Sekinoichi Shuzo (Iwate Kura Beer) Reviews




douglas88
3.8
Iwate Kura Sansho Ale
On tap at OBF 2016. I have no idea if this is the regular or the Sansho IPA. It is only listed as Herb Ale Sansho. Pours a copper color with a medium white head. A big spicy nose, the peppercorn like herb is pretty big. The flavor is lemongrass, big but not distracting Sansho, dry malty base. Solid.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

biirusaikou
2.5
Sarushima Premium Beer
Omiyage bottled beer brewed for Sarushima Island near Yokosuka. Mostly sweet malt and grassy bitter hops, quite badly damaged, diacetyl all the way, harsh bitter finish. My bad for falling for that simple tourist trap, they could at least make sure to keep them stored properly...
Thursday, July 21, 2016

HonusWagner
3.3
Iwate Kura Kin Kura Pilsner
A remarkably unremarkable Pilsener. It tasted fine, and I could finish it, but my girlfriend didnít care for it much.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Oakes
4
Iwate Kura Sansho Ale
"Hand Ale Sansho". Slight haze, light amber. Medium head. Aroma is very herbal - green orange, mint, lots of fun. Soft body, same palate, really want fun, unique. Great balance.
Friday, July 01, 2016

mrjez
3.5
Iwate Kura Stout
Can from Izumi-Chuo Co-Op, as Kuro Kura 7%. Pours near black with some fizz and a frothy light tan head that lasts. Light roasty and chocolatey aroma, oat. Flavour is similar, a light coffee note, a slight unwelcome tang in the finish that fades. Improves as it warms, medium body with gentle fizz and quite smooth, coats the mouth. Not bad overall.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

KyotoLefty
3.2
Iwate Kura Passion Wheat
Tap at Marciero. Very cloudy pink-orange with lace. Nose of passion fruit, wheat biscuit. Tart passion fruit flavor, crackers, nice wheat. Good tartness. Ok.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Cybercat
4.3
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
Pours opaque chocolate brown with a thick, though not long-lasting, tan head. Aroma offers chocolate, roast malt, coffee, molasses, and subtle oyster tones. Flavor takes the oyster and chocolate up a notch for a bold and enjoyable stout. Mouthfeel features firm, thick body if not a lot of fizz. Worth 8.00 for 330 ml? Maybe a wee bit overpriced (How do you say that in Japanese? My dad would probably know.) but still enjoyable.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

tightslice
3.9
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
Bottle from Mollie Stoneís in Belmont, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, some resiny molasses notes. Taste is roasted malts, beefy malts, umami, dark chocolate in there. The salt character comes through in the beefy / umami tones. Tangy at the end but thins quickly.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wombata
3.5
Iwate Kura Japanese Herb Ale Sansho
Aroma: Sansho--ginger, light pepper, citrus. Flavor: Grain, sansho, lemon and grapefruit. Comment: Dry spicy finish and well balanced.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

GT
3.9
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
On tap at Craft Beer Bar Marciero in Osaka. Murky deep brown, thick foam with great lace. Nose is heavy seaweed, savory. Awesome flavor with some real power, huge umami, acidic balance, oily chocolate base, small salt and savoriness. Itís really good.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.4
Iwate Kura Nagisa
Iwate Kura Nagisa 5% It pours a nice amber-copper with a beige head of foam. A fruity floral almost soapy sweet aroma with some biscuity caramel notes. Medium bodied with some chewy malt character. The taste has a bit of a bready biscuit bite with fruity accents. Pretty nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.5
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale
As Shunensai Original Ale - February 2016, bottle from Yamaoka. 4% Shunensai Original Ale 2016 4% Pouring an orange gold with a dense head of light beige foam it HS an enticing hop bouquet which features orange/lemon zest. Medium bodied it delivers an earthy pine bark bitterness, yeast notes of pepper/spice as well as hints of honeyed biscuit from the malts.† Easy to drink but not pushing boundaries it is a satisfying ale.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

willisread
3
Iwate Kura Koharu White
Tap at Watering Hole. Hazy, light straw color with a finger of white foam. Very faint lemon, citrus notes with a touch of wheat. Very dry on the palate. Thin-bodied. Not horrible, but watery. Finish has very little flavor....just wheat water.
Monday, April 18, 2016

