john_henry (95) - - DEC 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This would make a good season ale, and I’d like to try it on cask, but nothing to get really excited about here, basically a clean 4.5% amber, with slightly more hop profile than you might expect.
Brentv (314) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Craft Heads in Shibuya (Tokyo), Japan. Deep amber color with a big off-white head. Huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel and some plums or apricots. Taste is the same, perfectly in balance, neither sweet nor bitter. A good session beer, this is very easy to drink.
Wombata (379) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle bought at CBB.
Aroma: initially, floral hop, apricot, like grass, white grapefruit, light cedar. Later the floral note was followed by moderate smoky character and pineapple and grapefruit.
Palate: dry, very smooth with a light-medium body, sessionable.
Flavor: light roasted wheat like mugi cha, blend of dried apricot and apple, subtle grain, with a light roasted finish.
Comment: sessionable yet subtle and complex and refreshing. Brilliant. Judging from the other comments, bottle is better than the tap, which wouldn’t be the first time for a Shiga Kogen ale.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
4.5% 450 yen at Asahiya. A nice amber pour with a slight beige head. Mild nutty malty nose, a bit hoppy & malty but I am getting a kind of cardboard taste from it. Not bad. That cardboard feeling faded as I drank it but maybe I just got used to it.
shoulderbroken (1909) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Gar Eden. Red brown colour, creamy off-white head. Aroma is little bit sweet and little bit spicy. Taste is grainy, little bit of malt sweetness, but pretty thin. No oomph. Bit fruity, plums maybe. Bit of a disappointment as I was hoping for a lot. Will have to try it again some time.
KyotoLefty (6185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tadg’s. Medium amber color. Grassy nose, earthy amber malts. Clean, earthy flavor, dry, nice hop bitterness. Very drinkable and nice, though doesn’t surprise.
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Tadg’s. Yeasty nose with some sharp hops. Hazy brown color. Mild peaches, some spice, light bittering, and a tiny metallic note. Medium body. Tasty, and fairly mild. Not bad.