Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Cooper Ale’s in Shinbashi, Tokyo. Copper pour with a nice head. Citrus, pine, caramel, grapefruits, resin. Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation, bitterness and sweetness. Great bitter finish. Best Japanese IPA to date
willisread (1282) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Bar North Island. Served in a half pint shaker. Copper amber color with a modest light caramel-colored head. Grapefruit, orange, pine needles and bit of melon all on the nose. Really sticky, resiny profile that intensifies on the palate. Nice balance between malt and hops although the hops really shine through in this IPA. Nice bitter finish that stays with you. One of the best IPAs in Japan in my opinion.
GenkiGonzo (772) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bungalow. Nice deep gold, big head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy, some pine. Big hop flavour, some dough with the fruit flavour. Good balance.
Westkyoto77 (572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Craftman. Brassy dark gold, tall, white sticky head. Subtle fruity hops nose. Hops much more prominent in the mouth, along with grapefruit, caramel, and some malt. Very nice.
EdKing (2230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via a trade with TimE. Pours clear and deep rusty orange, with a big foam white head. Nose is lots of pine, conifer tree, lots of Christmas tree, it’s also a bit plasticky/new sneakers. There’s also caramel, citrous bitterness, grapefruit. Taste is red berry, cranberry., lots of pin, Christmas tree, plasticky, citrous bitter. Not liking the plastic phenols but otherwise it’s decent.
biirusaikou (1494) - - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel malt, citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit taste, with a nice crisp. Overall enjoyable little Hokkaido IPA.
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 06/29/2013. Pours burnt amber, hazy, medium white creamy head, lacing all the way down. Aroma is light sweet caramel malts, cereal grains, mild citrus, melon, grassy hops. Taste is tea-like malt sweetness, lingering grassy herbal bitterness. Medium light body, a bit sticky. Alright, but perhaps this wasn’t the freshest bottle, something was a bit lacking.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3554) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
North Island’s IPA. 7% 630 yen. Tulip @ Yellow Ape Craft. A nice malty sweet fruity beer, definitely hop forward. Probably the closest I’ve seen to a Dogfish Head IPA made in Japan. North Island are one of the better breweries in Japan no doubt.
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Craftheads. Golden amber colour, small white head. Aroma is bit stinky, sorachi and tropical fruity too. Taste is malty, quite fruity, nice weirdness. Pretty damn nice. Should have eaten something before I started drinking.
Theis (14655) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Craft Heads, Shibuya. Clear amber - white head. Nice sharp hoppy. Citrus. Toasted. Knækbrød. High bitterness. Resin. Green grassy. Grape fruity. Lovely freshness.