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


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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。

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
Takeaway from El Nubi. Brown colour, golden head. Aroma is bit skunky, very bitter. Taste is nice, good bitterness. Bitter, slightly roasty, sweetness, bit herbal. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21449) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft at El Nubichinon in Yokohama. Very roasy, complex beer with burnt espresso, tobacco leaves, dark bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5049) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
tobacco leaves, brownies, molasses, slightly astringent nose. Smooth, lots of roastiness with molasses and not enough hopping IMO, but solid mouth. Very well made alcohol well hidden. Nice, but the regular IBA works better. More hops would be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 3-10-2013 Aroma: tropical fruit, ripe orange, orange peel, lightly piney hop Flavor: grassy hop, ruby grapefruit, pineapple, orange and orange peel, and cedar. Fruit carries through on the finish. Comment: complex and outstanding. My favorite of the evening and one of the top Shiga Kogen beers. 12/2013 Draft at Kamikaze; Score: 4-8-5-8-17 = 42 Aroma: Hoppy, ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, Belgian yeast, hint of ripe lemon. Palate: Very long finish Flavor: lemon, pear enveloped in rich, dark chocolate. Blueberry notes appear as well and passion fruit appears in the finish. Comment: 1/2014 Aroma: Floral, pine, but citrus (lemon and orange) dominates Palate: Flavor: Floral, orange, passion fruit with dominating chocolate flavors. As it warms soft, roasted coffee aromas appear. Finishes with bitter citrus/orange rind and bitter hop. Comment: January, 2016. Tap at Beer Belly. Aroma: Intense aroma. Flower pollen, pine, orange rind. Flavor: Pine, grass, orange rind, roast coffee and coffee. Comment: Big dry hopping! Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
Handpump. Pretty much what i would expect from shiga. Pungent (though never too WC) Hops on the nose, backed by chocolate and vanilla. Smooth body. Chocolate, a little espresso and a big hop finish. Good drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
Draught at Tenma. Pitch black with a nice low head. Great citrus hop nose with chocolate and a bit of smoke and licorice. Smoky flavor, coffee, licorice, very big hops flavor all around. Excellent.

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