North Island Beer Reviews


biirusaikou
North Island Forest Pale Ale 3.4
Draught at Watering Hole. Likely past its prime but still has a pretty decent hop profile, bitter grapefruit and fresh pine, caramel, fairly smooth finish. Nothing too exciting but a decent refreshing pale ale.
Monday, January 18, 2016

willisread
North Island Ebetsu Komugi Beer 3.3
Bottle from Tokyu Foodshow across from Sapporo Station. Pours a hazy gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Banana, clove nose with a hint of earthiness. Body is light with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Similar taste to the nose. Finishes sweet and little heavy, but still somewhat refreshing.
Monday, January 04, 2016

willisread
North Island Hokkaido Komugi Ji-Biru Weizen 3.7
Bottle from Tokyu Foodshow across from Sapporo station. Pours a glowing neon yellow with a thick 2-finger head that lasts througout. Banana cream pie nose with strong clove and allspice. Rich and creamy on the palate. Finishes with a hint of tartness. Better than their standard weizen.
Monday, January 04, 2016

Madsen1635
North Island IPA 3.6
Bottle. Hazy dark amber pour with thin white head. Aroma has lots of peach and flowers. Taste is balanced with sparkling sensation. Medium bitterness and carbonation.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

MrChopin
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 2.1
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0-trade ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
reddish with a large bubbled cream head. Blueberry manure nose, thin wheaty profile a la a fruit beer. Heavy co2 metallicity at front palate, drying skin mid from the lingering-but-aged blueberry, sticky and waxy in the old finish, lotion and soap as a result.

Friday, October 23, 2015

DCLawyer
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 2.9
Bottle share at the WWWW RB tasting at iphonephanís. Thanks MrChopin. Hazy orange-gold with moderate offwhite head. Berries, citrus, herbs, grains. Eh.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

sunevdj
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.8
Bottle at Theis and Mette. Pours a hazy red with a small off-white head. Dry and sour with aromas of forest berries and tiny hints of ash. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation.
Friday, September 18, 2015

joergen
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.4
Bottle at Mette & Theis. Hazy amber colored with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and berries with notes of berries. Fruity flavor of hops and citrus with acidic notes. Fruity finish.
Friday, September 18, 2015

Theis
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.7
Bottle at home - Thanks to Neil aka ShoulderBroken/BrokenShoulder - at Beer, Food & Sushi Bukkake Night. Berries. Fruity. Blueberries. LIght bitterness. Light cookie notes. Grainy notes. Herbal/teaish finish.
Friday, September 18, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
North Island / Aqula Short Summer Session Ale 3.7
Other places online (Untappd) seem to be listing this as an aqula beer but they also have a Summer Session Ale. This was listed as a North Island x Aqula collaboration at Bungalowís 3rd Anniversary Event. It poured a light matte gold with a thin soapy head. The aroma was a minty orange and grape fruity hoppiness with some malt sweetness. Medium bodied & fairly smooth this beer was easy to drink & a satisfying session beer. The taste is chewey breadiness & fruits - good.
Sunday, September 13, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Coriander White 3.7
Draught at Craft Hands. Nice creamy weizen, lots of banana with a lemony edge, floral notes, lingering dry peppery finish. Feels like a tasty weizen with a double dose of coriander, nice enough.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Drake
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.3
Bottle shared at the WWWW Mid Atlantic Summer Beer Tasting. Hazy pink-purple, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of earth and sweet blueberries. The taste is tart blueberries and mild earth. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering tartness.
Friday, August 21, 2015

solidfunk
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 2.5
Pink pour. Bretta, citrus. Tangy finish. Lots of copper and oak. Strange mix. Can.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Westchesterco
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.2
From a 12 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting. It is a cloudy amber color with a thick ecru head. The aroma is typical saiison and the taste is Saison l
Monday, August 17, 2015

