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


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2016
It’s easy to undersell a beer like this, because it’s not an IPA or a bold Stout. What it is is an incredibly nice malty Amber with sweet caramel fading even into light milk chocolate while finishing mildly bitter with good citrus notes. It’s actually just a fucking good beer that would be elite even in America.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
12-ounce bottle left over from WBC. Wow. What an awesome beer. Big sand-colored bubbly head, gorgeous amber/garnet orange-y body. Kind of Belgian-esque on the nose, has to be the yeast, that little combination of bread and bubblegum some of the lighter B ales have. Pleasantly surprising complexity for one so mild, especially given the travel involved--sour malt on the attack with a toasty, buttery contrast. Crisp floral hop finish with some real sustain to the bitters. Absolutely a credible nod to PNW hoppy ales. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23314) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2620) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2007
Draught at Popeyes. Pours reddish orange with a medium tan head. Aroma was sweet malt, citrus hops, and refreshing/tropical fruit. Had a crisp hoppy flavor. Citrus, sweet fruit, and bitter. Very refreshing. Medium body. I greatly enjoyed this beer and I plan on drinking more of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4955) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2007
Deep mahogany amber color with grapefruits, citrusy, hoppy nose. Very hoppy for the style, but you won’t hear me complain. The mouth starts incredibly hoppy then glides into sweet maltiness, still definitely hop accented. West Coast all the way. Grapefruit citrusy, mouth definitely cascade. Slightly dry hoppy finish. Note: This beer is known as the Aldgate Amber at the Aldgate pub in Shibuya.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottled. Amber almost red ale with a big off-white head and a bit of lace. Flowery hops in the nose. Nicely balanced taste with initial sweetness then toast, citrus, and a bit of caramel. The hop taste lingers nicely. Eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2461) - JAPAN - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Wow...sold as a bricks###t house. Lots of malts finding their way to the top, with a pleasant smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Flirting hop resins swirl around the seduced peachy caramel malts, as earthy, wooden hop flavors soon take control of the highly amusing dance. If more Amber Ales were like this one, the style might get a lot more respect from craft beer lovers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large, frothy head of foam bobs atop the hazy dark amber.
-Caramel malts accompany the hops into the vibrant finale.
-As someone else has said, this is indeed a convincing nod to PNW hop quencher.
-The body is well-malted, and drinkability remains the key.

On tap at Kura-Rin Ginza Lounge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9123) - 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.

   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.

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