Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Complex, but in a fairly subtle way. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it had a lot of complexity for a beer that was full of lighter flavors that aren’t necessarily all that complex. Hid alcohol fairly well among such light flavors. I was surprised that it was quite sour. Great balance with sweetness, sourness and acidity. But complex doesn’t always mean great.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, orangey gold with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light cereal; moderate fruity, dusty and musty yeast; pear; peach, pineapple; a little flora; lemon; lemon rind; apricot, and slightly sour fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, sour and acidic, and slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter, and moderately sour and acidic with a surprisingly long duration for all the the light flavors. There was light fruits, light citrus, pear, peach, green grape, lemon, apricot, maybe a little pineapple, a little citrus rind, pineapple near the edge where it is bitter; yeast; sour fruit; a little honey; and duty and musty yeast. The light to medium and dry body was made to feel even lighter by fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
BobyFischer (37) - FRANCE - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Je n’avais pas su l’apprécier la première fois.C’est vraiment très fin.Incroyablement subtil même.J’ai longtemps été un grand consommateur de riz "rouge" et j’avoue que j’y retrouve quelque chose de semblable.L’arôme boisé du "son" de riz.Amertume contrôlée.Maltage contrôlé.Légère acidité "contrôlée".C’est le Japon et rien n’est laissé au hasard, ça vous étonne ? Grande grande bière, qui ne paie pas de mine, tout en subtilité et humilité.Bravo aux faiseurs !
Bill Becker (355) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy bronze colour with a thick creamy head of foam. A grassy hop smell. Taste is of grain and a nondescript bitterness that does remind me of grass but more of an earthiness going on. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Good.
boozedude (1851) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shred with pals at club w... clear reddish pour with thin white had, taste and aroma are malts and surag, not bad, nothing to rave about
MayumiH (122) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home shared with no one. Sweet azuki rice flavour with a hint of saltiness. Lightly hopped in a well balanced way. Its quite unique this one.
Oh i collect beer labels. This Hitachino labels are impossible to peel off. If anyone knows how to successfully take this damn things off, please let me know. Ta :)
Carlisle (54) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. White head dissipates quickly. Opaque red color. Fruity aroma. Saki-like flavor with almost a raspberry flavor. Very dry finish with rice and slight alcohol. Unique to say the least.
Cuso (4703) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bier-Deluxe.de. Reddish orsnge color with medium white head. Sweet malt, candy, some fruits in aroma. Very sweet syrupy taste with herbal hops. Not tasty.
VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.33l at Black Door, Helsinki. BBE 09.2015. Colour is deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, spices, caramel and malts.
slowrunner77 (5940) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"wasn’t expecting THAT color :) unique brew, but not one that particularly interested me after all was said and done. tastes like a sake/beer hybrid, and sake is ok, but not something i drink hardly ever. nice light prickly feel, with rice and light sweet fruit."
Aniela (2412) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at East West Örebro. Copper beer, a bit hazy with a small white head. Boiled vegetables aroma with some hoppy notes. Similar flavour.
tlind2 (1138) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@Jano. Opaque amber color, thick white head. Fairly sweet, malty flavor with hints of ginger and sake. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slightly too heavy on the alcohol.