jinroh
3.3
Iwate Kura Japanese Herb Ale Sansho
Poured golden, maybe a bit hazy. Aroma was quite strong sansho, herbal and spicy, a bit of citrus. Taste is quite similar, mainly herbal and spices are dominating. Body itself is in the background and not really that interesting. I had a baked bread with pesto paste with that beer and that paired wonderfully, herbal characters from the beer and from the snack blended really nicely and taste was elevated a lot. Otherwise more like a curiosity, could drink one pint but maybe not that motivated to have several.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

jinroh
3.4
Tohoku Damashii Bakusui Lager
Pours amber, kind of hazy. Does not come with much of foam, just a bit, some lacings there as well. Aroma is mainly sweet, fruity and some custard cake with yuzu and pears. Taste is quite similarly sweet, custard, yuzu, pears and persimmons, bitterness there in the background, not really for balancing the beer - but making it definitely one notch better and more drinkable. Reminds me Hitachino Nestís Nipponia, similar style and actually quite similar feel to the finished product.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

visionthing
3.1
Iwate Kura Red Ale
35,5cl can from a supermarket in Tokyo. Pours dark cherry coloured with an off-white to beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with some fruity and almost candy-like notes, hints of sour berries and citrus. Medium sweet with medium to moderate flavour intensity and a subtle bitterness. Quite nice in the end.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

KyotoLefty
3.2
Iwate Kura Nagisa
Bottle from Yamaoka. This is made with yeast collected from Lilium maculatum. Fruity nose, lightly spicy from the yeast, some light caramel malts. Amber-orange, hazy, with a low fine head. Spicy, light hops, caramel and some chocolate, light apple. Interesting, not at all wild tasting. Donít really see what this yeast does for it. There is an interesting fruitiness, though. Light carbonation, medium body.
Friday, April 01, 2016

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.1
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
Yoitsugi IPA 8% Ise kadoya a matte copper with an aroma of pine bark. Light bodied and possibly undercarbonated. The taste is woodsy pine - bitter but with a sugary sweetness. Meh.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

biirusaikou
3.5
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale
Draught at CBM. They definitely dry-hopped this one very generously, feels like a hoppy fruit salad with a decent biscuit base, tasty but maybe over the top and candyíish, a tad too sweet on the finish too. These guys seem a bit all over the place recenlty including some lame blue beer stuff, so I guess this one comes as a decently nice and pleasant surprise.
Sunday, March 27, 2016

biirusaikou
3.2
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
Draught at Ol. Somewhat low on carbonation. Mostly malt-forward with caramel and some red fruit notes, muted green hops, bittersweet finish with boozy notes. Not too sure what they were going for, but quite a messy malty brew.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

biirusaikou
3.4
Tohoku Damashii Bakusui Lager
Draught at Craftsman. Had quite low expectations but thought that was actually ok. quite fruity with a lemony edge and decent biscuit malt base, smooth mouthfeel, fairly clean finish with a few boozy notes. Nothing amazing but drinkable fruity lager, not sure about the abv choice though.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

willisread
3.2
Tohoku Damashii Bakusui Lager
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep orange with a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Citrusy nose with lots of biscuity malts, dekopon and yuzu. Sweet on the palate with a bold dekopon flavor. Yuzu comes out more on the finish. Average carbonation with a medium to heavy body. Feels kind of boozy as it warms. Meh, itís OK, but pretty boring.
Monday, March 21, 2016

puren
3.7
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
Prezentacja:
czarne, piana nikła, ładnie zdobi szkło;
Aromat:
delikatny - palony w stronę czekolady;
Odczucie:
gładkie ciało, średnie ku wysokiemu, nisko nasycone, finisz czekoladowy;
Smak:
palona kwaskowość i czekolada, delikatna kawa, lekka palona goryczka;
Ogůlnie:
bardzo dobry stout, nie wiem co wniosły ostrygi.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

