TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.
biirusaikou (2477) - - JUN 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Bulldog. Sweet caramel, chocolate, mild dried fruit, herbal hops, touch of licorice, dry finish. Nothing too exciting but not bad for the style.
willisread (2275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Bottle from Liquors Hasegawa. Poured into a shaker pint. Amber brown color with a small head. Solid lacing throughout. Aromas of toffee, roasted malt and some spice (nutmeg? ginger?). Taste is more of the same with chocolate coming out as it warms. Hoppy bitterness on the palate as well but balanced with the malt fairly well. Long dry finish.
jinroh (1103) - ESTONIA - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours nice medium brown, small head, nice lacing. Aroma has some lacto, bit of milky chocolate. Toffee. Taste is actually nicely hoppy, revealing American side of this beer. It does say American Brown Ale on the label. Bitter chocolate. Finish has more roast, lasts quite long. Body feels a bit weak though, although flavours are there. Good and enjoyable brown ale, I like it.
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Ise Kadoya satellite shop in front of Ise Grand Shrine (Geku). Sweet roasty nose, piney hops,light caramel. Translucent brow. Lightly tangy, good roast malt, spicy hopping. From late mid palate, it goes a bit dull, with some bitterring and a bit of sourness. Thin-medium body. Very hoppy for a brown ale.
Patrickctenchi (5946) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy brown with a tall beige head.
Caramel, wood aroma.
Taste is earthy, light caramel, slightly tangy nut.
Herbal and earthy, root-like hops...
Odd, but interesting.
shrubber85 (10528) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Earthy floral toffee malt aroma. Hazy brown with giant, explosive head. Lightly sweet perfume/floral toffee malt and lightly bitter herbal flavor. Different.
Westkyoto77 (620) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Ise Okage Yokocho. Dark amber, medium head. Aromas of yeast and caramel. Lovely texture- medium body and perfect carbonation. Sweetness came out as it warmed- stone fruit, dark sugar and a pleasing bitter finish. Excellent.
john_henry (124) - - MAR 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good easy drinking Brown ale. Well balanced and not too bitter, but has little to excite.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4457) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2016 Â 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.
-----2016---& dark brown with a thick beige head from which wafts fruity chocolate aroma. The taste is bitter roasty, nutty and fruity. Better than I remember it. Not too shabby.
gam (3909) - 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