GenDV138
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.5
Bottle at the RateBeer WWWW Tasting shared by MrChopin, thanks! Pinkish orange with off-white head. Aromas of floral, light berries. Tastes of berries, floral, light tart notes. Light body with a dry finish.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Iphonephan
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.1
From a 12 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting. Pours a hazy copper with a thick ecru head. Saison like. Nothing exceptional.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Travlr
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.3
Bottle. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of herbal berries. Taste is very lightly tart berry, caramel, dry finish. Easy drinking.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tonkun
North Island IPA 3.8
Tap at Cooper Aleís in Shinbashi, Tokyo. Copper pour with a nice head. Citrus, pine, caramel, grapefruits, resin. Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation, bitterness and sweetness. Great bitter finish. Best Japanese IPA to date
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
North Island Forest Pale Ale 3.6
On tap at Bungalow. An orange gold with a creamy beige head of foam. A juicy fruity hop bouquet greats my nostrils promising delicious flavors for my tastebuds. Surprisingly malt forward giving me a bit of a top shelf English Bitter with caramel and lemon notes. Tasty.
Sunday, August 02, 2015

willisread
North Island Forest Pale Ale 3.4
On tap at BBNI. Slightly hazy copper with a beautiful fluffy eggshell colored head. Great lacing. Aromas of toffee, caramel, grass and some lemon. Taste is more of the same with some light fruit coming out as it warms. Rich and creamy mouthfeel but not to heavy. Refreshing on the palate. Easy to drink.
Friday, July 17, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Beer E-IPA 3.4
Draught at Faucets. Rich malty character, cake, fresh melon, floral notes, gentle bitter finish. OK but not really my kind of IPA.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.3
Draught a QBrick. Minimal wild berry character, mild sour edge, average blonde backbone, earthy finish. Quite thin overall if not watery, overhyped imho.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Coriander Black 3.7
Draught at Matilda. Rich dark malt body, chocolate, slowly growing herbal spiciness, hints of licorice, dry finish with a sweet edge. One of their flagship beers, solid and flavorful dark brew.
Monday, June 29, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Mís Lager Masaji the Great 3.6
Draught at the taproom. Quite rich malty body, bready and crisp, nice green and fruity hop bouquet, bitter finish. Good stuff, quite malty and hoppy, would say this is an IPL.
Monday, June 29, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Summer Crystal Ale 3.4
Draught at the taproom. Pleasant citrusy nose. Light wheaty body, floral bitter hops, earthy finish. Refreshing but not as exciting as their usual lineup.
Monday, June 29, 2015

KyotoLefty
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.7
Tap at Qbrick. Reddish pink, cloudy, with a fine head. Nose is wheat, berries, acid. Nicely tart flavor, wheat, fruity berries. Crisp and light a bit like a Berliner weisse. Good fruity tartness makes it a nice summer drink.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BuckeyeBoy
North Island Stout 3.5
On tap. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is dark chocolate coffee and some roast malts. Taste is more of the sweetness coffee and a little acidic sour touch.
Saturday, June 06, 2015

willisread
North Island Beer E-IPA 3.7
On tap at CBM Koenji. Hazy copper with a nice soapy head that lingers throughout. Looks like a murky tea somewhat. Nose is super fruity and estery. Lots of young berry, lemon and some iyokan. Malt balance is nice with a kind of sweet, mildly tart and bitter palate. Slightly bitter finish that doesnít linger. Not your usual IPA at all...a fun beer.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

biirusaikou
North Island Xímas Beer (Cinnamon Ale) 3.4
Bottle version. Caramel malt, cake, sugar, plenty of cinnamon, sweet finish. Not bad as long as you like cinnamon, a fun xímas style brew.
Monday, May 11, 2015

