Theis (14466) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.