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

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   ABV: -
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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
5%. Faints whiffs of spicy rye and generic malt from a good pull on the nose. Very malt accentuated beer, but fair play, itís not listed a s a pale ale. The rye presence is not too spry and this makes for a fairly generic ale, bordering on lager territory. Really needs something to punch it up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2009
On tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy, pale golden with almost no head. Spicy aroma that combines with fruity flavours. Well-balanced. Very refreshing and with good complexity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAR 26, 2009
On tap at Craft Beer Bar. Had this beer towards the end of the night and in retrospect, perhaps it should have been the first. Colour was very a very nice radiant glowing orange with golden bubbles cascading upward into a small, creamy off white head. Taste certainly contained itís share of rye but overall this was just sort of...there. It was good, but didnít blow me away.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2009
Aroma: light malt, rye, hops. Dainty and spicy. Fruity, light, slightly spicy flavor. Nicely hopped as well. The rye worksóit is light, crisp, a bit weak tasting but refined: dainty and subtle. I donít really like it, but it is very interesting and well done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 10, 2009
Deep golden with a white head. Lightly spiced aroma with plenty of fruits and malts. The ry makes a brief appearance in the flavor but I didnít find it to be all that noticeable. The fresh fruit flavor was much stronger. Really tasty beer but I wish the rye was more intense.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This light yet flavorful Golden Ale knows how to keep the tastebuds busy with its citrus-laced cereals and spicy hop lengths. Not a world beater by any means, but another quality Swan Lake product nonetheless.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy pale golden beige.
-Soft carbonation and lean maltiness create an elegant mouthfeel.
-Very drinkable, flavorful and light, this makes a satisfying session beer, Iím sure.

Bottle; thx Tim!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3298) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
The deep golden brew really lets the rye shine through. The nose and mouth really put the grain on display, while the hops take a backseat, but not to a bit of wild lemon zest. I like how they made this beer. I just wish it was easier to find.


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