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Minamishinshu Golden Ale

Brewed by Minamishinshu Beer Company
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Komagane, Japan


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3239) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2014
Tap @ Himalaya Table, Nepalese Restaurant, Kanda, Tokyo. Golden yellow, reasonable head. Cereal malt aroma. Biscuit citrus hop flavour. Light and refreshing. A good blonde beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (237) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle from Yamaoka. Very light gold colour,looks like a pilsner. Aroma is citrus with some pine. Flavour has lots of pine and crackers, some citrus, almost no hops. Drinkable, but not what I expected from a golden ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
petewhitley (332) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1987) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
Tap at Shinshu Sake Mura. Clear golden colour, small creamy white head. Aroma is malty, slight fruitiness. Taste is malty, biscuity, slight spice. Quite crisp. Nothing wrong with it, but not so exiting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle. Thin gold color with lace. Aroma of grass and citrus hop, pilsner malt, crackers. Grainy, crackery flavor with a bit of honey. Ok bitterness, though not much hop flavor. Bland but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2009
Bottled at Shinshu Osake Mura (Nagano Sake Village), Tokyo (5.0%). Clear golden, minimal head. Grapefruit yaroma. Light-medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Notes of grass and orange, medium bitterness,. Pleasant, unintrusive and well drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2007
0,5 l bottle, thanks to larsga for bringing this around the globe! Very perfumed aroma, sweet. Honey, elderflowers. Quite decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
Medium white head. Yellow body. Perfumy hoppy aroma with citric fruity notes. Dry deep yeasty earl gray, citrus, and flowery aroma with elderberry notes. Aftertaste is much the same, but drier. Clean mouthfeel. Very nice! (0.5l bottle from someplace along the Skyline road between Matsumoto and Takayama.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gr0ve (2132) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
330 ml bottle. Very pale golden colour. Very tall white fine-laced head that clings to the glass. Acidic lemony hop aroma. Bergamott. Pale malts. Crisp hop flavours. Citrus flavours balanced by high carbonation. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This well-crafted, low gravity Golden Ale offers enough crunchy pale malts to dance with the citrusy and floral hoppiness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear blond.
-The finish is one of beer’s finest moments, with its continuing hay-cereal crispness and wooden, herbal hop bitterness.
-The fine carbonation increases drinkability, yet overshadows some of the flavor profile’s subtleties.
-This combination of Saaz and Cascade is entertaining and done with skill.

On tap at the brewery tasting room.

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