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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Special bottom-fermented lager brewed exclusively for the US market


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Holy fucking grail of lagers big up to Andy pants for the tip off. Holy fuck this is slamming. Beautiful transparant copper body with a light off white lace quickly diminishing. Aromatically a soft pear and floral tone. Hints of agave and fresh laundry sheet like freshness. A total pleassure to sip on. Very soft blanket of carbonation. Light apple crisps, pear tones very light hay and fruit puch notes quicky give way to a juicy soft spicy hop tone. Nice tongue tigling spice with a touch of lavender grass and spice. Astonushing in its freshness n glory. I think iím in love.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
One week old keg at the Ginger Man. Unfiltered. Fantastic spicy hop aroma, razor-sharp aged Italian cheese and garden fresh herbs. The flavor is just lovely, so fresh and quaffable. Incredible.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GoufCustom (771) - HONG KONG - JUL 27, 2013


550 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Look: Translucent golden honey orange colour with flaky yeast sediments; Half finger head and white foam which lasts about 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing with small fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and fruity, which can be smelt a feet away, inc. light fresh grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, jackfruit, light floral, light honey, and light malt.

Taste: Nice light sweet taste of mid to light malt, with strong dill, light grapefruit, light bread, citrus / lime and creeping grass.

Body: Medium body, quite thick and rich palate.

Mouth Feel: Slightly resembles Fullerís English Strong Ales, with low key, light but tasty lager malt and some bready character. Like it already! Sorachi Ace also contributes expressive herbal dill, and some good low grapefruit in a soft carbonated, very relaxing feel.

Hoppiness: Sorachi Ace works like a T - damn refreshing and fleshy grapefruit plus assorted tropical fruits for nose, nice herbal dill, low-key grapefruit and moderate citrus for taste, and a slowly creeping bitterness which becomes prominent with further sips and ends with nice grassy finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry, very easy and refreshing to mouth.

Comments: This one has all the feel of a typically good Fullerís ESAs, but it has all the nice features as advertised: Kaneko Golden malt is uniquely low key and tasty, and the Sorachi Aceís fruitiness nose and nice dill taste is clearly expressed here. If anyone thinks Strong Pale / IPL are just crappy Euro macros, have a taste of this and youíll find there are indeed greener pastures out there. Highly recommended!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Tap at Gingerman - YEs! this is what a lagers should be like. Week old keg obviously helps. Crystal clear malts, with a tiny grainy edge, balanced well by amazingly lemony sorachi ace hops. Plenty of floral and herbal character. Strikes the perfect balance between sweet, dry and bitter elements. Smooth bodied/ drinks like a dream. Too bad it was $10/12oz...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. The pour is a clear orange with a small, white head. Thin, white layer sticks around for a moment. Pretty unassuming pour. Nose....uhh what is this? Big mango explosion with pineapple, coconut, and mandarin orange. Very rich and meaty fruits like jackfruit and mango flesh. As it warms it moves to nectar, honey, floral bouquet that is really something to cherish. Taste is extremely oily and rich...has a silky near butterscotch palate where you are really looking for diacetyl but there is none to be found. Rather it is ultra quenching and perfect in the palate like coconut oil cut by mandarin orange acidity. Almost faux oily richness. Really a superlative palate. I have a ton of notes here just trying to spit off the things that come to mind: mint, Spring day, nectar oil. This is incredible.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (180) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Rich golden color with relatively good head retention. I honestly donít remember the appearance that much because of the incredible aroma and taste that followed. I blacked out. The aroma is like the best spring bouquet of flowers. My notes say something along the lines of "if you give this to a girl she will have your baby." Itís just a delicious pinapple, coconut, floral explosion of awesome. Seriously. The taste does justice to the aroma. Very similar with that pinapple, floral, coconut in there, but with an added hoppy bitterness that ensures the beer is not too sweet. Excellent. Palate is a bit oily and again, that oily hoppy bitterness is what balances the beer. This is a gem.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3034) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Draft at gingerman. Golden pour with white head. Floral, fruit, herb, sage and spices in aroma. Light Apple, spice, and solidly light flavored brew.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
tepid amber-gold, low small bubbled white ring head. Nose is insane: zesty orange, melon, pineapple, ultra bright and juicy with no muting sweetness, wood and pepper, high attenuation but bit of sweetness in soft pale grains. Flavor a bit letdown by comparison, not as bright as tipopills or husky as braumeister. Bit doughy, sorachi brightness accented by minor effervescent low-bubbled carbonation, quite oily actually. Flavor gains some grain and bitterness in finish, nice contrast with softly peppery here qualities, very complex and incredibly lasting. The flavor profile is a bit too convoluted, zwickel simplicity lost.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 Draft at Churchkey. Nose of ginger, honey, citrus, lemon, mint. Flavor is citrusy, more ginger, fresh malt. Tasty, very fresh and clean. **I was a "little" bit hungover when I was drinking this at churchkey with craftycarl, gt, travlr and biggurlpanties but damn was it amazing. Even though I wasnít really wasnít in the best shape to taste beer, this shit was on point like no other. Much better than the ale. So clean and succinct.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3193) - 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.


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