Brewed by Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Premium Lager
Tokyo, Japan
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kirin Ichiban: Rich flavor made with fresh-picked hops from 2009 TONO. 100% Malt. (Pre-2009 included adjunct grains).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2011
I am assuming this is the same as the ’Tohoku’ green hop beer for 2011. Quite a grassy/grainy nose. Very pale colour. Chemical bread with a solid bitter finish. Not as good as say edelpils, but still better than the average pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Can (2010 Version) at Sunroute Shinjuku Hotel - shared with Mette. Clear golden - white head. Ok fresh hoppy, grassy, light citrus, light bitterness, light malty, white bread, light hay. Plain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Tall boy can. Pours a clear golden yellow with medium white head that disappears somewhat quickly. Malts and spicy hops on the nose. Flavor is malty, with a nice hoppy punch. I actually appreciated the lack of bitterness in the finish, personally. This beer is SOOOO much better than the original Ichiban. Still a macro, but definitely a step in the right direction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Damnit, KyotoLefty beat me to this new one from Kirin!!! Indeed the hops are present in this one, although mind you this is still a macro we are talking about but the beer has more character than would otherwise be expected. Once you crack the can a waft of hops hits your nostrils and you know it at least had a bit more loving than normal. Pours a pale and clear yellow with a finger thick white head that diminishes to about a quarter finger width but remains throughout the glass. A touch of pine and a touch of grapefruit. KyotoLefty is right, the hops are appreciated upfront but the finish is almost a letdown. Still Kirin’s best effort so far from what I have sampled in Japan over the past 2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9405) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 350 ml can. The first fresh hop Kirin since they went all-malt. Medium gold with a medium head. Good noble hop aroma, fragrant. Good, rich malt flavor with lots of aromatic hops. Very nice, full-flavored and rich. Great citrus hops. An impressively hoppy beer for a major. Definitely one of the best they’ve made, though it could use a bit more bitterness in the finish.

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