Brewed by Sekinoichi Shuzo (Iwate Kura Beer)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ichinoseki-Shi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This old ale is like the symphony of hops. The bitterest ale in the world have once voyaged from England to India.

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omhper (25831) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
Bottled, thanks IslandHaole!
Cloudy amber. Flowery fruit aroma. Yeasty with notes of lemony hops and hay. Softly malty with lingering, resiny very bitter finish.

Oakes (19027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Densely sedimented orange-tan colour. Rich piney (think Deus) aroma with peach, grapefruit. Huge bitterness, but fresh rather than tongue-scraping. No resin, no crystal malt..cross-country skiing on a deserted mountain track. Pine needles, wood and grapefruit flavours. Full body and lots of sweet malts underpinning the hops. Similar to Hitachino’s Japanese Classic, I could drink this for days.

Ferris (16722) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Cask - Sweetness and grains. Clearish gold with a tho white head. Nondescript bitterness and really dry. The beer takes subtle to a whole new level, almost tasteless. Some resin and citrus, but the bitterness and dryness overwhelm.

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle at Golden Garden, Hiroshima. CLoudy amber - white head. High hoppy, fruity, grape fruits, melon, citric, flowery, resin, caramel, nice malty, nice high hoppy.

faroeviking (11252) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - APR 8, 2017
Botella. Amber colour unclear, medium white head. Aroma is hoppy fruity. Flavour is hoppy fruity with citrus, sweet. Good bitterness, dry.

KyotoLefty (10726) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Medium copper color with a very low, lacy head. Rather rich amber malt aroma, caramel, some hops but not a lot. Rich malt flavor, caramel, chocolate. Good hops bitterness but without a lot of hop aroma. Some though, with some fruit and a bit of citrus. Very rich strong, malt, though, right through to the end. Earthy, bitter, but malty finish. Very complex, though not as fruity and hoppy as I would ask for. Well done, though. Great Malt.

MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:

Orangey fruitiness, sturdy earth, resinous conifers, caramel apples stuff the pillowy mouthfeel of this freshest of IPAs. Such a complex and seamless stream of smooth flavors cannot help but make you long for more.

Further Personal Perceptions:

-A compact head of foam lingers atop the cloudy orange-red.

-The finish just goes on and on.

-Natural carbonation and bulky malts conjure up a seductive mouthfeel.

-Balanced, flavorful, very drinkable, and somewhat nourishing too; a very good IPA.

On cask at Popeye’s.

laiti (8522) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
Draught @ Ushi‐Tora, Tokyo. Rated on 16.09.2011

Very refreshing and a bit light aroma with fresh, exotic fruits. Hoppy flavour with bready malt. Sticky finish. An ok IPA, but too malty.

larsga (7669) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2007
Small offwhite creamy head. Hazy amber body. Very faint hop aroma. Soft sweetish bitter citrus and flower taste. Honey and strawberry notes. Dry citric hop aftertaste. Nice understated IPA. (0.25l on tap at Popeye.)

TimE (6175) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2008
Beautiful golden amber color. soft hoppy nose of oranges and apples. Sweet malty start is balanced by bitter hops hitting the back of the mouth with a touch of tropical fruit flavors. Well balanced. Finishes dry with hops simply sitting there and lingering. Not aggressive or passive. Its not only me who has said this is an excellent hybrid US-English IPA. Very nice.

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