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Shiga Kogen African Amber
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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Amber Ale
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john_henry (102) - - DEC 16, 2013
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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 18, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2048) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6450) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2134) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2013
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.


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