jinroh (801) - - APR 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
350 ml can from Natural Lawson. This convenience store seems to be stocking up with local beers recently, they had quite a good selection of canned versions of regular suspects. This on pours hazy copper with a rich foamy head that stays and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is quite faint - but it does have some hops, and malt backbone. Kind of what I would expect from a biter actually. Taste is a bit fruity first going over to slight bitterness and… ending up in terrible soapiness, just as if I had taken a bite of a soap. Body is not bad and overall it could be even a nice session beer but this soapiness really ruins it for me. Too bad.
yenbeer (149) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes nice and is quite drinkable. However, the flavor should be so much fuller, and accompanied by a stronger palate which is sorely missing.
olio (7931) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
35 cl can @ Timo A.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Pale malts on the nose, mild orange, some apricot. Flavor is sweet with orange, hay and some faint gooseberries. Fruity and moderately bitter, okay.
lusikka (7469) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
350 ml can. Thanks Timo A. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a small head. Aroma of biscuit, mild graininess and sweetness. Flavour of nice citrusy fruitiness, rather mild bitterness, biscuit and mild caramel sweetness. Light bodied and low carbonation. Good drinkability. Mild and easy.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3344) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Continuing my quest to try as many breweries as possibly tonight I am drinking a can of Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Pale Ale, 5%. This can is about 2-3 weeks old. It pours a clear deep yellow gold verging on copper. A decent head of fizzy foam morphs into a nice filmy head with solid light lacing. The aroma is quite malty with a soft spicy quality to it that evokes almost a flan or caramel pudding. A very soft nose, it is a subtle caramel spicy note but pleasing. Decent med-full body with a smooth palate the taste is that same soft caramel, kind of like those caramel squares I used to get for Halloween but much more subdued, some honey, which is followed by a sharp zesty carbonated finish with a mix of lightly hoppy & malty flavors. A tasty malt forward beer, I feel it is halfway between an English Pale Ale & an American: maltier but less hoppy than most APA’s I am used to. Good enough but as you drink it & it warms up the sweetness gets a little cloying. That caramel does a have but of a buttery quality to it so I can see what KyotoLefty was getting at, in my case I felt it detract from the beer so much. Most non-beer geeks wouldn’t notice it I think,
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Le Collier. Malty nose, slightly burnt, caramel, toffee. Medium amber color with a fine head. Sweet and biscuit, cloying, caramel, toffee, butter. More like a sweet brown ale. Not very enjoyable.
shoulderbroken (2842) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from one of my students. Thanks Nanae! Golden coloured with off-white head that goes quite quickly. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel maltiness, bit herbal and a touch of citrus hops. Taste is more caramel and a bit of toffee too. Honey in the sweetness. Not much bitterness. Pretty drinkable though. Would be a good thirst quencher and if I was given this at a picnic rather than a super dry I would be pretty satisfied.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Tea-like leafiness subtly finds its way into this generic brew’s crisp body, producing feeble flavor and bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam settles atop the misty golden.
-Light citrus is found upon closer inspection.
-Drinkability is sky high, but mostly because the beer lacks flavor.
-The fierce bubbling increases drinkability as well.
-Malts offer mild honey as well.
-This may not be much of Pale Ale, but you can’t fault it for being poorly executed.