Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy oily beige head on top of a glowing coppery orange body. Creamy, bready, and piney nose is amazingly balanced. Toasted biscuits and citrus rind. Firm mouthfeel with a little tingle, very herbal and vegital hops with a firm carmel backbone. Hides 8.2% very well. Very well balanced, hard to believe its a double IPA. Finishes bready and softly bitter.
willisread (388) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into an English pint. Hazy golden marmalade color with a modest soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice collar throughout. Great lacing. Huge aromas of pine, resin, catpiss, grapefruit, papaya and passion fruit. Bitter on the palate with some citrus sweetness (mikan). Grapefruit pith in there as well on the bitter side. Medium body with average carbonation. Slightly oily and sticky mouthfeel. Nice long bitter finish. Hides the alcohol really well. Excellent offering.
GenDV138 (2579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle poured into a hotel glass. Hazy golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit citrus, floral, tropical fruit. Tastes of grapefruit citrus, floral, light pine and caramel.
DedicatedToFun (3518) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, orange pour, white head, nose is oranges, taste is grapefruit, lots of awesome citrus packed in here
Gurthnar (2453) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma fruity, hoppy, orange, citrus, lychee. Clear orange colour. Fruity hoppy flavour, same as above, fresh crisp. High bitterness, but also decent balancing sweetness. Long fruity hoppy finish. Very good.
TBone (13359) - 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 (13012) - 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 (483) - 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 (2661) - 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 (6689) - 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 (14014) - 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.