anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
omhper (20444) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Capa (2139) - Transient., - NOV 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.)
Gr0ve (2169) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.