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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: 34   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yenbeer (130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 17, 2015
Excellent stuff, close cousin to the well-made Shiga Kogen IPA and House IPA. Nice strawberry-banana aroma, taste much more bitter than expected -- very satisfying!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1117) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo, Tokyo. Hazy golden shade. Short white head. Interesting light tropical aroma. Citra maybe? Taste is dry and grassy like a savannah. Maybe that’s why it’s ’African’, who knows. Slightly buttery slant to the taste. I’d appreciate a bit of sweetness but I can respect it how it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (365) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle at shinshu osake mura, shinbashi. seems like an ordinary ipa to me. For ab american style ipa it has moderate bitterness and hop flavour and aroma. decent but unexceptional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1195) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle, 04/08/2015. Pours pale straw color, sparkling, thin white head. Aroma bright and hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, light touch of toasted caramel. Taste is again bright citrus hops, crisp pine bitterness. Light body, refreshing. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (669) - ESTONIA - APR 5, 2015
Pours quite pale, nice white foam. Aroma very fresh, lots of herbal hops, full of citrus. Taste is quite light loaded with citrus and grapefruit flavours again Quite thing body, so letting these citrus aromas to come out especially nicely. Still easily drinking, another nice one from Shiga Kogen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (712) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2015
On tap at Sapporo craft beer forrest at ban k summer 2014. Really nice gold color with a modest white head. Strong papaya, pineapple and grapefruit nose. Very crisp and refreshing on the palate. Bartlett pear, honey and pine flavors present. Great on a summer day. Nice crisp finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tim Webb (270) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
33 cl bottle in Ji Buru, Singapore. Hazy, approximate, hoppy pale ale with few if any allusions to Africa. That said, it is a fruity, adequately hopped session beer that almost rocks. (Late at night: excuse the absence of detail.)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3531) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 24, 2015
On tap at komachi. Pours out a light golden topped with a small white head. Nose is a nice hop mix some mellow malts and a grass touch. Taste is as th the nose with a solid hop touch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3208) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
330 ml bottle poured into a hotel glass. Slightly hazy straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, floral. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, lemon, light pine. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2115) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
On keg in Craftheads, Tokyo. Cloudy pale yellow amber, medium white foam head. Nose is lemony and grapefruit citrus, biscuit malt, light grain malt. Lots of fresh citrus fruit. Taste is bitter, citrus hoppy, fresh lemons and grapefruit, biscuit malt. Light citrus fruit, hoppy aNd refreshing.


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