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Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA

Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey IPA
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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (120) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUN 9, 2015
On tap at Eni-Bru/2nd Vine. L: pours a nice hazy gold, I can’t see through it, with a small fluffy head. S: a lovely fruit aroma, strong grapefruit and passionfruit, very tropical, distinct hops coming through also, very pleasant. T: bam! Those fruits come through strong, battling each other for supremacy. A deep lasting pithy taste. F: a bit sour on the palate, I would’ve liked more hop in the taste, it is there when I belch though (!). Quite a lingering bitterness after the fact. O: very drinkable, but I would’ve liked it to have been more balanced throughout, the fruits needed to be toned down a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1224) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, 04/15/2015. Hazy copper pour, almost no head, thin hazy wisps on the surface only. Aroma of mellow citrus, kiwi, freshly cut grass, caramel malts, everything a bit indistinct. Taste is again soft citrus overtones with more dominant grassy, peppery hops, caramel for body, moderately bitter pine finish. Light medium body. On the weak side, doesn’t distinguish itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4257) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2015
heady leafy nose but too light body and not a ton of bitterness. Not all that interesting for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (2963) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2014
Tap at Craftheads. Quite soft, aroma is bit stinky, tropical fruit, house ipa-esque. Taste is great though. Soft fruity, lots of sherbert, grapefruit, citrus, light bitterness. Very easy to drink. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14611) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Draught at Craft Heads. Clear amber/golden - white head. Fruity. Ok hoppy. Peppery. Resin. Nice bitterness. Orange. Grassy. Nice green.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Amber colour with small white head, some lacing. Aroma has lots of zest and hops. Flavour is full of citrus and fruity hops. Extremely drinkable. A lighter and more refined version of their house IPA. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2346) - JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
One of those more unsuspecting Pale Ales that doesn’t offer a lot on the front end but leaves a fuller impression after the intake. Some lemony, citrus hops. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 10, 2014
On Tap at 2nd Vine and Enibru (draft version). Aroma: Ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, herbal/grass from fresh hop Palate: Energetic carbonation seems to lighten the body and an emphasize the citrus character. Flavor: White and ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, grape fruit pith, spice (light pine or white pepper). Long, bitter finish. 40-41. Draft version: Still has some carbonation. Body is weightier, and the passion fruit flavor is more dominant. 37-38 score. Prefer carbonated version.

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