TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Keg, Nagoya (as "Shiga Kogen Beer House IPA").
Amber color, small white head. Very piney, fresh hoppy aroma. Light-bodied to medium-bodied. Piney, resiny bitterness. Hops are overpowering weakish maltyness. Ok.
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London. Thanks to Tim for this one. Pours hazy, rich orange-gold, fairly effervescent with a large, frothy white head. Lovely aroma, lots of ripening citrus fruits, grapefruit, mandarin orange, touches of doughy pale malts. Medium sweet flavor with further rich citrus, some juicy melon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango and papaya, some bitter pine, plastic grass. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Moderately resinous to finish, some faintly pithy citrus, more grapefruit, mango, peach. Very tasty. Good balance for the strength.
GenkiGonzo (220) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Yamaoka. Fairly clear, golden colour. Lots of citrus, especially orange, aroma. Strong orange taste with reisin and some hops, though not very bitter.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Draft at Bungalow’s 1st Anniversary Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover event. 8% a nice clear gold color with a foamy white head. A really nice floral/herbal aroma, tasty! Smooth, lightly carbonated body, citrus, sweet sugary light caramel, white grape & a herbal hop finish. Nice easy drinking stuff at 8%. A pleasant surprise. ---update Jan 2013--- On tap at Arcadian, 650 yen for 200ml. Great orange gold color, 1 cm of off-whit filmy head. Aroma of citrus, pine & resin - classic west coast hops. The body is medium-full, smooth & slightly slick. The taste puckers your mouth with bitter grapefruit, pine & resins notes it really lives up to the nose. It has a lingering bitter finish that veers more towards the pine/resin flavors. Really good stuff, an exceptionally solid IPA.
douglas88 (5839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought on Good Beer.JP and brought back from Tokyo by the wife. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a medium white head. A fruity nose with orange peel and marmalade. A really good flavor of intense citrus, some resin even, bitter enough but not a generally bitter product, biscuit and lingering zest and bitterness on the palate in the finish. Very damn good.
Theis (13288) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Q-Brick, Osaka. Clear golden - white head. Fresh hoppy. Tropical fruits. Nice fresh. Light to medium malty. Light sweet malty. Medium bitterness. Orange. Citrus. Lovely.
Wombata (379) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: fragrant pine, orange zest, apricot, some mango, yeast.
Palate: superb balance of malt, and aroma and bittering hops. Clean, delineated flavors, full mouth feel with a very long balanced fruity and hoppy finish.
Flavor: pine, orange, apricot, and orange peel. Finishes with long fruity malt and firm, but not excessive bittering.
Comment: fresh bottle from a reliable shop. World class IPA.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, herbs, pine, and citrus. Flavor of citrus, grass, and herbs with a dry, bitter finish.
shoulderbroken (1909) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Tap at Beer Republic Yokohama. Clear, orange colour. Small beige head. Aroma orange marmalade, very fruity, touch of grapefruit bitterness. Quite malty bit of spice. Taste nice and fruity, orange again, ginger. Really nicely balanced. Maybe watermelon. Some sherbet too. Really nice. Hides the percentage well. Nice texture, not too full on but has a body to it.
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Has a fruity hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.