TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color. Big big malty backbone with tons of citrus notes and notes of caramel. Bracing bitterness. The hops just linger and linger. Full body, full impact IPA. Reminds me on a PNW IPAs from the 1990s, but really well put together.
douglas88 (8332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at OBF. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A nice soft perfume and fruity hop nose. Toast, sweet malt base, mango, tropical fruit, low bitterness. Quite nice.
Madsen1635 (629) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber pour with thin white head. Aroma has lots of peach and flowers. Taste is balanced with sparkling sensation. Medium bitterness and carbonation.
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 Aleís 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 (2280) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2016 Re-rate: Tap at Beer Bar North Island. Still very solid, but flavors not as punchy as before. Still a very solid IPA though and one of Japanís best. 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 (1033) - 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 (621) - 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 (2375) - 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, itís also a bit plasticky/new sneakers. Thereís 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 itís decent.
biirusaikou (2477) - - 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 (1244) - 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 wasnít the freshest bottle, something was a bit lacking.