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Kirin Sparkling Hop

Formerly brewed at Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The flavor of frozen hops. (Brought back again in 2012 after a 5 year absence)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3819) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Received from EinWeizenbitte. Todd, thanks for the opportunity and the generosity! Pours a clear pale golden color with a two finger bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap on top of the glass. Smells of sweet malt slightly fruity and earthy. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, reminds me of Michelob Ultra or Oídouls. Taste is mild slight fruit and sweet malt with just enough hop bitterness to be slightly detectable. There is a weird phenolic taste that I can best describe as what you get with that last sip of diet fountain soda from Burger King. You know when the plastic from the straw leeches itself upon the underlying drink inside the cup. Then again maybe that only happens to me :) Crisp carbonation, thin body with a bone dry finish. Mouthfeel reminds me a bit of sparkling water. 5% alcohol is virtually undetectable. I donít know if this a good Happoshu or bad. I felt it to be light and somewhat refreshing although not much flavor going on here. I am glad I got the opportunity to try this and if Iím ever in Japan Iíll try some more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11944) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2009
33cl can cortesy of faroeviking, thans for sharing this rare japanese. aroma of hops, good hops. otherwise sortía macro aroma flavor is nice hoppy, yet mild. ends bitter. good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a clear, sunny-looking yellow body with a froth, white head.

Smell: You get a thin trace of ultra faint malts. Iím waiting around for these notes of frozen hops to thaw out, but itís just not happening.

Taste: Incredibly light, faint maltiness, a quick flash of hops and bitterness. Slight sweetish rebound, then, a dry finish. Fairly clean throughout because thereís nothing ever really going on in this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well, at least itís clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2008
Can. Pours pale golden with a dense and thick head. The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Flavours starting malty, but decent bitterness kicks in towards the middle. Floral and grassy hop flavours. Good carbonation. Slightly above average lager beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2008
Pretty typical of the mega Japanese breweries, they advertise hops and then seem afraid to use any. This beer is very similar to the Sapporo Yebisu "Hop" beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2009
According to the can, a "New Zealand hop is included", does that mean there is a hop bud in my can, I am a bit skeptical, but hopefully pop the tab anyway. Alas, there is no hop bud to be seen. The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that is just able to leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark gold color that shows a bright, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like a macro lager that is a bit heavy on the adjunct side; this has a heavy grain-like scent, though as is expected the grain character is washed out, it is just the most noticeable part of the aroma. A kiss of sweet grain and a touch of spicy hop character adds a touch of something else, but really doesnít intrude enough.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer is a bit crisp in the middle (though it could use more of a hop bite) and it finishes dry at first, but then with a grassy grain, light sweetness. This has me flashing back to the high school days when the cheapest light beer was a major score. I wasnít particularly interested in the beer then, and I donít find this particularly interesting now. I canít even say I am in this for the cheap buzz. The carbonation helps to provide some bite, which helps cover for the lacking hop character and balance the sweet grain notes just a bit. While the sweet grain is noticeable, it is more for lack of other flavors as this beer is pretty dry over all. The body of this beer is almost non-existent, which is not a bad thing as it makes this something that would be easy refreshment on a hot day if water was not available. This does seem to have a bit more adjunct / graininess to it than your typical macro-lager, and this in fact becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. Despite being named sparkling hop, this only has a touch of a light bitterness and perhaps a wisp of some spiciness to it.

Not bad, mostly inoffensive, which is likely what the brewery was going for. This is nice and clean, and if you donít mind graininess this doesnít have any flaws. Too bad there wasnít really a "New Zealand Hop Included" in the can, that would have been pretty cool. Perhaps they meant they used one New Zealand hop in the entire batch of this beer, you be the judge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
33 cL can, courtesy of faroeviking. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Dry and grassy aroma. Grassy and mild citrusy flavoured. Bitter and light body with a citric and bitter finish. Good hoppy brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petewhitley (526) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
From a can poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of head. Mild hop flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a straw yellow color with a white head. Aroma is pilsner malts, some honey, and floral spicy hops. Flavor is pilsner malts, honey, and a strangely intense floral hop finish.

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