KyotoLefty
3.4
Tohoku Damashii Bakusui Lager
Tap at MArciero. Amber-orange color, clear, low head. Big citrus nose (they have added yuzu), with some caramel and bready malts. Sweet, strong, citrusy flavor. Some caramel. Not so much lager character, mostly yuzu. Not bad.
Friday, March 04, 2016

willisread
3.7
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale
Tap at CBM Koenji. Huge, punchy grapefruit, orange and pineapple on the nose. Biscuity malts with juicy hop flavor. Well-balanced, but good bitterness on the palate. Slightly sweet, but not cloying. Bright and fun APA from a brewery that stepped outside itís comfort zone with this one. Surprisingly good.
Friday, March 04, 2016

KyotoLefty
3.7
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale
Tap at Hathor. Orange amber, cloudy, with a thick, fine head. Citrus fruit and biscuit malt nose, pineapple, honey. Very biscuity, bready, peaches, oranges. Nice malt character with good balance.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

willisread
3.2
Iwate Kura Weizen Bock
Banana, clove and light caramel notes. Some banana bread with raisin comes out as it warms. Body is a little too thin and boozy. Lingering pepper and spiced finish, but not overpowering. Sweet, but not cloying.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

willisread
3.2
Iwate Kura Pale Ale
Light grass hop nose with some fruity yeast esters: peach and apricot. Some caramel on the palate. Balanced, but more malt in the mouth. More twigs and a bit of grassy, light bitterness in the finish. The fruit flavors come out a little more as it warms.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

jbruner
3.5
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
Pours a deep brownish black from the bottle with bubbly tan head that dissipates to leave light lace. Aroma and taste of dark roasted malts, toasted earthy notes, and a hint of saltiness. Thicker mouth, medium carbonation, decent oyster stout.
Monday, February 01, 2016

edgallow
3.6
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate and a little salt.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Travlr
2.9
Iwate Kura Japanese Herb Ale Sansho
Bottle. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma has light ginger and subtle black pepper. Taste is lightly herbal straw. Plain.
Monday, January 11, 2016

willisread
3.1
Iwate Kura Fukukou Ale
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a slightly hazy glowing neon yellow with a small sparkling wine-like head. Looks almost like a light cider or perry. Light bark and hay aromas with some grass, honey and light pepper. Dry on the palate with above average carbonation. The yeast seems a little harsh and has that peppery, sandpaper like thing going on when the beer is too yeasty. Still enjoyable, but might have been better in summer on a hot day. In no way sour, more musty or hay like.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

willisread
3.4
Iwate Kura Bravo! Masaji R-IPA ~Ookini, shacho
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a small half finger of off-white foam. Grass and light citrus on the nose with pepper and caramel malt standing out. Some light peach and pear as it warms up. Average body with medium carbonation. Well-balanced if not boring. Prickly, peppery finish with caramel malt. Not bad.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

minihame2
3.4
Iwate Kura Bravo! Masaji R-IPA ~Ookini, shacho
Intense, deep red colour, small tan head. Hoppy aroma, pine, some citrus. Taste is soft, mildly bitter towards the end. Smooth mouthfeel, very little carbonation. Decent but not impressive in any way.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

willisread
3.1
Iwate Kura Classical Pale Ale
Tap at Craft Hands. Pours a deep orange to brown with a small half-finger beige head of foam that lingers. Soft tea-like aromas with some light sugar and malty notes. Body is very tea-like with some sweetness on the palate. Well-rounded and balanced, but a little too boring for me style-wise. Finish is fruity with a sweet taste that dissipates fairly quickly on the palate.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

jc1762
3.2
Iwate Kura Classical Pale Ale
Pours dark brown with no head into a tall shaker. The nose shows a sweet tea forwardness. The palate shows a tea forwardness that is slightly sweet but for the most party, dry. Light carbonation and medium bodied, a very British style Pale Ale with lots of malts on the finish.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Theis
3.3
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
Bottle at MikkellerTokyo - Thanks to Hamilton. Clear amber/golden - white head. Bread. Malty aroma. Sweet. Light soapy. Cardboard. Light light bitterness. Light citrus.
Friday, November 20, 2015

RuNpali
4
Iwate Kura Stout
Can from Brunnsbe, cheers! Chockolate and some roast in aroma. Very good! Taste has choko and a hint of chili. Palate is medium full with very little carbonation and long lasting aftertaste. Excellent stout!
Saturday, November 07, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
3.6
Iwate Kura Classical Pale Ale
As Fresh Hop Classical Pale Ale. 4.5% 28 IBU and apparently made for the Spring Valley fresh hop event. On tap at Molto. A nice orange-gold with brown highlights & beige head. The minty fruity hop bouquet is really nice. The taste is very earthy then you get a sweet hit. Quite good. Seeing it listed as a Bitter makes more sense than Pale Ale.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