douglas88
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3
Bottle. Pours a cloudy pink purple color with a small white head. A big funky fruity nose. Odd, yeasty, tart, big berries, funky. Hmm. Ok.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Sarlacc83
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 2.6
Bottle from Douglas. Thanks. A: Murky red with a pink head. N: Biscuit, grass, bark chips, cranberry and blueberry, T: Kind of tart, sweet, and some...umami? M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol. O: Wow, this is weird. I canít describe the flavor profile. Wouldnít have again.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
North Island Beer E-IPA 3.5
North island E-IPA an IPA made with European hops. Not so elegant 60 IBU 6% a deep cloudy orange gold pour with s beige head. It has a woodsy hoppy fruit nose. Med-light bodied with an ascerbic bitter finish. The taste is bitter wheaty fruit - berry hoppiness which intrigues me.
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Cool_Bond
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 2.4
Scent blueberries with a little sour. Sour taste but also watery. Very carbonic acid. Light bitterness that disappears quickly. Not impressive at all. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Monday, May 04, 2015

willisread
North Island Hop Tea -Single Hop Session IPA (Galaxy) 3.6
On tap at Watering Hole. Part of a tasting flight. Golden color with a nice foamy white head. Earthy hop aromas with some citrus as well. Bitter on the palate with more of citrus flavor coming out. Notes of iyokan, grapefruit and grass upon taste. Super bitter and dry finish. Solid session.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Nocturne
North Island Smonkey Lager 3.4
Tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze, Osaka. Pale golden; unexpected colour. White head, some lacing. This is interesting. Thereís a citrus hoppiness running through along with the smoke. The combo is a little odd but they donít seem to get in each otherís way, but nor do they really work together. Memorable.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nocturne
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.6
Tap at BrewDog Roppongi, Tokyo. Hazy deep red shade. Short white head. Intriguing gummy worm or jelly bean-like fantasy fruit aroma. Very nice tart berry taste; not particularly sour. Frutiness seems to lie somewhere between raspberry and blueberry. Tasty and refreshing.
Sunday, April 19, 2015

jbeatty
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 4
Bottle, thanks to TimE, 04/18/2015. Pours a reddish brown color, frothy strawberry cream colored head fades to a nice crema on the surface. Aroma is a mix, tart funky berry-like notes with Belgian yeast and cereal malts, yet also some citrusy/pine hop notes noticeable in the background. Taste is mildly tart, jammy berry notes with caramel marmalade hops, bitterness and funky bramble character in the finish. Medium body, lot of depth with all the flavors going on. Delicious, complex.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

KyotoLefty
North Island Hop Tea -Single Hop Session IPA (Galaxy) 3.5
Tap at Komachi. Cloudy, glowing, deep golden orange color. Nice nose: grapefruit gelato, light spicy character. Hoppy flavor, grapefruit rind, light crackery malt. A touch of orange. Very bitter. A little too bitter and dry, without the malt meatiness to back it up.
Friday, April 17, 2015

TimE
North Island American Smoked Ale 3.4
nice Gouda nose with moderate amount of hops. Mouth is medium, with moderate amount of hops, the finish is semi aggressive bitterness with tons of smoke. Very different smoke ale due to its hoppiness, but the fact they called it an American Smoked Ale makes sense. I prefer maltier smoked ales, but nonetheless this was a solid effort.
Friday, April 17, 2015

shoulderbroken
North Island Hop Tea -Single Hop Session IPA (Galaxy) 3.8
Tap at the North Island Bar. Nice. Soft and very easy drinking, light fruit, Aroma is citrusy, pineapple. Good stuff. Was getting smashed by this stage.
Monday, April 13, 2015

GenkiGonzo
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.5
Draught at Bungalow. Brilliant, cloudy red with a pinkish head. Aroma of sour fruit. Tart, sour flavour. Refreshing and not too sweet.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
North Island Hop Tea -Single Hop Session IPA (Galaxy) 3.6
Had two samples side by side at Yellow Ape: Y market mosaic version of their Purple Sky Pale Ale 5.6% had a great hoppy tropical fruit nose that was rich and inviting while North Island Hop Tea Galaxy version 4.5% had a woody pine and dank nose with light fruits. Both were beautiful gold pours with foamy white heads. The flavor for the Y Market mosaic was a hit of tropical fruits then a piney woodsy hop bite. While the North Island Galaxy was the opposite with a dank bitter woodsy hit that then switched to sweet. I think I preferred the Y Marketís sweet tropical fruitiness but I ordered the North Island due to its crisp light body, full flavor & lower ABV.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

