Brewed by Ise Kadoya
Style: Brown Ale
Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
After our success at the 2003 Australian International Beer Awards, our brewmaster, Mr. Nakanishi, set his sights on creating a beer that would exceed the successes of our Pale Ale. The result was Brown Ale. By using the ideal combination of four different kinds of hops Wonderfully layered, Brown Ale has a delightfully broad range of aromas and flavors that compared with Pale Ale, is slightly more complex and richer. This complex yet smooth ale is a testament to Ise Kadoyas continuous efforts to creating a better beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Speckled crimson. Mountainous white foam deposits pasty lace throughout the glass. Hugely airy and spicy phenolic aromas leap from the glass along with finespun juniper, cocoa, chicory, cookie, and toffee-glazed nuts. Lustrously estery with fresh peach and assorted berry notes. Exuberant carbonation. Bottle-conditioned. Initially dry and phenolic with a soft and silky push of dextrin-filled malt boasting lightly honeyed biscuit and sweet pecan suggestions. Tickle of bacteria-derived acid is enveloped by the sweetish malt and dry edge of smoke-tinged roast. Ample estery succulence as well as malt heft, yet more than enough clean malt depth to fill in the gaps left by the impeccably clean attenuation. Closes spicy and dry with plasticlike phenols exuding alongside pineapple upside-down cake, candied pecan, papaya, spruce tips and hazelnut. Another fun and well-made beer from Ise Kadoya. Of the five beers Ive come across from this brewery, all have been infectedin a cool and interesting way, mind you. That said, Id love to try these fresh because these beers are extremely clean and elegant, and, when infected, the phenols tend to take center stage and overshadow some of the finer details.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ads135 (4285) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2016
An okay brown ale. Not as malty or roasty sweet as a typically prefer, but it has a sweet caramelly character that is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - JUN 29, 2015
Draught at Bulldog. Sweet caramel, chocolate, mild dried fruit, herbal hops, touch of licorice, dry finish. Nothing too exciting but not bad for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2800) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Liquors Hasegawa. Poured into a shaker pint. Amber brown color with a small head. Solid lacing throughout. Aromas of toffee, roasted malt and some spice (nutmeg? ginger?). Taste is more of the same with chocolate coming out as it warms. Hoppy bitterness on the palate as well but balanced with the malt fairly well. Long dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1272) - ESTONIA - FEB 3, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours nice medium brown, small head, nice lacing. Aroma has some lacto, bit of milky chocolate. Toffee. Taste is actually nicely hoppy, revealing American side of this beer. It does say American Brown Ale on the label. Bitter chocolate. Finish has more roast, lasts quite long. Body feels a bit weak though, although flavours are there. Good and enjoyable brown ale, I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3540) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle from the Ise Kadoya satellite shop in front of Ise Grand Shrine (Geku). Sweet roasty nose, piney hops,light caramel. Translucent brow. Lightly tangy, good roast malt, spicy hopping. From late mid palate, it goes a bit dull, with some bitterring and a bit of sourness. Thin-medium body. Very hoppy for a brown ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Patrickctenchi (6192) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy brown with a tall beige head. Caramel, wood aroma. Taste is earthy, light caramel, slightly tangy nut. Herbal and earthy, root-like hops... Odd, but interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10875) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle. Earthy floral toffee malt aroma. Hazy brown with giant, explosive head. Lightly sweet perfume/floral toffee malt and lightly bitter herbal flavor. Different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (625) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2014
Draught at Ise Okage Yokocho. Dark amber, medium head. Aromas of yeast and caramel. Lovely texture- medium body and perfect carbonation. Sweetness came out as it warmed- stone fruit, dark sugar and a pleasing bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john_henry (124) - - MAR 27, 2014
Good easy drinking Brown ale. Well balanced and not too bitter, but has little to excite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4761) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2016  On tap at the Ibaraki Bakuon fest 2013. 5% a clear reddish brown with a mild nutty aroma. The taste is bitter, nutty & a bit bready. Pretty good, a satisfying ale. Fairly well balanced.

-----2016---& dark brown with a thick beige head from which wafts fruity chocolate aroma. The taste is bitter roasty, nutty and fruity. Better than I remember it. Not too shabby.

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