Swan Lake Imperial IPA
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Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: Imperial IPA
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 18, 2014
Tap at Cafe de Tete. Aroma is pineapple, resin, hops, bit of stink, tropical fruits. Easy drinking in spite of alcohol and full body. I think this was the first batch so has been aged a year or so. Taste is fruit and minerals. Nice enough but maybe lacking something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - JUN 15, 2014
Way too heavy and syrupy body. Some nice hop action but his got too much, too cloying too quick. This brewery is generally top notch, but this felt rushed and not fully thought out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2566) - - JUN 13, 2014
Starts up with a nice fruity orange nose, but quickly gets quite boozy with some alcohol burn finish. Too bad, early promising hoppiness drowned in pure ethanol...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5049) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 30, 2013
Deep amber color. The nose has soft hops with apricots and oranges. The body is malt accented and though hops are present they don’t really balance the full bodiness of the beer. I can see that the beer was well made and it is an amped up version of the regular IPA, which is really lovely, but I don’t think the recipe works so well at 10%. A 7.5% version might be ok. Overall not bad, but I am not rushing to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2013
Tap at Tadg’s. Dark golden color, cloudy, with a high head. Tropical fruit nose, citrus, orange, passion fruits. Sweet flavor, honey, a bit syrupy, malty, with great furits. Prickly finish, very bitter. Alcohol noticeable. Good, but a bit unrefined.

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