KansaiBeerLvrs (1204) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo. A crystal clear reddish brown. Malty sweet with a citrus hoppy nose. A clean red ale with malty biscuit, caramel, some peppery notes & possibly rye grain notes. Very solid.
GenkiGonzo (110) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Bungalow. Red amber colour with slightly off-white head. Sweet cherry aroma with some hops. Flavour is similar, but with more hops.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Deeply earthy, floral hops scent this unique Imperial Red Ale while caramel malt and resinous hop bitterness share the second half of each sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the deep amber haze.
-Hops also carry black pepper-like and citrusy undertones.
-Alcohol is well-hidden.
-Although this is certainly not a lean brew, I didn’t find it overly sweet like others. Perhaps this keg was carbonated more aggressively (it was quite prickly)?
On tap at Q-Brick.
Theis (12484) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft. Clear amber/red - white head. Nice malty. Toasted. Knækbrød. Fruity hoppy. Nice bitterness. Amber malty. Light sharpness. Lovely.
AndySnow (2238) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Griffon at Shinjuku. Hazy orange colour with a small off-white head that leaves a heavy lacing. Spicy caramel, hops aroma. Flavour is fruity, raisin, malt.
TimE (2940) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full bodied, thick caramel and strawberries. Lacked depth and was pretty straightforward and boring.
jonno (2092) - JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid big red, not too hoppy in the grand scheme though. Lots of gooey caramel and toffee in the body with moderate american hops. Straightforward drinking really.
Wombata (356) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: apricot, ripe peach, raisiny malt
Palate: medium-full bodied
Flavor: pear, ripe peach, raisin, orange peel, grassy hop bitterness.
shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Edo. Amber coloured, little golden head. Aroma is spicy, lots of bready malt, little bit of hoppy bitterness. Taste is nice, bit fruity, cherry maybe, lots of malt again, touch of spice and bit of booze. Nice spiky bitter finish. Apparently a brother of swan lake amber. Should probably revisit that one.
KyotoLefty (5787) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tenma. Pretty, glowing red color with a fine head. Nose of cherries and gumballs. Sweet, malty flavor, lots of rich fruits, cherries, citrus hops, alcohol. A bit too sweet for me, though tasty, and the red ale malt flavors are right on.