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Shiga Kogen x North Island Super Niga~i India Miyama Lager

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Formerly brewed at Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan

bottled
available

on tap
common

Local Distribution

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
North Island & Shiga Kogen Collaboration beer. ノースアイランドと志賀高原のコラボレーションで生まれたこのビール。 ノースアイランドのピルスナーに惚れ込んで、 志賀高原ビールにとっては、初のラガーです。 のどが乾いた時、しつこい料理、逆に繊細な料理。 水みたいなビールじゃものたんない。 でも、本格ボヘミアンピルスナーやペールエールなどでは、 そのボディやフルーティーさが邪魔をする。 そんなときに飲みたいビールをイメージしてつくりました。 名前の通り、玉村本店自家栽培の酒米「美山錦」をつかった 6%、IBU 55のホップたっぷりのラガー。 でも、飲むと名前ほど苦くないかも!? 「ピルスナーといえば」って感じの大定番ホップ「ザーツ」と、アメリカンホップの組み合わせ。 「苦い」のイメージを越えた、苦くて新しい日本のビール。


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6357) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2014
Tap at Bungalow. Pale golden, shiny, cloudy, with a fine head. Clean miscuity malt nose, grass and hay, a touch of lemon, saltine crackers. Full but crisp flavor, great crackery malts and great hops. Nicely bitter and crisp finish. Excellent. The sake rice seems to work well here, not much flavor but lightening the body.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (413) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
Aroma: Floral, citrus, orange/mikan, light pine note Palate: Lively carbonation emphasizes the hop bitterness. Flavor: Floral, orange, light pine, bitter orange pith and mikan peel and finishes dry and clean. Comment: Firm bittering but not over the top as the name might suggest. High carbonation does downplay the fruit and bring out the bitterness. Made with Yamanishiki rice. Interestingly, the barman had me try this in a snifter/wine glass versus the regular glass (straight sides; slightly wider at the top than at the bottom) and it took away the carbonation reduced the hop aroma and emphasized the rice character. Amazing how much better the regular shaped glass was for bringing forth the flavor, aroma and carbonation. A well-made brew.


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