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

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   ABV: -
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (541) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2013
On tap at Green Bashamichi. Nice nose of hops, citrus, delicate spice. Smooth in the mouth, nice clean bitter finish. Very quaffable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2337) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (365) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1981) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2179) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer-yum (588) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2014
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (811) - - NOV 18, 2014
Classic pine/citrus hop flavors, biscuit malt, dry bitter finish. Drinkable but fairly uninspiring and forgettable.


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