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North Island IPA

North Island IPA
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Brewed by North Island Beer
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ebetsu-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Different to the IPA made under the Tezukuri name.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2016
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2016
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (629) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2015
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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2280) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (1033) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (621) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2375) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2477) - - JUL 20, 2013
Caramel malt, citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit taste, with a nice crisp. Overall enjoyable little Hokkaido IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.


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