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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
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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。


john_henry's rating

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john_henry (98) - - MAR 27, 2014
Taster at "Snow monkey beer live". Very good drinking lager, but not as bitter, nor as hoppey as I would have expected, thus I certainly don’t think it’s Super Niga-i, but then I guess if you compare it to some main stream lagers it could be. Overall though a very enjoyable lager that I would hope to have again.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (598) - - JUN 13, 2014
Decent lager with a solid floral hop character and dry finish. A tad disappointing though considering the promising title and highly skilled brewers collaboration.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westkyoto77 (515) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Not nearly as bitter as the name would have you think. Golden blonde, rich fluffy head. Spicy citrus and pine. Soft palate, guzzled like a lager. Fruity and zesty and nice. A winner on a warm afternoon on way home from work.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 24, 2014
Medium golden color. Frothy white, very clean hoppy nose. Moderately bitter light medium body, very clean and very quaffable. Very light for 6.0%. Enjoyable beer, but the name is a misnomer as it isn’t super bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2061) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle from Asahiya. Big grassy nose, slightly stinky hopping. Light straw color. Rounded fruity initial with bitter peachy notes / moderate and undefined hops / the dark, earthy hops really come out in the finish. Medium body. Pleasant, grassy, and very full (for a lager). Doesn’t really seem like an imperial, though. Not quite as "super niga-i" as advertised.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (13358) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2014
Draught at Craft Heads. Clear yellow - white head. Fruity. Citrus. Toasted. Ok bitterness. Light malty. A bit simple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - FEB 28, 2014
Smooth body, grassy hops. Unique without really standing out this is a very oxymoronic beer. Changes shape a few times as it warms going from a grassy hop heavy ale to a clean saisonesque style beer with a pronounced hop bite.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1988) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2014
Tap at Gar Eden. Clear blond, white head. Less bitter than might expect but decent lemon hoppiness, and grassy bitter finish. Lots of grain in the taste. Would be great in summer. Grassy aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (238) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2014
Draught at Tadg. Slightly cloudy pale gold with small white head. Aroma has bitter hops with some dry crackers. Flavour is a fantastic mix of bitter hops, crackers, some hints of fruits. Very light body for 6%

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1869) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2014
On tap at Tadg’s, half-pint 235ml for 700 yen. Cloudy gold with a thin foamy head. Big aroma, pine needles, grapefruit & bitterness. A very smooth full bodied beer. The taste is bitter, earthy reminiscent of a Budvar then followed by fruity hop notes with a definite citrus bent.


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