TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foggy rufous. Towering white head exhibits stellar retention. Elegant nose of pencil eraser, perfumey plasticlike phenolics, tangerine oil, white grapefruit pith, plastery yeast, apricot jam, toasted bread, aniseed. Firm, expansive effervescence. Bottle-conditioned. Exuberantly phenolic and dry, yet not stark or hollow, with a trailing softness of rose petals and slippery tangerine-oil-laced hop vibrancy. Malt offers up refined cookielike notes and a gently toasty support as its feathery weight disperses dusty dextrins across the tongue. Leafy bitterness gently scratches the palate to provide contrast to the predominantly soft and flavorsome hops. Spicy and flowery hops combine with a dryly phenolic flourish to wrap things up in the perfectly uncomplicated and sophisticated finish. Wheras most U.S. brewers seem to prefer disproportionate balance with copious amounts of caramel and resin in their pale ales, this exemplifies brewing with a finessed touch. The balance here is truly extraordinary, as they have squeezed every last trace of oil from the Cascades, resulting in a seemingly ordinary pale ale which happens to be ceaselessly quaffable and chock full of hop flavor balanced by just a kiss of bitterness. And whatever yeast these guys are bottle-conditioning with is super cool and magical, as everything I have had from them has been a gusher and highly phenolic. Such a fun little beer.
biirusaikou (2585) - - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at TBE. Quite fruity with a juicy mouthfeel, orange and grape, light malt base, gentle hoppy finish. Better than I remember, very fruity and drinkable which tends to be how locals like their pale ales.
willisread (2538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at CBM Jimbocho 2014. Hazy golden orange with a medium-sized off-white head. Aromas of pine resin, citrus and a touch of caramel. Taste is more of the same with the hops really standing out. Medium body with average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a moderate hoppy finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2015 On tap at the Craft Beer Picnic. A lovely copper gold with a filmy white head & a luscious juicy citrus & pine c-hop bouquet. The sharp tongue scraping carbonation I except from hoppy beers but the body is a bit light. The taste is ok but not as nice as the nose: earthy pine and light citrus. A solid though uninspiring pale ale. ----On tap at Brick Lane Mar. 2015---- Ise kadoya pale ale deep gold huge nose of pine with light fruit great soft body. The taste is prickly hop bitterness with good sweetness to it. Well balanced.
Camons (10441) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Brasserie 4:20, Rome. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, biscuit, sweet fruity hops. Flavor is malt, biscuit, little fruit, grassy hops, straw. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 090414
gnoff (9593) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
50 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Marked Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Pale Ale at 5%.
Clear golden color, small white head. Sweet, acidic, sour, Brettanomyces scent. Thin, Brettanomyces, weird bitter taste. Astringent, bitter, husky, high attenuated aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, high strange bitterness.
GenkiGonzo (1069) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Ise Kadoya brew pub. Amber colour with small head. Aroma is slightly fruity with hops. Flavour has great hoppy bitterness and some fruit. Good west coast PA style.
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at Taro’s Ramon restaurant. Sometimes you find good beer in the most unexpected places and when you least expect it. Vibrant golden orange colour with a deep pure white head. Hops in the aroma and lasting finish .
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium head misty amber pour aromas floral fruit sweet malt grain flavours resin citrus grapefruit honey apricot medium to strong bitter good balance the finish nice all round tastes very enjoyable ale liked the hops and grain mix best
maekchu (3509) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Qbrick. Good floral nose. Moderately fruity malt, spicy on mid-palate, nice bitter hop attack on the finish. Excellent balance, interesting hops. Light and very drinkable. Served too cold.