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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
Two of the most out-of-the-box breweries around, The Bruery and Dogfish Head recently combined forces on a brew; the result is as intriguing as one might expect. Inspired by the strength of the Japanese people to remain sturdy during the recent earthquake that hit their small island nation, the beer’s depth of flavor comes from flavors steeped in tradition. The ale is brewed with a spin on the traditional shichimi togarashi, or Japanese seven spice blend. Ginger, cayenne, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and nori were added to a base blonde ale that was created using two kinds of rice. Replacing the typical orange peel included in shichimi, whole kumquats were pulverized and added to the whirlpool, giving the spiced beer a kick of fresh citrus. A blend of sake yeast and The Bruery’s house yeast was used to ferment this beer into a dry and complex ale, different than anything you’ve likely had before. One dollar from every bottle sold will be going to help the brewers and beer drinkers of Japan in need of our support to fight back from disaster.
First in the Collaboration Series for the Bruery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
750 ml. shared bottle. Bottle is way too old to give an accurate rating. Odd aroma and taste of fruit and spices. Obviously did not age well in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"I like both of these brewers, but based on what this was i was expecting it to be pretty good but not a standout. However, the unqique combo of the Bruery’s belgian house yeast, sake yeast, and especially the fruit, reminded me somewhat of Stoic, though this is a far different beer. the citrus and belgian spice play nice, and at no point can you tell if you are drinking a 6% beer or a 12% beer. the aroma and flavor, which started out good-but-not-great, got better with every sip, down to the last drop."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2373) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours avg gold. Nose slightly tart and funk, spice, citrus. Taste mix of tart and melon fruit, ginger. Mid palate mix of umami a and bitter. Lighter finish with spice, bitter, and melon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade, 28/06/14. Hazed light golden orange with a good sized off white covering that dissipates to spotting in time. Nose is bitter orange, spice, apricot, tangy citrics, caramel. Taste comprises orange pith, apricot, candyfloss, light herbals, yeast esters, pinch of spice, green berry fruit notes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Refreshing drop - decent for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared at Manny G’s - thanks to Colin. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a creamy white head. Quite a bit of lemon on the nose, faint ginger. Medium sweet flavor, ripe lemon, sugary pale bread. Medium bodied with fine tk average carbonation. Sweet finish, some doughy wheat bread, lemon meringue, general ripe fruits, white grapes. Tasty enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours hazy golden with a small, fizzy white head. The nose is toasty, grainy, light alcohol, sake and a touch of cream cheese. The taste is crisp, spicy, light alcohol, citrus peel, kumquat and earth with a dry, lightly spiced finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Interesting and fairly decent all round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is sesame, rice, and oak sap. Medium mouthfeel with light spice and sake flavor with light citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Hazy orange/golden with a large fizzy head that settles after a minute or so. Aroma is a bit subdued but includes notes of spice, oak, and sour funk. Flavor is bolder than the aroma with notes of tropical fruits and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
12/11/2011. 750 ml. bottle. Pours cloudy light amber with a white head. Malty aromas with various spices. Citrus flavors with caramel and spice. Starts out a little sweet, but turns bitter towards the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2952) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Hazy Orangish/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing S: Corriander, White Pepper, Peaches T: Oranges, Corriander, White Pepper M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Spicy, Mildly Drying Overall, an okay collaberation beer...I guess I would have expected more from two great brewers. I see a lot of DFh in this beer and not enough Bruery.

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