tia (1919) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not 100% sure this is the right listing. I drank something listed as "Hitachino Nest Hinomaru Pepper." It was much sweeter than I thought. Lots of fruit. Not much pepper, more of a dryness.
omhper (24085) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy amber/copper. Aroma of ripe strawberry and kumquat. Mid sweet with light body and soft mouthfeel. Kefir and strawberry, notes of caramel, Mid bitter finish.
jinroh (1363) - ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to a plastic cup @ Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2014. Pours amber, no head. This beer has some light fruity aroma - bit of sweet malts and maybe even some honey. Taste has a bit of bitter bite up front, then it goes on with sweet malt and some fruit notes. Aftertaste has some nice lingering bitterness and sweetness. Could drink a lot of this.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4806) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask 4% 650 yen for 300ml at 23 Craft Beerz, Nagoya. Great amber color pour filled to the brim, mild malt aroma. Medium body that goes down smooth. A nutty, bready beer with a sort of candy sweetness to it followed by a sharp hop bite. Really appetizing & a nice surprise from a brewery I have never heard of. They also had their Hinomaru lager. As it warmed up what had been hints of mustiness solidified into a mild ripe cheese kind of flavor but strangely enough I wasn’t put off. The beer stayed light & appetizing.
shoulderbroken (3981) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Craft Hands as Hinomaru Best Bitter. Same % and style though, so I guess this is it. Amber colour, very little head. Barman scooped it out for the genuine real ale feel. Aroma is malty, quite sweet, little bit fruity, little bit stinky. Brown bread too. Taste is quite strange. Bit of caramel, but somehow savoury caramel. Apples and sausages, but really not sure what it is. Definite fruitiness. Quite an interesting one. Pretty flat but I think that is intentional. Can’t decide if I like it or not. Definitely interesting.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Vivo, Ikebukuro. Clear amber - bubbles. Caramel. Herbal hoppy. Sweetness. Light wooden fatness. Honey notes. Orange. Tobacco. Amber malts.
AndySnow (7071) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Golden amber colour with a white head. Strong citrus aroma with some hops and malt. Flavour is bitter, citrus, some malts and hops.
KyotoLefty (9640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at JCBF 2012. This was so-called version 2, with British style hopping. Clear bronze with bubbles. Leafy hop and cabbage nose with grass and light malts. A bit unpleasant. Light, thin body with nice light malts and ok hops. A bit boring and raw.