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Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: Amber Ale
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   ABV: -
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5695) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013
Draught (5%) @ Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. Rated on 05.09.2011
Light aroma is sweetish, fruity and hoppy with some vanilla. Flavour is hoppy, slightly sweet, fruity but a bit stale. Also some berries. Slightly watery palate, hops linger in the aftertaste. Decent. 6-3-7-2-15=3.3

Cask @ The Aldgate as ”Swan Lake Algate Ale” (sic). Rated on 16.09.2011
Fresh and hoppy aroma with slightly sweet, caramel‐like malt. Flavour has sweetish toffee with some caramel. Hoppy finish. Feels like amber ale. 7-4-7-3-14=3.5

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2011
Yen 1150 on tap at Ushi Tora. Full flavoured and plenty of fruits make this a nice deviation from the standard pedestrian style often seen in amber ales. Good layer of fizz too. Really bordering on pale ale in style given the fruit expression. Lovely beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Fantastic house brew. Excellent effort with wonderful toffee malts, subtle yet meaningful grassy hops and some unexpected lift from some low key fizz. Some very attractive fruit sweetness kicks in late. Yen 900 for a UK pint at the Algate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Draught at Algate. Clear red/amber - offwhite head. Nice malty. Nice hoppy. Caramel. Fruity. Grassy. Amber malts. Ryebread. Light bitterness. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2010
Draft at Ushi Tora (Tokyo). A clear dark amber. A lot of caramel on the nose. Sweet caramel in the mouth - very smooth palate. Just a tickle of hops which works just right.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Cask at Bakushu Club Popeye. Pours a deep amber no head. Mild malts, earthy hop tones, cask in flavors and aromas. Really good hoped amber.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Orange-brown, small head. Roasty and perfumy. Mid-dry with dense rounded mouthfeel. Grapefruity hops interact well with roasty malt. Long hop bitter finish. Aromatic, fresh and very tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - clear amber colour with a solid pale beige foam; flowery aroma with notes of vanilla and caramel; good malt body, some sweetness balanced by a fair bitterness, quite tasty palate, long hoppy finish, slightly fruity and toasted - very interesting, rich and balanced

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap 01.22.09 at Popeye’s, Tokyo. Clear amber orange, off white head. Aroma is caramel and hops. Flavor is citrus hops, grass, caramel. Bitter and crisp, more like a pale ale than an amber ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
on tap at popeyes. copperish colour with decent lacing, light pine aroma, some dough and toffee flavours and a reasonable dry finish with some citric bitterness. a well-made amber ale but overshadowed by some of popeyes other offerings

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Medium to dark amber, quite reddish, tallish, fine head. Very hoppy aroma, probably cascade, very fruity and citrusy, with a light malt character. Taste is better balanced but also dominated by hops. Lightish malt, with caramel, some fruit, tons of hops. Citrus and fruity. Bitter, hoppy finish. A very nice beer, though I would like a bit more malt and caramel. This is great on the hops, though.


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