TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Speckled crimson. Mountainous white foam deposits pasty lace throughout the glass. Hugely airy and spicy phenolic aromas leap from the glass along with finespun juniper, cocoa, chicory, cookie, and toffee-glazed nuts. Lustrously estery with fresh peach and assorted berry notes. Exuberant carbonation. Bottle-conditioned. Initially dry and phenolic with a soft and silky push of dextrin-filled malt boasting lightly honeyed biscuit and sweet pecan suggestions. Tickle of bacteria-derived acid is enveloped by the sweetish malt and dry edge of smoke-tinged roast. Ample estery succulence as well as malt heft, yet more than enough clean malt depth to fill in the gaps left by the impeccably clean attenuation. Closes spicy and dry with plasticlike phenols exuding alongside pineapple upside-down cake, candied pecan, papaya, spruce tips and hazelnut. Another fun and well-made beer from Ise Kadoya. Of the five beers I’ve come across from this brewery, all have been infected…in a cool and interesting way, mind you. That said, I’d love to try these fresh because these beers are extremely clean and elegant, and, when infected, the phenols tend to take center stage and overshadow some of the finer details.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1225) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Ibaraki Bakuon fest 2013. 5% a clear reddish brown with a mild nutty aroma. The taste is bitter, nutty & a bit bready. Pretty good, a satisfying ale. Fairly well balanced.
gam (3018) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear bright red brown pour beige head block size medium carbonation aromas hoppyfruit malt grasy notes toffee the flavours strong bitter toffee citrus sweet malt grapefruit the finish rich brown strong crisp hops good bitter finish
shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Bankan. Dark amber coloured, small golden head. Aroma is bit of roast, bit of sweetness. Ginger spiciness. Taste is nice, bit spicy, nice maltiness, slight sweetness, little bit of bitterness, fruity hoppiness. Pretty nice. Pretty solid.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1st July 2010
Hazy chesnut brown beer. Frothy off white head. Light frothy palate with a little carbonated nip. Trace of apple leads to mild toffee malt. Finishes dry and crisp with a little hop bitterness. Needs something more!
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle pours a murky brownish color with a huge off-white head that retains well and leaves a healthy lacing on the glass. Aroma is light toasted grains with a citrusy and earthy hop presence. Taste is citrus and earthy hop bitterness that lingers a while with some light caramel malt and fruity sweetness underneath. Body is a little on the thin side for the style and carbonation is more than adequate. A well done and unique tasting brew that just needs a fuller body to it.
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle picked up in Cali for me by Eric- thanks man. Pours a light brown almost amber color with a massive overly-carbonated head. The aroma is lots of hops and some biscuit, almost woody. A spicy brown ale, lots of pine-like hops and dry spicy ginger and light brown malts. Unusual. Almost sour in its spiciness. Infected? Probably. Still, quite nice.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Damn thing exploded and I’ll venture to say that I lost nearly half of my beer - good thing. Murky light brown with a settled down thick tan crown that will remain throughout. Another Ise Kadoya beer another strange aroma. Lots of brett = fail. Light roast, decent citrus, lemon. After I got past the dulling sourness of taste, light roast, faint chocolate, lots of citrus, unsweetened grapefruit, ok soft malts, a bit of bitter earthiness. It’s still a bit sour but I’m not having a problem drinking this. Finishes with a very nice creamy carbonation.
WestSydneyBoy (23) - South Penrith, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice golden brown color with a white long lasting head, tastes of caramel and nutty malt with some nice floral and citrus hop flavor and aroma. overall a good beer, but slightly over hoped for the light body of the beer.
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half of the glass is light tan head on this pour. A nice medium brown beer. The second pour brings an even bigger head. Nice lacing. An aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. Bigger hops than expected in the flavor. They are bitter and tart. Fruit, also, but it is definitely secondary. Some caramel. This beer is at least as much a pale ale as it is a brown. Decent.