shoulderbroken (1644) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Shinshu Sake Mura. Marked as Oh La Ho IPA, but they did also have posters up for the Rydeen, so who knows? Light amber colour, off white thick head. Aroma is very hoppy, lots of pine, citrus, something slightly stinky or twiggy. Bready maltiness.Taste is nice, bitter,more malt than hop, slight spice prickle. Twigs again, but just enough hoppiness too. Spicy bite. Haven’t had many IPAs like this in Japan, so interesting, but personally probably would prefer more fruitiness. Solid though.
KyotoLefty (5786) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Kamikaze. Citrus nose, grapefruit and orange. Dark gold, clear, with a light head. Flavors of orange, grass, cream. Rather sweet but has a nice bitterness as well. Peppery, with sweet orange and a bit of grapefruit. Very drinkable. Nice body—rich but light. Good beer.
jonno (2087) - JAPAN - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5%. Perfect summer quencher. Soft malt and hops - great balance. Caramel, a sprig of toffee and some light citrus hops. As good a APA as you will get.