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Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the Great

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

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed for Masaji Beer Project.
名前のまんまのスタイルです。 箕面ビールといえば、スタウト、インペリアルスタウトの黒い二種、そしてW-IPAの印象が強烈。 なら、両方いっぺんにつくっちゃえ、ってことで、黒いW-IPAに。 他にもいくつかアイディアはあったのですが、"W-IBA"って名前が浮かんだら、もうそれしか考えられなくなっちゃいました。 ぼくららしいスタイルでもあるかなと。 「格好よくて強面で、一見ちょっと近寄りがたい。でも、話してみると、その人柄にいっぺんに魅了されちゃう。」 そんな大下社長のイメージそのままの、男前なビールになったのではと勝手に思ってます。 アルコール度数は9%! 黒いです。でも、飲んでみるとホップの圧倒的な香りと爽快な苦み、ドライな飲み口で、すいすい飲めちゃう。 先日発売の IBA の兄貴分というわけですが、はっきり、しっかり「兄貴」です。 一度飲んだら、社長の虜!? 9%の黒というと、志賀高原ビールにはあの「たかしくん」というビールがあるのですが、もちろんそれにも負けない強力な個性で、かつ、はっきり性格が違います。 「まさじ対たかし」なんて映画のポスターが頭に浮かびます。(ゴジラっぽいやつね。) できれば、これからも時々つくっていきたい大事なビールになりました。


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (1861) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle from Mick. Thanks! A: Dark brown with a mahogany head. Lacing. N: Pine, cracker, grapefruit, cocoa, smoke, roasted malt and burnt toast, damp leaves, touch of day-old coffee. Fairly dank. T: Quite bitter, not very sweet. Turns astringent. M: Medium body, very resinous, alcohol burn, prickly carbonation. O: Not the biggest fan of this one. It’s not at well-balanced, and unlike Wookey Jack, the flavors don’t mesh in the slightest. Oh well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (2477) - - JAN 2, 2016
Draught at Craftheads. Rich dark malt with lovely citrusy and tropical hops, cocoa with smokey notes, dry finish. Great stuff, dangerously smooth and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (2272) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown with no head. Very hop forward nose with loads of ruby red grapefruit and pine with some light marijuana, mango and a touch of yuzu along with cacao and Italian roasted coffee. Average carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but not overly so at all. Lots of bitterness on the palate with citrus all over the place...more grapefruit zest and lemon zest. Finish is pithy bitterness along with espresso and cacao roasted bitterness. Wow, this is an intense beer. Not for the faint of heart and that is awesome...more beers with this attitude in Japan please.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya 2012 version (old review) 9% a bottle from Asahiya. This beer has a fruity, citrus aroma which is quite nice and pours black with a beige head. That surprised me as I thought it was a double IPA! Once I double checked the label I saw it said W-IBA... Hop at the front of the mouth, dark malts at the middle and a bitter hop finish. A very solid Black IPA!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Tap at Watering Hole, 06/29/2013. Pours brown, nearly black, thin creamy white head covering the surface, copious lacing. Aroma is tangerine, piney hops, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is citrus, grapefruit hops, pulpy, smooth roasted malts, long bitter chocolate finish. Thick body. Killer black IPA, was really glad to have tried this one.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (124) - - JUN 13, 2013
Good offering, the best I’ve had from the brewery. This was on offer with a whole bunch of other beers to mark the passing of Masaji.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Imperial black IPA, draft at Ushitora. Thick floral hops in aroma and taste. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. Some dark roasted caramel notes with coffee and cream. Nice thick and long finish with remaining bitterness. Fresh dry hopping.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Floral hop resins burst through leveled roasted and caramelized malts in this smooth, loquacious Imperial Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the brown-hued darkness.
-There is balance in the intensity.
-Citrus notes are found throughout as well.
-After being a while in Japan, this is one beer which stands out greatly. Such wonderful hoppiness ! Another beer that screams ‘Vermont’ or West Coast US.
-The mouthfeel is super smooth and effervescent. Surprisingly easy drinking for 9% abv.

Bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 20, 2013
Draught at Beer Belly Higobashi. Deep, dark, yeast and malt with some extreme hops. Very dark brown, small tan head. Excellent balance right away / malt powers along, and then some good hop burn comes in. Black Sun stuff. Medium-heavy body. Some final burn, and then an exceptionally smooth and balanced finish. This was the last beer on a long night of many beer -- and it still made quite and impression. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6597) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Tap takeaway from El Nubichinom, Yokohama. Black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is bitter, citrus, hops. Flavour is bitter chocolate, fruit, some smokiness. Well balanced.


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