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

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Made in collaboration with Nøgne Ø, Norway for the 7th Tokyo Real Ale Festival in February 2009.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 11, 2009
I’m going to deviate from the previous raters and say this was one heck of a mild ale. Mahogany in color with a firm beige head. Sweet malts, light molasses, plenty of fruit notes, and some toasted malts in the aroma. I’d say it was a bit too sweet of an aroma, but still very inviting. Smooth, medium bodied. The flavor is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, sweetness but lighter than the aroma would lead you to believe, with nice fruits. Finish is where the hops finally become noticeable and give a pleasant hop bite but not too strong. I wish it lasted a bit longer than it does, though. Malty, toasty, and very enjoyable. I could have sessioned this one all night. (Cask at Craft Beer Bar, Yokohama)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18944) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
Bottled. Hazy nut brown, small head. Rich sweaty pear and grapefruit aroma. Mid-sweet and medium bodied with clean rounded mouthfeel. Gently roasty but richly hoppy. Marked bitter finish. Not so mild perhaps, but pretty darn good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5894) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2009
Tokyo Real Ale Festival. Looks nice. Hoppy, spicy, caramel aroma. A bit faint. Quite hoppy for a mild, but a nice smooth caramel malt behind it. Good malt complexity, with biscuits, grains. Smooth and tasty with decent hop bite at the finish. Great Balance. Nice hoppy finish, not quite up to the hype but decent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2009
Creamy tan head over a hazy, light brown body. Nose was the best part; light caramel malt with hints of apples and nectarines, complex. Taste let me down a bit after the great nose; a good amount of hoppy grasses and flowers stayed though to the dry finish. Palate was very soft and creamy but didnt last long enough. This was my first beer fest, and my first tasting at a beer fest, so my anticipation may have gotten the better of me!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1326) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (9628) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Draught. Brownish red coloured. Beige dense head. ARoma of light roast, sweetness and some fruits. Flavour of fruits, roast, sweetness and some cocoa. Medium bodied. Sweetish and roasty end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2011
On tap at Birch & Barley in October 2011. Slightly hazy amber with a large fluffy head. Mild aroma and taste of bread, some fruit, caramel and something that reminded of chocolate. Very easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4811) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger, as "Tamamura Honten Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale - Harvest Brew Fresh Hop" (the rest of the info on the label is in Japanese). Murky dark brown colour, moderate to low greyish beige head. Nice but moderate aroma of mild ale malts, chocolate malts and some fruity hops. The flavour is fairly fruity, but has also a moderate roastiness with mild coffee and chocolate notes. The finish has sufficient hops to make it "not so mild". No masterpiece perhaps, but highly drinkable.


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