john_henry (115) - - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is by far the best beer I’ve had had from Shiga Kogen. They used to be a bit hit and miss, but this is really getting me going. Awesome aroma that follows with a smooth tasty brew. There is some wheat, but don’t be expecting a wheat beer here, this is definitely an IPA. This is worth seeking out, and in my opinion sits in my top five Japanese brews.
EdKing (1967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On keg at Ushi Tora. Label on the menu was ’Even Prime 2013’. In the glass it’s hazy gold, with a medium white head. Noe is quite subtle. Citrous lemon and light grapefruit, minerally, pine. Taste is creamy, weizen like and quite subtle, slight lactic creaminess, lemon citrous.
TBone (12966) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Craft Heads, Tokyo.
Hazy orange color, small white head. Spicey, citrusy aroma. Medium-bodied. Citrus, gooseberries, coriander-like spices. Nice wheat ipa although not my favourite style.
TimE (3298) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
vegetale hoppy nose. Light body, dry well balanced. Very easy to drink. Crisp. Hops are in the nose but not in the finish. Highly quaffable. Excellent.
maekchu (2247) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Craft Beer Festa Kyoto 2013. Nice fresh whiffs of lemony saison-like notes, great stinky hops. Cloudy unfiltered honeyish color. Deep bittering from the start (dry-hopping?), wheaty notes, and goes to a good balance in mid palate. Hops reemerge right at the end. Very smooth palate. This done just right ... from the best brewery in Japan.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Wheat, starfruit and dry wood rise from this White IPA’s fluffy and quenching mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam stays atop the hazy blond.
-The citrus fruit character is very pleasant.
-The body is svelte and the result is quite quenching.
-Wheat flavors are nicely expressive ; this is not just a paler IPA...
-A better developed aroma and this becomes another world-class Shiga Kogen brew.
On tap at Craftheads, Tokyo.
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Craft Beer Market, Tokyo- RBJG#2. Cloudy yellow - white head. Fruity, sweet notes, ok bitterness, fresh hoppy, kiwi, citrus, light flowery, abricot, super fresh, niec bitter finish.
Wombata (467) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2013 Aroma: very aromatic ruby grapefruit, a little peel, and cedary pepper.
Flavor: ruby grapefruit, hint of lemon, a blend of apricot and mango. Finishes with a long pepper flavor with soft but persistent bitterness.
Comment: No excess malt or harsh resinous hops here. Great balance.
Aroma: earthy, grapefruit, lemon, grainy malt, straw, spice-white pepper and coriander.
Flavor: like nose with grapefruit, grainy malt, wheat dominates, light spice. Finishes with a long-lasting moderate bitterness.
Comment: Good carbonation and balance. 40 pts.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bottle for 450 yen from Asahiya, 6.5%. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a white head. Lemon or Yuzu aroma, mild spice & some bitterness. Hmm, the first time I’ve tasted bubblegum in a beer but it was fleeting. The fruitiness is nice and matches the hop bitterness well but the spicy aspect of a white beer is kind of rough. Worth trying but it is just ok.
Travlr (13029) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Murky orange color, white edge head. Aroma is really fruity. Taste is CITRUS!!!