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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Ibaraki, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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IPA brewed with Japanese wild breed mandarin "Fukure Mikan". Refreshing flavor of this mandarin complements well with citrusy hop. The perfect balance act of hop bitterness and Umami taste.


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2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
john_henry (122) - - MAR 3, 2014
Drinks like a sweet pale ale. Not in any way an IPA. Big on the orange and sweetener, but little else. Another dissapointment from Hitachino


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (193) - HONG KONG - JUN 18, 2015
Pours clear amber with thin white head. Citric aroma, orange taste with hoppy finish. Not a fruit beer as advised by Ratebeer. Dull.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrjez (39) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUN 10, 2015
L: pours copper, small head that soon vanishes, lots of small floaty bits. S: the mikan is dulled by the malt. Pretty uninteresting and a whiff of stale odour. T: I get the fruit but it has a flat sour and slightly sweet taste. Kinda like eating an actual mikan. F: waiting for the hops that never came. The fruit stays on the front on the tongue and the malt hits the back of the mouth. Some fizz. O: a bit of a shame really. It must be an English IPA with that malt and lack of hop kick? A not very well done one at that. Baird does much nicer fruit ales if you’re in Japan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (157) - - JUN 3, 2015
6.2% ABV Attractive enough head which dissolves quickly. The mandarin orange peel comes through so very coyly in the nose; Very clean hoppy mouthfeel right away and all the way to the end. Refreshing with the bitter herbaceousness leavened a little by the citrusy nose. There is a subtle sweetness right after the tang of the hops and a very brief interlude where you can taste the malty beer that this excellent refreshing brew is rooted in. Says right on the label that it’s brewed with Fukuremikan which is a sweet mandarin varietal not too distantly related to the ponkan, which makes me think of Chinese New Year when I take a whiff of this excellent brew. It comes out being highly refreshing without too much carbonation and heavy enough to not be dismissed as another "hard soft drink". It’s a little crass and more than a little random, but it smells so nice when you burp.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle at wvrst. Faint orange aroma. Once this warms, get orange citrus accompanying hoppy finish. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALaRose (2) - - MAY 9, 2015 does not count
roasty, orange, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter,

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ikigai (73) - California, USA - APR 23, 2015
04/21/15 from 12 oz bottle. Amber color with one finger head. No hops aroma just yeast. Strange orange carmel taste, unusual for an IPA. Not impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (553) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle. Clear, amber, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & abrupt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (1049) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
Orange, cloudy, off white head, and mild lacing. Earthy, orange, floral and mild floral. Medium bodied, earthy, fruity, and herbal. Nice balance, and lite bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swampwater (53) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Aroma: Toffee, orange peel, and a hint of caramel.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber colour, with a lingering white head.
Taste: Caramel, orange, and a slight hoppy bite.
Palate: Quite sweet throughout, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Quite unusual... in a good way. A nice, sweetish beer, with enough of a hop kick at the end to remind you it’s an IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2338) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle from Yamaya, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. A hazy orange/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Orange, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, orange, caramel, sweet yet bitter. Tasted slightly unbalanced at first but once into it quite liked this.


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