willisread
North Island Summer Crystal Ale 3.7
Draft at Ban K Sapporo Craft Beer Forrest Summer 2014. Big citrus aromas with grapefruit really standing out. Very bitter on the palate. Medium body. Really strong bitter finish, but overall refreshing.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

john_henry
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.1
Pours a pink with thin head. Smells tart and a little cooked, maybe fermented a little too hot. Taste follows the smell. Nothing too exciting but Not so bad. I wouldnít bother with it again.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015

sulawang
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 3.8
Nosing: fruity juniper-blueberry/raspberry, hints of barnyard sourness. Visual: cloudy maroon, small dissipating head, very thin layer of micro retention, clustered superfast streams. Taste: bright crushed red grape-cassis, raspberry tartness, medium vinegar acidity, light sour-puke, fruity malt. Palate: well-rounded palate, good body, restrained sour-balanced 5/10-sweetness, tangy-crisp, smooth. Overall: super easy-going, fruity drinkable. A first for me to try haskap in anything.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KansaiBeerLvrs
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 4.2
Bottle from CBB. Haskap Blonde which is made with the haskap berry. Whatís that? I have no idea! It is known as honeyberry in Russia and is a waxy looking blue berry roughly 1cm long with the name haskap being based on an Ainu word. Sounds cool, Iíd love to grow some! For something that is billed as a blonde ale it pours a really remarkable deep purple red with a thick head of pink foam. A great ara of tart berry goodness with maybe just the slightest hint of the belgian yeast they used. Sharp spritzy carbonation. Wow, does this pack some interesting flavors. Tart, then sweet berries but with a sort of earthy/cork like caracter, some saltiness like from a sea breeze, wine, this is quite nuts. The closest I can get is like those odd Cantillons Iíve had (Soleil de Minuit, Tyrnilambic Baie díArgousier), nowhere near as sour or tart as them but with a similar unfamiliar berriness. The aftertaste on this is great - soft sweet berries similar to blueberries. A great collaboration.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TimE
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 4
Purple color. No head, lucious fruity nose of Haskap, cream pie. Yummy. Slightly tart nose. The mouth is slightly lightly tart, haskap berries, good acidity, light and balanced. Wow. This is good shit. Lingering tart finish with with haskap. Superb beer. Haskap isnít well known and this exemplifies the beer so well. Fantastic.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

willisread
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 4.3
330ml bottle from Liquors Hasegawa. Poured into a snifter. Pinkish amber color with a huge pink-white head that dissipates fairly quickly but hangs around throughout. All berry aroma present: sour cherry, blueberry, young strawberry on the nose. Light sour taste with a touch of saltiness present. Some light barnyard funkiness as well. Light body with watery texture. Fizzy carbonation with a nice sour and dry finish. As it comes to room temperature the flavors stand out slightly more. The sour berry flavor really takes over with a touch of saltiness in there. Almost like a fruity gose. Amazing beer and very different from anything Iíve had in Japan at this point.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

shoulderbroken
North Island / Mikkeller Haskap Blonde 4.1
Tap at Cafe De Tete. Japanese beer rating 1000! Not blonde! Aroma is nice, berries, raspberry, bit of cherry, blueberry. Taste is great, fruity, light funk and sourness, leather, creaminess, but spritzy. Really nice. Finish is cherry drops
Saturday, March 14, 2015

willisread
North Island Stout 3.9
Draft at fall Keyaki 2014. Part of the North Island taster set. Pitch black with a creamy beige head. Roasted coffee and toffee on the nose. Roasted coffee, creamy bakerís chocolate, with a slight sour undertone. Taste is fairly well-balanced between sweet and bitter with a hint of smokiness. Dry finish.
Friday, March 13, 2015