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Brewed by Sekinoichi Shuzo (Iwate Kura Beer)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ichinoseki-Shi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This old ale is like the symphony of hops. The bitterest ale in the world have once voyaged from England to India.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Initial aroma was lychee bubblegum hops. Dry bitter hops come through in the flavour, some citrus. Not bad English IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (877) - HONG KONG - MAR 21, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Time Square, Causeway Bay.

Translucent amber honey colour with slight trace of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head and off-white foam which lasts about 1 minute; Excellent sticky lacing with near zero carbonation; Sweet aroma of ale malt, with very pungent grass but not skunky. Also sharp grapefruit zest, orange, honey, sugar, light floral, yeast, bread, dry biscuits and lemon; Nice sweet taste of ale malt, with grapefruit, strong molasses, pine, strong resin, yeast, very dry biscuits, earth, light spices, lemon, lime, and very sharp and bitter grassy hops; Mid to full body. Very dry, slick and oozy palate; Mouth feel is throwback IPA-style - quite wholesome body, very dry and biscuit, good citrus flavor, nice sweetness and comfy booze to counter the very hoppy and razor-sharp and bitter grass. Quite a treat!... Hoppiness is bright grapefruit zest, light floral and smelly grass nose (maybe slightly light-struck), good citrus, pine, oozy resin, strong lemon and lime plus shiny grassy hops in taste. Very sharp and tasty bitterness for very lasting and licking astringent finish. Very nice! Very dry after taste, very hoppy and bitter to mouth.

Comment: After the Oyster Stout, This is another good one from Iwate Kura: the full ale malts, good booze, right sweetness together really back up the big-time hoppiness - very citrusy, oozy, spicey and smartly bitter. Hopefully my next bottle won’t have these slightly bugging smelly grass nose. Yes, I did say next bottle. Hightly recommended!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (430) - ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
Draft to a plastic cup @ Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2014. Pours hazy copper with a thin layer of foam. Aroma is as it is from a plastic cup - I can detect some light fruits. Taste is somewhat lighter, rather British style IPA than American. There is some resin in the start, then fruits start to glow - giving way to a long and resiny aftertaste. This beer is not jumping into your face as an IPA for maniacs - but it feels quite nice and can be drunk by pints.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2382) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2014
On tap at the Iwate-ken event near Umeda Station. A cloudy orange gold pour with a citrusy hop nose is solid - 7, taste is also quite good-7, medium bodied with straight up pine P-4 , citrus & grapefruit flavors. Mild puckering it’d act like a good palate cleanser. Quite tasty, if they got this clear & the color of their golden ale it would be a strong solid IPA. The look of it really hurts the overall rating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Bright amber-gold with thin head. Yeasty aromas of funky hops, some sweet fruit there too. Sedate carbonation. Hops are really laid back, but this is a tasty beer nonetheless. Bitterness is slow to emerge, with the passionfruit and citrus notes makes for a polished, refreshing drop.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (5005) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Cask - Sweetness and grains. Clearish gold with a tho white head. Nondescript bitterness and really dry. The beer takes subtle to a whole new level, almost tasteless. Some resin and citrus, but the bitterness and dryness overwhelm.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1080) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Cask to plastic cup. :( (Lezzet Osaka 1st year anniversary) This beer has a very light aroma; I get a slight sweetness and a touch if funk, but nothing I can place. Appearance is a translucent amber with practically no head, and nil effervescence. Smooth grapefruit with muted hoppiness. Taste is a little

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2013
Keyaki. Golden colour, small white creamy head. Aroma is punchy hops, spiky. Taste similar, pretty solid, slight sweetness, good bitter finish. Lots of malt. Best of theirs so far at this fest.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (811) - - AUG 21, 2013
Mild hoppy nose. Grape, cereals, watery finish. Pretty dull and forgettable pint.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Draught at Beer Belly. Real Ale version. Notes from tasting session. Mild, subtle stuff. Restrained– British style? Some lingering hop in finish… but this dies in the glass. A bit lacking in flavor, though it is balanced Update 12/10/2103 Bottled version. Light floral citrus, yogurty nose. Thin clear copper color, nearly no head. Mild tingling hop (not citrus nor pine), which intensifies a little in mid palate / fairly strong hop tracks in the finish. Medium body. Okay. Aromas are not much; flavors are a bit better. Maybe the malt bill needs to be upped.


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