GenkiGonzo (64) - Kyoto, - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Great colour and nose. After taste accentuates the initial burst of hoppy and mildly fruity goodness.
dfearnley (516) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ferris (1209) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
biirusaikou (273) - - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice citrus hop nose, lime. Bitter juicy grapefruit flavor, decent crisp, hoppy finish. One of the smoothest and enjoyable Japanese IPA, kampai!
KansaiBeerLvrs (875) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jbeatty (844) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DuffLover (81) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this at Ant n Bee in Tokyo. A very decent IPA with a very hoppy flavor and cloudy, darker colour.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - OCT 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ottima! A me e’ piaciuta da impazzire!
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 Tap at Craft Beer Market Jimbocho as Shiga Kogen Harvest Brew IPA. Amber orange colour, small golden bubbly head. Aroma fruit and bitterness, hops, bit of pineapple maybe. Usual grapefruit. Quite a bit of spicy maltiness. Taste, satisfying bitterness, citrus elements, grapefruit again. Just a touch of sweetness from malt. Not bad at all.