biirusaikou (811) - - NOV 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic pine/citrus hop flavors, biscuit malt, dry bitter finish. Drinkable but fairly uninspiring and forgettable.
GenkiGonzo (346) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Bungalow. Copper with big white head. Aroma has pine hops and something funky. Flavour is much more well balanced. Smooth pine, resin hops, mild grapefruit finish. This beer definitely grew on me.
beer-yum (549) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Sampled on tap at their Tokyo pub along with a few other of their (Swan Lake) beers. Given the quality of those, I was surprisingly disappointed in this brew and figure I may have come across a bad batch. Will endeavour to try again and re-rate but until then I have to say you’d better look elsewhere if you’re after an IPA.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2281) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bungalow, 600 yen 10oz, 7%. A slightly cloudy orange gold with a good head of foam. A nice pine aroma with some dankness, definitely west coast hops. The flavor is bitter, pine, grapefruits, grapes, quite fruity & with a dry finish. Tasty stuff, a solid IPA. I am glad to see these guys diversifying into new styles & making a good show of it too.
MartinT (8030) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Striking rose water hoppiness streams through this lean India Pale Ale, as lightly biscuity malts are swept by a resinous bitterness aftertaste.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty amber-y golden.
-The slender body and polite bitterness (for an IPA) make for high drinkability.
-That floral hop profile might be forceful to some, but it sure is memorable and distinctive (tons of geraniol while not being brashly intense like a Citra bomb, for example).
-The symmetrical artificial gas impressions which this tap version carries don’t serve the mouthfeel too well.
-This is not trying to be West Coast-like even though the hop character is definitely at the forefront.
On tap at Eni-bru.
Westkyoto77 (539) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Green Bashamichi. Nice nose of hops, citrus, delicate spice. Smooth in the mouth, nice clean bitter finish. Very quaffable.
EdKing (1968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap in Craft Heads, Shibuya. Colour is touch hazy orange with foam white head. Nose is deep caramel with tropical fruit, mango and touch of citrous. Taste is bitter citrous kick of grapefruit and then the softer tones of tropical fruit mango. Very nicely balanced.
shoulderbroken (2160) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Tap at Popeye. Amber colour, cloudy and with not much head. Aroma is hoppy, but cat pee, bit pine. Taste is nice and bitter, and with quite a lot of grapefruit and a touch of orange. Nice texture, and pleasantly fizzy in the mouth. Bitter finish which soon fades. Nice. Rerate: 11/10/13 Amber coloured small head. Aroma is quite malty, bit of cat pee hops, touch of citrus. Taste is similar. It’s what you would expect. Hoppy bitterness. Malty body. Initial citrus. Tastes a bit like sweets. Alright but not exciting.
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light hazy blond coloured beer with some light carbonation and a small white head. Hoppy, hopflower hinted aroma. Very hopbitter palate. Finish is bitter but balanced, sweet hop bitterness with even a light alcoholic hint. Not bad.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Draft at Popeyes and The Aldgate (Tokyo), a slight haze to the copper colour. Big citrus fruit and pine on the nose. Big tropical fruit flavour on a creamy palate. Not a whole lot of bitterness. The malt is quite biscuity.