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Shiga Kogen / Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale

Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Mild Ale
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Made in collaboration with Nøgne Ø, Norway for the 7th Tokyo Real Ale Festival in February 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3509) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2015
Harvest hop version (from notes). Rather strong and insistent hop aroma. Brownish/yellow color. Fresh and malty. Palate is a bit watery. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 1. Special THX to Christian. APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: herbs, sweet, caramel. TASTE: herbs, chocolate, some coffee, spices...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6091) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Small glass on draft at Craftheads, possibly leftover from the Shiga Kogen anniversary event. Labeled as Not So Mild Ale Harvest Brew. 200 ml pour. Clear dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of toffee, light roast, floral notes. Tastes of toffee, biscuit, light caramel, toast, light floral hops. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (2405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2014
Half pint in Ushi Tora. Clear dark chestnut brown with some reddish brown tinges, off white head. Nose is nutty, toasted and roasted malt, caramel, coca-cola, ale fruity. Taste is roasted malt, fruity coca-cola, earthy hop, caramel. Bit light on richer flavours but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - SEP 15, 2014
Nutty aroma and roasted flavor but very mild despite a fairly heavy body, almost no carbonation, watery finish. Kind of a weak brown ale, not for me, quite a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (1069) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 11, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Dirty copper with a big creamy head. Aroma is spicy and floral with some pine. Flavour has malts and grain, small pine hop finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2014
From bottle, 11/14/2011. Aroma: a bit of funky, earthy malt Palate: light bodied, a little thin. Flavor: light roasted grain and coffee beans. Comment: light bodied, easy drinking and flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2013
Draft at Bungalow’s 1st Anniversary Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover event. 500 yen, 4.5% I had this a long time ago in bottles & really enjoyed it. Let’s see how this draft batch is.  Possibly wet hopped as it is marked HARVEST BREW. It pours a dark ruby brown with an off white head of foam. The aroma is citrus, pine & caramel. A nice floral type of bouquet. Nice full body, but undercarbonated again. Fruity, malty sweet with good lemon notes with a piney finish & a malty aftertaste. Yup, I still like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle from Hasegawa. Fresh hop vesion. Muddy red brown colour with hardly any head. Aroma is saucy, bit of chocolate, malt, quite stinky. Some booziness in the background. Maybe something BBQ like, meaty and saucy. Taste is less interesting, but quite nice still, initial malty sweetness, bit of chocolate, caramel, slight bitterness too, but buried. Body is quite thin, had this with the other fresh hop shiga kogen I had. Hint of fruitiness in there, berries maybe, but mostly sweet. Not sickly though. Better than I thought it was going to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Cloudy brown color, massive tan ice cream cone head. Aroma of spiced caramel and butterscotch. Taste of Christmas fruitcake, but in a good way.

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