rather tired of it before the glass is empty. Enjoyed as probably my last beer in Narita, Japan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (366) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
55 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Ski. Pours amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is fresh, with herbal and some tropical fruits.Flavour is quite sweet, but it is nicely balanced with a good good malt base and a good amount of funky hops. Fruity taste and a long clean finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Medium white head. Hazy yellow body with visible floaties. Earthy caviar (??!?) aroma with salty eggy notes. Dry earthy caviar taste with papery fruity notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry earthy plasticky spicy aftertaste with herbal fruity notes. Deeply odd, but not actively unpleasant. Don’t think I’ll ever have this one again. (0.55l bottle, wine monopoly web order.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (531) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2014
Lys oransje med lavt skum. Aroma av malt og sitrus. Smaken er kraftig sitrus, gjær og malt. Noe humle. Mildt bitter og litt tørr. Medium konsistens.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11250) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from Alesbymail. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is dusty, malty, fruity and old hops. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 240314

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2230) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2014
Tasting @ Salon del Gourmet. Golden colour with a white head with short duration. Aroma has notes of sweet bread, good maltiness, and citrus notes. Flavor is slightly sweet with a good proportion of malts, jinger hints witha good presence of alcohol and bready notes. The final is sweet with a good duration.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jinroh (366) - ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
Draft to a plastic cup @ Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2014. Pours quite clear, amber with a bit of foam. Aroma is nice, herbal. Sorachi? Tropical but not sweet fruits. Taste - it is crazy! Nicely sweet and has some curious fruits. From the tropics, I am sure. Malt base is strong but it has some powerful hop aromas on top, mellowed by a lagering process. Feels quite sweet and enjoyable. A big pils - wonderful!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Another good one from this brewery-they really have opened up my eyes to Japanese beer.Orange appearance and a small head. A combination of unusual flavours including maltiness make this a very interesting one. Aftertaste is fruity making for a complex and interesting beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (12562) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Bottled @SBWF 2013
Clear copper-amber color, steady white head. Woody, earthy hoppyness in the nose. Medium-bodied. Woody hoppyness in the flavor. Dry although has some fruityness.


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