rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Brentv (611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
larsga (7117) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.)
IPAgutten79 (888) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Rasmus40 (16066) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
teddybeer (3225) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jinroh (1035) - ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
johndoughty (4772) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TBone (15622) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.