Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 3, 2008
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2008 HIroshima City Beer Festa. I’ve never seen a bitter this cloudy before, which leads me to believe that it may not actually be a bitter. Deep copper body, minimal head. The flavor had a very crisp, citrusy bitter, reminiscent of a German Wheat, which would make sense given the Japanese general preference for German beer styles.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 30, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
fuck that. A train wreck the derailed. These guys cannot make a good beer.
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells like cheap sherry. Tastes like a softer, cheap sherry. Drinkable, but not really a beer.
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 On tap at the 2008 Micro Brewers Festa in Hiroshima. A very malty, non-bitter English bitter. Closer to a brown ale in my mind, but: Dark amber to medium brown color, with a huge malt / caramel nose. No hops really in the nose. Again, malt-centered, caramel, flavor, sweet but refreshing. Very light bittering hops. The malt complexity won the day for me.
For licensing purposes, these beers are categorized as "Happoshu," which means a good percentage of something other than barley malt. Don’t know if it is wheat or sugar or unmalted barley.