Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: American Pale Ale
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2011
Very decent if unspectacular style. Dry herbal hops and a touch of spice are the main ingrediants here. Would be (is) a great summer BBQ beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2095) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
Orange/ amber hue, medium white head. Nose is floral and citrous hop aroma. Bit of pine. Taste is citrous, bit of grapefruit, and then giving way to a nice sweet malt finish. Good interpretation of an American pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma with some hints of pine. Sweetish malty hoppy citrus flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7337) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2008
This was the 2008 "Fresh hop" version with aroma hops that they grew themselves added. Bottle from Yamaoka. Dark copper with almost no head. Fruity, very hoppy aroma with lots of citrus, some pepper, caramel. Fruity, very hoppy flavor. Caramel in the back ground. Much more hop aroma than the regular version, and on the whole, that much nicer. A good PA made better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 27, 2008
Let me start by saying I’m not a huge pale ale fan, but this is solid. Tamamura Honten don’t seem to make a bad drop and are consistently good. Poured with huge head and lovely yellowish orange colour. No pronunced nose, but a nice balanced taste right through. This was a fresh hop version and tasted exactly that

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 29, 2008
Shiga Kgen beers are produced by a sake brewer in Nagano, Japan who just started making beer within the past 4-6 years. Apparently, they grow their own hops and have a knack for releasing quality brews year round. Their pale ale is one of the best in Japan. Smooth, malty character with a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. Nice lingering bitter finish exemplifies the perfect balance. Superb in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20718) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Bottled. Somewhere between pale amber and deep golden, small head. Light citric hoppy nose. Dry and light bodied with fragile malt character half covered in a thin blanket of grapefruity hops. Crisp and drinkable, but just too careful and painted in too thin layers of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2008
Bottled, shared by the Nippon fraction of OMH. Dark golden with a small white foam. Crisp and dry aroma of flowers, orange-peels and grass. Medium to light-bodied with dryish notes of grapefruit and orange-peels with sweeter undertones of cookies. Crispy and hoppy finish of wet grass and orange-peels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Clear orange with nearly no head. Hoppy aroma, earth, pine, some citrus, along with some sweet malt. Flavor is very earth, grass oriented. Some pine, caramel malts. The earth/grass is overpowering. Smooth, full bodied. If the grass was toned down I would have enjoyed this more, as it is it’s a decent pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6363) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2007
0,33 l bottle. Slightly hazy amber ale. Aroma of American hops. Rather light malty body, but the hoppy flavour has a nice piney dryness.

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