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Shiga Kogen African Pale Ale

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

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2093) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle from Asahiya served in a footed pilsner glass. It pours a light copper gold with a very minimal head that vanishes in a blink. It has a really nice herbal and pine cone dank hop bouquet. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. The taste is sweet malts and peppery pine - decent.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nie (4) - - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Yamaoka Sake Shop. Slightly bitter aroma, hay and alcohol. Cloudy orange/yellow haze. Surprising hop kick up front, citrus bitter. Nice body, not syrupy, light and crisp. This is a great beer for the summer. The finish leaves you wanting another sip.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12567) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Tap at Ushi-Tora 2, Tokyo. Hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma has gooseberry bushes and citrus with light passion fruits. Light-bodied. Flavor has tropical fruits, gooseberry and grapefruit. Nice tropical flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (280) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Slightly opaque ligt gold, decent lacing. Aroma has nice grapefruit hops. Flavour is very fresh, lots of citrus fruit and hops. Very refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czlowiekwiadro (223) - POLAND - JUN 26, 2014
ładny, dość intensywny (ale bez przesady) chmielowy zapach. słodkie tropikalne owoce, liczi, mango, nashi, do tego sporo żywicy i trochę świeżej trawy. kolor złoty, dość mozcno zmętniony, piana mało obfita ale dość trwała. w smaku dość pełne, słodkie, ale zdecydowanie od chmielu, nie od słodu. goryczka średnia, w smaku przypominająca sok z czerwonego graefruita albo skórkę. dość długotrwała, ale w przyjemny sposób. dość niskie nasycenie sprawia, że piwo jest całkiem aksamitne i łatwo pijalne

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2164) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Stinky, light cat piss nose with some interesting citrus, lemon flower nose. Cloudy orange/amber color. Light, slightly rough citrus flavors with moderate bittering. Thin body. Very pleasant. A bit light bodied for the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4643) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
2012 Christmas tasting. Pale with a thin skiff. Big dry hopped scent. Big dry hop flavour. Lite citrus builds in the finish, with a bit of melon.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfearnley (974) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
Draft to pint glass Cat piss, cirrus and grapefruit. Transparent yellow with little effervescence and practically no head. Classic Simcoe cat piss taste which I just can't get past.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4342) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
Draft - Nice sweet citrus hops. Clear gold with a decent white head. Big burst of citrus hops, with a good amount of bitterness to follow up. Finishes clean and refreshing. Glad to find a great session APA in Japan, just wish I found it more often.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1698) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2013
12 oz. bottle, courtesy of TimE. Golden color, a bit hazy. White head, not much. Aroma’s: citrus, hints of lychee, a bit vegetables. Retronasal it’s very hoppy, a little earthy, slightly sweet. Flavor is moderate bitter with hints of fruity acidity. Light bodied. Long, rather bitter finish, but not harsh. Nice APA, but no idea why it’s called African.


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