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

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Special bottom-fermented lager brewed exclusively for the US market


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3212) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a nice tight white head.

The aroma is doughy with some nice floral hop notes. The maltiness comes in a weird way in the aroma... a touch metallic but then bright and fruity as well...

The flavor is just damned satisfying. Lots of fruitiness but not a lot of sweetness. A perfect level of satisfying hop bitterness, loads of herbal and floral hoppiness. Some nice doughy/yeasty character that works well alongside the very clean fermentation of the beer and the very nice crisp maltiness of the beer. Honestly Iím practically floored by the flavor of this beer, it is essentially everything I find satisfying in the best pale lagers Iíve had.... truly remarkable.

The beer has a nice prickly mouthfeel and a long bitter finish.

Hot damn if this didnít smell better itíd make my top ten without a doubt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2677) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
From bottle at Beer13. Pours pretty clear golden with a lasting white head. Slightly fruity aroma with notes of yeast and hops. Reminds me somehow of fermented apples? Balanced and quite nice. Moderate sweet with fruity flavours. Interesting beer. (2013-04-19)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (961) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a small but consistent white head. Aroma is spicy/grassy/citrus sorachi hops, and sweet malts. Flavour is grass, mild bitterness, citrus, and a lighter malty sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1195) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a hazy pale straw color with a nice white head that lasts for a bit. Aroma of bready malts, lemon citrus and grass from the beautiful sorachi ace hop variety. Taste is a excellent blend of the scratching ace lemon grassy flavors and the bready malts. Love the nice light feel on the mouth and the overall flavor, great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop. Pours a bright pale golden with a white head and steady lacing. Nose of grassy hops, lemony citrus, bready malts. Taste shows additional hints of fresh ginger, lemongrass, and light sweetness. Great balance; super refreshing. Lord, if only this were not $5.49 for 12oz.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3373) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2013
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy antique gold with a moderate white head that lasted through the first two sips and left very little lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with some sweet notes and just a hint of lemon. The flavor is malt again with a bit of sweetness and just a bit of lemon. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. No problems.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours light gold with a slight white head that leaves some sheeting. Light lemony, slightly spicy aroma. Taste is spectacular. Crisp, clean, slightly grassy, only a little sweet with a bit of lemongrass. Incredibly smooth drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2403) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2012
Hazy gold with a large white head. Aroma has gentle lemon, leafy herbs, light dough. Alive texture with moderate carbonation. Thereís a cleanness to the palate that distinguishes it from the old one - or maybe thatís just suggestion). Hoppy, but mainly that sets off the straightforward but lovely pale malt. Hints of pears, mandarins, delicate lemon, modest but punchy pepper - probably suggestion again, but comes across as shiso leaf. Dry and faintly woody with lingering spices.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Veiled golden pour topped by a creamy and sticky white head. It makes for an attractive appearance. On the nose, a herbal (sage, dill?), tea-like hop character with a zesty lemon connotation that is both forward and well integrated to the ensemble. Entering the mouth, a fairly simple, yet impressive malt impression hits the palate, akin to the best 100% pils malt lagers or pure Marris Otter English ales. That special Japan barley, whether Iím swallowed by marketing or genuinely touched, impresses me with its delicate tannic qualities, pure barley flavours and soft cerealic chewiness. Hay-like and raw cookie dough impressions accompany this stunner nicely as this lager shows bready flavours that remind of high-fermented Belgian yeast strains. Good dosage between sugars and dryness permits a creamy, unagressive carbonation full of soft large bubbles. The hop are never stealing the show here, just adding the required refreshment in that mountain of barley. Thatís a neat beer, never feeling as strong as 6.5% with very well extracted flavours that never try to reach extremes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3777) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham, via the_bish. Probably the best use of Sorachi Ace yet sampled. Sweet, gentle coconut flavour, with some herbs also. Stylistically mysterious: itís like a Belgian Ale, crossed with a strong UK ale, but comes out as an Imperial Pils. Light, easy drinking, but compelling taste. Pale yellow, with lacing. Thanks Bish.


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