60minuteman (1715) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2017 IslandHaole (1268) - Misawa, - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks nice in the glass. A clear copper color with a medium foamy beige head. Sweet toasty malts, (crystal?) light hops, definitely the milder type of IPA along British styles not the hop monsters from the left coast. Well hidden 7%. Quite sweet, too malty? Has some bitterness but lacking the flavor or aroma hops I’d expect. Leaves nice lacy rings in the glass. Well made, just not quite what I was anticipating with the IPA label, more an ESB.
Bottle from shop. Roasted malt, caramel, hop and citrus. Barley and oak with burnt hop, sweetened finish with more barley and roasted hop. Medium-light bitter. Different take on the style but not into it. mzaar (3463) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2017
Flaska. Klar bärnstensfärgad med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av malt, bränd karamell och grapefrukt. Smakinslag av malt, grapefrukt, jord och alkohol. Besk avslutning. tomer (3517) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2016
At a tasting, thanks, smallish bubbly head, quite clear dark orange color, shrubby green aroma with some biscuit in the back, sweet jammy and biscuit flavor with some herbal tea notes, light to medium bitterness. Drinkable but not too exciting. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Naama. Golden. Aroma of malt, grains, caramel, a bit of floral hops, slightly stale. Sweetish flavor with malt, caramel, a bit of biscuits, and bitter floral hops, slightly stale. Medium-bodied. zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 6, 2016
At Max’s place, Pours orange with no head, aroma of grass, caramel, mint, flavor is sweet, malty, marmalade, moldy, medium bodied
jmgreenuk (9452) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 4, 2016
Bottle at Takumi Craft Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a cloudy reddish amber with little life. The aroma is woody resin hop, light citrus fruit. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a rich, crisp, refreshing malt, resin hop, light pepper spice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. It’s all about the hops and not really one for a session. Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle with 7/04/2016 drink by date. Aroma: Earthy, herbal and banana.
Flavor: Caramel, Big dried fruit--orange, mango, maybe berry and banana and later orange on the finish.
Comment: I wonder if the banana character is intentional. Sweet attack is quickly toned down some by the bitter hop. Very concentrated malt. I didn’t expect this from a Japanese brewer. Like a double IPA/barley wine blend. The aroma is a bit reserved.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy orange brown pour with a nice white head. Citrus, floral, pine, bread. Medium pour and carbonation. Slight bitterness. Seems light for a 7% but better than many japanese IPAs biirusaikou (2705) - - JUN 29, 2015
Draught at Soul Bird. Sweet caramel mixed up with green hops, not much else, bittersweet finish. Quite bland and unbalanced, hasn’t improved at all since last time I tried it. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2015
330ml bottle pours out a copper color topped with a tan sand head. Nose is old cereal malts and and a touch of grassy hop. Taste is pretty much all malts and a tad of hoppy bitterness on the end.