Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma is herby hops, barley, earthy, resin and caramel. Appearance is a deep copper with no foam and nice lacing. Taste is pronounced bitterness with a very earthy, dry, hoppy resin. Malty backbone comes through with roasted caramel, biscuit and hinted molasses. Overall, very good IPA with bitter hops and noticeable booze. A rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (440) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2014
Draught at Japonica. Hazy dark orange, medium head. Grassy, slightly spicy nose. Medium to light body. Nice flavours of grapefruit, treacle. Mild bitterness, but had a good fresh tang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (762) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft to pint glass Fruit and grapefruit with a little honey sweetness. Sludgy orangish brown with a thin cream head because it's unfiltered. Mild hoppiness for an IPA, but pleasant nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Daft - Mild grapefruit and sweet pale malt. Cloudy orange with creamy beige head. Mild grapefruit and resin. Very drinkable and a mellow IPA. If only all Itzakaya’s served this I would be happy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (410) - - OCT 8, 2013
Nice citrus hop nose, lime. Bitter juicy grapefruit flavor, decent crisp, hoppy finish. One of the smoothest and enjoyable Japanese IPA, kampai!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2013
Draft at Bakujun. A citrusy hop floral aroma on a golden orange body. The taste is sweet & fruity with a pine bitter kick mid-mouth before mellowing back out into a semi-spicy fruitiness. A really nice solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (947) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle, 06/30/2013. Golden orange pour, thin white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is orange and grapefruit hop notes, a bit cheesy, toasted biscuit malts. Taste is nice grapefruit, citrus hops, caramel malts, long bitter piney finish. Medium body, a touch resinous. Decent IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (88) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tried this at Ant n Bee in Tokyo. A very decent IPA with a very hoppy flavor and cloudy, darker colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Aroma: Iight resin, maybe anise note, citrus, grass Palate: Brilliantly smooth. Flavor: Grapefruit, rich medium-bodied amber malt, grassy hop. Comment: My favorite brewer in Japan. The brewer has a masterful understanding of balance, which, IMHO, is far more difficult to achieve than power. Bottled Version: Aroma: orange and ruby grapefruit. Flavor: tropical fruit, orange, ruby grapefruit. Long grassy hop finish. Comment: I rated the bottled version a 3.3; the draft is superior in all categories except for palate which also scored a 4/5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 19, 2012
Ottima! A me e’ piaciuta da impazzire!

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