improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2010
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Pours a clear gold with small white head. Almost no aroma, but some sweet malts peek through. Flavor is of really sweet malts. Texture is a little heavy and syrupy. Not the best.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black can. Nice dark brown-black color with not much head but has a good hue. Roasty aroma that also has interesting fruit character. Rich malts, fudge, chocolate. Good palate with low carbonation. Flavors peter out at the finish. Falls short of great but is a good drinkable brew without serious flaws.
Wombata (492) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2010 Appearance: Transparent brownish yellow
Aroma: More subdued floral aromas than The Hop. Moderately roasted malt, honey, ripe peach.
Flavor: Some sweet roasted grain, honey, stonefruit (peach and apricot).
Comment: The initial sweetness turns drier on the mid-palate. Compared to The Hop, the malt is reigned in by bittering hops. Rising bitterness and understated roasted grain/coffee note appear on a moderately complex and lasting finish.
2009 version. Color: Orange with brown tint.
Aroma: A pretty and earthy, floral hop aroma with yeast, some pear/stonefruit malt, and roasted grain.
Palate: Very smooth.
Flavor: Firm but not excessive bittering , ripe orange malt and finishes with toasted grain, malt, and mild to medium bitterness that lingers.
Comments: Good balance and integrated flavors with a little complexity from these flavors and the bitter finish. Well-made and has held up over 9 months in the fridge. This time I scored it a 3.5. Yebisu’s house style tends to be smoother and less bitter overall, but this has enough to keep this beer interesting. I prefer this, their dark beer, and their Kohaku over their other beers.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can (nice colours). Clear deep golden colour with a nice medium off-white head. Malty aroma with caramel. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a nice maltiness with a pleasant bitterness and caramel. Malty bitter finish.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from KyotoLefty. Golden pour and white head. Like an American pale lager. Bland and corn-flavored.
Ron (3005) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can at the RB Rochester Gathering, Aug. 30/ 09. Thanks, KyotoLefty! Clear golden color. Foamy white head with a little lacing. Very light aroma with hints of metal and grain. Sweeter malt flavor with slight hops in the background. Slight hop bite at the end.
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at the RB Rochester Gathering, Sept. 09. Thanks, KyotoLefty! A nice offering to kick off our gathering. Very dry, a bit fruity, a bit metallic (I wrote that it was a can, but I am half picturing a bottle, so confused). Not bad, not great.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2009 Edition. Have not drank regular Yebisu in a long time so tough for me to compare the two; however this was a pretty good beer. It didn’t seem all that mellow in it’s taste (and it didn’t seem all the "Premium" either actually) but it carried some aspects of a good real ale...very smooth on the palate with a slight creaminess to it. Reminiscent of Anchor Steam beer but with less of a distinct hop profile and a bit more of a caramel presence.
KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 Version. I think it is the same recipe.
Nice, light amber color, orange tints. Looks good. Thick, foamy head. Aroma is basic Yebisu but with a bit more caramel and something slightly smoother. Palate also nicely smooth. Flavor has a bit of caramel sweetness, some depth. strong hop bitterness in the finish. Decent enough stuff, though not all that special.
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned. Clear golden colour. Foamy white head with a little lacing. Very light aroma with hints of metal and grain. Sweeter malt flavour with slight hops in the background. Gentle finish with a little bitterness and metal bite. Average