Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Amber Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Rich, exquisitely balanced Amber Ale with flavourful roasted malts and aromatic British hops. All-round food beer, great with spicy foods and hearty winter dishes.

Hop: Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe
Malt: Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black
Original Gravity: 1.064
SRM: 30

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aenima (335) - Askim, - NOV 7, 2013
Citrusy, caramely and toffee aroma. Taste is malty with caramel and toffee with some citrus in the background. Medium carbonation.

jjsint (3606) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2017
Bottle from Best One convenience store, Brackley Road, Bedford. Dark amber/brown, translucent with a cream coloured head. Pumpernickel bread, slightly burned samphire, charred resinous notes in the aroma. Taste is somewhat sweet but kept in check by the heaviness of the black malt. The juicy bitterness of the hops give an almost astringent finish, with caramel, black cherry and tar in the aftertaste. A bit much of a muchness but a lovely beer, maybe especially when tempered with food.

GoufCustom (2257) - HONG KONG - OCT 28, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Looks: Clear ruby brown colour; Half finger head with soapy light beige foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and attractive full Amber malt, with strong grapefruit, strong caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, floral, molasses, pine, strong resins, bread, lemon and strong grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet Amber malt, with strong dark chocolate, caramel, strong grapefruits, toffee, floral, light molasses, strong spices, pine, strong resins, dry biscuits, strong lime, mid to strong bitter grassy hops.

Body: Close to medium body. Oozy and quick slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong Amber maltyness in a slightly thin but slick background. Loads of caramel and dark chocolate ahoy! Strong grapefruits and piney oozy resins dictate. Flowery with low dark sweetness, spicy (with flashes of ginger!) dry bready with strong lime round. Very assertive!

Hoppiness: Strong grapefruit, floral, pine, strong resins, lemon and strong grass in nose. Strong spices, strong grapefruits, floral, pine, strong resins, strong lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent bitter-sweet caramel Amber malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Limey oozy chocolatey and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: From aroma to taste, this one is making a statement all along on how good it is - strong caramel and intense dark chocolate, coupled with equally strong grapefruity oozy hops - and I am convinced it's that good and outstanding! A solid winner you should not miss!

jaghana (6364) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle 33cl, a clear copper beer with medium head. Nose is on caramel and light orange. Aroma is on the same, with grain and balrey sugar finish, bit watery.

douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2017
On tap at the brewing lab. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. A nice malty toast nose. Rich floral notes, some caramel and toffee, perfume. Very smooth.

LazyPyro (1809) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2017
330ml bottle. Clear dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma: malty, dried fruit, hops, pine. Taste: malts, dried fruits, caramel, spices, resin, hops, bittersweet leading to a bitter finish. Medium body, average carbonation. Quite nice, better as it warmed.

JaKeAFC (1310) - ITALY - JUN 4, 2017
33 cl bottle a friend brought from Tokyo. Dark red to mahogany color, big offwhite head, lacing, persistent. Aroma is tangy, caramel, toasted malts, some fruity overtones, cola candies and earth, resiny hops. Taste is light tart, mild bitter yet sugary. Structured body, finish is punchy. Solid red ale, delicious.

blackisle (2892) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle 33cl. poured into an English pint glass. Clear deep amber, smaal but thick beige creamy head, good retention, good lacing; aroma rosted malts, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, touch of wood; taste medium sweet and bitter, malty, roasty, toffee, fruity, raisins; sweetbitter aftertaste, roasted malts, fruity notes, bit of wood; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; well-balanced and tasty amber ale.

djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2017
Bottle at RateBeer Best. Pours a dark amber with small off white head. The aroma is dark fruit and yeast. Medium body, toasted malt, yeast, light finish, decent.

colui72 (1159) - HONG KONG - JUN 1, 2017
Dark amber/copper, with a medium white head and spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, caramel, ripe fruits. Taste is quite sweet ale malts, caramel, ripe fruits, some citrus in the background, spices, some yeast funk, booze. Medium bodied, with a medium carbonation, astringent bitter finish. Quite a decent ale.

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle. BB July 2017; Drank May 2017 - Clear reddish brown in colour. Good foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Malty; toasty malts, grainy, caramel / toffee, nutty, chocolate notes. Good hop bitterness, piney hops. Dark fruits, citrus fruit notes. Spicy; peppery. Bittersweet grainy malty and well hopped. Dry and more bitter into finish. (2017-05)

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