shoulderbroken (1507) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Craft Beer Server Land. Amber colour, off-white bubbly head. Aroma is lightly spicy, citrus, lots of malt, bit sweet. Taste is pretty good. Biscuity malt, nice lemon citrus, that UK thing I seem to find in their beers but this time it works for me. Maybe my favourite of their beers so far.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This generic Pale Ale’s light butterscotch-like sugars tag along orange-y hops and faint biscuit suggestions.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam tops the misty copper.
-Hop aromatics were deficient.
-The tiny bubbles and lean body make this very drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.
-Every mediocre brewpub in America has a Pale Ale like this. A brew-by-numbers example.
-It’s hard to believe this is from Niwa-san. By far the least creative brew I’ve had from him, ever.
On tap at Himalaya Table, Tokyo.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Bungalow, Kyoto. Clear amber - white head. Light buttery. Some fat notes. Fruity hoppy. Not that hoppy. Toasted malts. Chocolate. Cocoa.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Qbrick. Rich, buttery malt nose. Dark straw color. Nice Bass-like initial / solid malty mid / finish is a bit harsh. Diacetyl kind of gets in the way. Thin-medium body. Good enough, but they should work on the diacetyl thing.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: buttery (diacetyl), some malt and hop.
Flavor: buttery, slightly sour, bitter,
Comment: good carbonation. Has potential. When served cold it was better; as it warmed the diacetyl flavors became more prominent. According to KL, if they leave it on the yeast longer before legging it, the diacetyl character will go away.
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tadg’s. Comes across as a little brother of the IPA. SImilar malt character, caramel-toffee, but here it is way ramped down. Grassy hops, light citrus, very dry and clean. Extremely drinkable and refreshing with a very dry, slightly bitter finish.