omhper (21886) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Thrash Zone, Yokohama. Clear amber, minimal head. Perfumy apricot and grapefruit aroma. Firly sweet with clean crystal malt profile. Hop driven and stringent, works well all the way to the lingering bitter finish.
Theis (14658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Thrash Zone, Yokohama.
Clear reddish - white head. Fruity, berries, berrie acid/sourness, tartness, caramel, sweetness, candy, light hoppy, grape fruity, apricot, light bitterness.
Ferris (8937) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft - Smells like a wheat wine. Clear orange with a white head. Wheat and orange that finishes sour. I think this has gone off. If not the brewer is off his nut.
MartinT (8736) - 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.
KyotoLefty (8125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery.
Deep amber color with a large, off-white head. Aroma of rounded, fruity amber malt, good hops, pine, earth, a touch of bubble gum. Good malt flavor, strongish hops, light sweetness. Fruity, with cherry or dark fruits, a bit roasted, and a sweet-and-sour edge. Some citrus and bubble gum. Very dry, flinty hop finish. Long-lasting. Probably the best of the day.
thebeertourist (5155) - 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.
TimE (4340) - 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.
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Thrash Zone. Amber coloured, not much off-white head. Aroma is gherkins, citrus hops, fruity. Cherry and sweetness, caramel element but subtle. Taste bit gherkin, quite weird. Pretty nice. I love gherkins. (Had probably drunk too much at this stage).
Capa (2421) - 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.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 A higly impressive brew. Smells like a belgian ale, but definately tastes like a pale ale...get in to it at the thrash zone, seems to always be on tap