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

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.3
   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

4.1
   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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19971) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
Medium offwhite head. Hazy orange body. Deep firm caramelly malty aroma with notes of straw and hops. Dry medicinal straw and hops malt taste with light mango hop notes. Caramelly. Dry medicinal aftertaste. Very nice! Definitely US-inspired. (0.33l bottle from the bus station in Matsumoto.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2156) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
330 ml bottle. Dark amber colour. Hazy. Tall off-white fluffy head. Rich apricoty malts. Crisp malt aromas. Nutty. Distinct piney hop flavour. Grassy and floral. Grapefruity. Flavours are very rich with nice nutty malts. Rather complex malt bill for a pale ale. More malts than hops in the flavour. Finishes dry with a grassy hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
thanks TimE! / bright, citric, slightly earthy and spicy, bready aroma; hazy orange-brown body, small lingering white head; spicy, orange-citrus-lemon, earthy flavor; nice malt-hop mixture; good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
The spicy, leafy hoppiness of this Pale Ale lingers pleasantly, as maltiness provides a playful body but scant flavoring. The citrusy, lemongrassy background also supplies an interesting flavor display, and a satisfying moment is spent.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the pale blond.
-Overall, it is very drinkable, but lacks some malty substance to really be engaging.
-Hops also show floral notes.
-Bubbles are quite small, but far from fierce.

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