buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unique brew that kind of wrestles around the pale ale genre. Some smooth bitterness that begins to conflict with some other slightly fruity flavors (apples?). A bit of a challenging beer that begs for repeated pints. Haunting and loving it.
thebeertourist (5167) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a creamy tan head. Fruity hops that seem more Belgian than American in character wiith apricot noticeable. Bready flavours meet intense bitterness. Herbs, soap and apricot all compete for attention. Body could be fuller in my opinion. Still a beer to remember.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Thrash Zone. Golden amber with a tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, and fruit. Crisp, medium body. Flavor is nive for an APA. hoppy citrus, some herbal notes, lemon, and a little soap. Ends bitter and lasting. Real nice.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice and good tasting beer. Nice bitter and full bodied beer. Drunk on draft at Thrash Zone, Yokohama
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This Pale Ale’s muscular hoppiness is its main draw, one which displays citrusy fruitiness under wet leaves, growing on a pine tree. These hop festivities luckily benefit from a supporting malt body and are thus able to sparkle for the pleasure of all alpha groupies.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the clear peachy blond.
-Loads of hops make up a very enticing, complex nose (citrusy, herbal, leafy, etc.)
-Peachy sweetness helps diminish the hop dominance, but balance is not reached (not that I care).
-This might have been the hoppiest beer in my 5-week Nippon trip.
On tap at Towers.
TimE (4695) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Med amber color. Apricots, apples, oranges with obvious use of pale malts in the nose. Nice up front hoppy start. Some cookies, apples and peaches. Very bitter, like a can of whoop ass bitter, citrusy finish. Not really well put together, but still very intersting.