TimE (5230) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
light amber color, very citrusy nose with nice earthiness. Rounded med full body. Citrsy finish. Yum
maekchu (3544) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tadg’s. Big sharp grapefruity nose, maybe some barnyard, too. Cloudy pale yellow, quarter-inch smooth white head. Mild initial, then malt, pleasant fruitiness (peach and orange) and all those hops ramp up in mid palate. Thick bitter final. Thick, medium-heavy body. The hops work well together. Good stuff.
KyotoLefty (9526) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bashamichi. Sweet and fruity, estery, with peach, melon, and very nice citrus hop character. Great fruit. Lovely, and very drinkable
shoulderbroken (3892) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Slightly cloudy orange colour with small white head. Aroma is fruity, bit of citrus, some tropical elements, not as full on as some of these seasonals have been. Also bit of biscuity malt. Taste is again fruity, but more like orange, and slightly bitter. Very drinkable. Nice.