Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Fresh and fruity lager beer. Reminds me of an American craft brew lager. Clean and really tasty with a bit of citrus character. Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma: Strongly floral and earthy hops, light bread/grain, yeast
Color: Yellow Gold
Flavor: Initial attack: very floral and fruity (lively mikan, lemon), grain, yeast.
Mid-palate and Finish: fruit flavors quickly fade but the floral, grain,
yeast and a light bitterness remains.
Comment: Tasty burst of flavor and carbonation on the initial attack. Very
well done. Better than than last years possibly because I drank this
fresh just after it was released in October. yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2015
Not too impressed with look or smell, but she tastes great and the carbonation is just about perfect. Nice session beer. petewhitley (566) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2013
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Tall boy can. Pours a clear golden yellow with medium white head that disappears somewhat quickly. Malts and spicy hops on the nose. Flavor is malty, with a nice hoppy punch. I actually appreciated the lack of bitterness in the finish, personally. This beer is SOOOO much better than the original Ichiban. Still a macro, but definitely a step in the right direction.
KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 350 ml can. The first fresh hop Kirin since they went all-malt.
Medium gold with a medium head. Good noble hop aroma, fragrant. Good, rich malt flavor with lots of aromatic hops. Very nice, full-flavored and rich. Great citrus hops. An impressively hoppy beer for a major. Definitely one of the best they’ve made, though it could use a bit more bitterness in the finish.
johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Another can smuggled in country by my sister in law, thanks Terry!
Pours a deep clear golden color with a nice bubbly bone white head that slowly recedes after sticking some lace. The aroma is very weak. Faint grain with sweet malt and floral hop and skunk. Taste is sweet and grainy with a hint of spicy earthy hops. Light honey and green apple flavors in there as well. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. This one is actually not to bad. A bit thin and lacking pizazz but I actually tasted hops for a second there and that can’t be a bad thing. maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. 2012 vintage. "Toretate Hop" Just appeared on the shelves in Japan. Strong grass aroma, with an above-average hoppiness (not so much, but decidely more than the regular Ichiban Shibori). Clear medium straw color, large head, and clumpy thick lace. Mild sweet initial flavor; mid palate is balanced with hops; final trickles away fairly quickly. Thin-medium body, with a good bit of carbonation. Quite pleasant, but not exceptional. I wonder how soon, really, a macro brewer can get harvest hops into the brewing process. melush (4105) - SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
Can 33cl / Lata 33cl.
Gift from a friend.
A: Clear golden / Dorado.
T/S: Malt, slightly fruity, hops / Malta, ligeramente afrutado, a lupulo GoufCustom (2004) - HONG KONG - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013
500 ml can labeled ‘2012 Limited Brew’. Light amber gold colour; Medium head and decent looking white foam which last for about 2 minutes; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation. Strong smell of malt with aroma of straw and herbs; Full body, with taste of strong malt and light grass. Hop bitterness comes in a punch but pleasant, still on the low side. Brief sweetness being swept by waves of malt and hoppiness. Dry after taste, bitterness is okay so it’s fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: Unlike most Asian macro lagers, this one is free of adjuncts, good body, is malty and quite hoppy and easily enjoyable. If only Asian macros are willing to do these nice neat stuffs all year round. Seasonal? I’ll take it any day.