KyotoLefty
3.5
Iwate Kura Classical Pale Ale
Tap at Bungalow. Nose of tobacco, grass, leaves. Uk hops all the way. Light caramel. Lovely, deep reddish brown color with a fine, low head. Nice nutty UK malt flavor, biscuit, a bit of caramel, great hops, tobacco and leaves. Oily palate and nice bitterness.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

willisread
3.2
Iwate Kura Belgian Pumpkin Ale
Under the name Pumpkin Ale at CBM Koenji. Slightly hazy straw color with a big soapy head. Light pumpkin, squash aroma with some light malt and grass. Taste is pretty mild with a super thin body. No fall spices here, only beer with a hint of pumpkin. Very active carbonation, but super bland. Not much flavor comes out to be honest. Dry finish.
Thursday, October 08, 2015

KyotoLefty
3.3
Iwate Kura Hoya Ale
Tap at Molto. Has some kind of shellfish in it. Amber-orange, clear, with a low, fine head. SMoky nose with some caramel and minerals. Peat smoke flavor, minerals, caramel malt. Clean and light. Ok, but I wish they would forget the gimmicks and concentrate on real beer.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

willisread
3.8
Iwate Kura Shizen Hakko Beer
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a clear, light gold with a small carbonated head that leaves a ring around the edge. Light funk aromas with some pear, grape cobwebs and horse blanket. Taste is more of the same, good funk but kind of one dimensional. Nice and dry with active carbonation. Almost like a dry saison. I like it. Not really sour or tart at all, just basement saison-like with a touch of pear. Very interesting.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

TimE
3.1
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
medium amber color. Fairly malty nose, bready with oranges. Ok, but too malty for my liking
Friday, September 11, 2015

KyotoLefty
3.3
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
Tap at Yellow Ape. Hazy, dark orange with a tall, fine head. BIg barley nose, a bit worty, very grainy, with oranges. Lemony, malty flavor, crackers and biscuits. Rather like a maibock. Earthy, bitter finish that is rather harsh and gets raunchy. Interesting but needs work.
Friday, August 28, 2015

jbeatty
3.2
Iwate Kura Yoitsugi
Bottle from Tanakaya, 08/25/2015. Pours a bronzed amber color, thin white head with nice lacing. Aroma of toasted wheat cracker, grassy hops, light lemon citrus. Taste again light citrus, moderate resinous pine bitterness, caramel malts. Light medium body, crisp carbonation. Decent, but doesnít particularly stand out in any dimension.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TimE
3.5
Iwate Kura Wasan Ale
very cloudy milky white color. Tons of Yuzu jam, tons of herbs. Slightly sour. Long herbal finish. Actually very good despite how nasty it looks
Friday, August 21, 2015

jinroh
3.7
Iwate Kura Egoma IPA
Pours dark amber, bit of foam. Aroma has some hop freshness but what I am really looking for is "egoma". Not that I know how it should smell. I know what is "coma" (sesame) and I know that in Fukushima they feed "egoma" to pigs to get "egoma" flavored pork. This beer really has some sesame aroma, nicely balanced and not too overpowering. IPA hop character is maybe not so strong but the beer is fresh nicely drinkable and fully enjoyable. Maybe some herbal tea flavours instead of hops, genmaicha? Anyway, this beer went down fast. I applaud for the use of local ingredients and for doing that in a skilful way.
Sunday, August 09, 2015

Blairgus
3.6
Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)
7 August 2015, bottle. Dirty brown. Nose is sweet, slightly bitter dark chocolate. Med body and mildly fizzy. Acidic, dark, dry, dark chocolate. Nice.
Saturday, August 08, 2015

biirusaikou
3.7
Iwate Kura Wasan Ale
Draught at The Griffon. A pleasant surprise, refreshing yuzu zest and numbing sansho spice stand out quite nicely with some round sake-like sweet edge. Really different, quite a delicious Japanese character.
Sunday, July 05, 2015