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Kirin Sparkling Hop

Formerly brewed at Kirin Brewery Company
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The flavor of frozen hops. (Brought back again in 2012 after a 5 year absence)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11959) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2009
33cl can cortesy of faroeviking, thans for sharing this rare japanese. aroma of hops, good hops. otherwise sorta macro aroma flavor is nice hoppy, yet mild. ends bitter. good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (41318) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
33 cL can, courtesy of faroeviking. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Dry and grassy aroma. Grassy and mild citrusy flavoured. Bitter and light body with a citric and bitter finish. Good hoppy brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
Very thin and watery. No signs of hops whatsoever. Not very sparkling either. RIdiculous.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a straw yellow color with a white head. Aroma is pilsner malts, some honey, and floral spicy hops. Flavor is pilsner malts, honey, and a strangely intense floral hop finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (12433) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
12 ounce can courtesy of Proteus93. Thanks! Pours a pale golden color with a medium fizzy head. Poor head retention and weak attempts at lacing. Aroma is a mess... grain, sweet malts, mustiness. Taste is very grain with subtle vegetal, green banana and rice. Sweet finish. Thin bodied. Very interesting and I actually find this a bit preferable than a lot of pale lagers as its more refreshing and more complex. That being said I am disinclined to try it again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Found this one in Okinawa, I was excited about this one, "the sparkling hop" how nice sounding, how wonderful would it be to actually taste some hops since Ive been stranded in the beer wasteland that is Okinawa, Japan for over a year. Sadly, this did not live up to its proclaimed hoppy status. Pours out a very clear and bright yellow with a very white bubbly head. Aroma is fairly sweet at first with perhaps a hint of hop at the end. The flavor is very much the same, grainy sweetness up front, slight bittering at the end and finishes with the buzz of carbonation. Not bad but certainly not hoppy, minus a few points for false advertisment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4173) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2009
According to the can, a "New Zealand hop is included", does that mean there is a hop bud in my can, I am a bit skeptical, but hopefully pop the tab anyway. Alas, there is no hop bud to be seen. The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that is just able to leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark gold color that shows a bright, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like a macro lager that is a bit heavy on the adjunct side; this has a heavy grain-like scent, though as is expected the grain character is washed out, it is just the most noticeable part of the aroma. A kiss of sweet grain and a touch of spicy hop character adds a touch of something else, but really doesnt intrude enough.

Lightly sweet up front, the beer is a bit crisp in the middle (though it could use more of a hop bite) and it finishes dry at first, but then with a grassy grain, light sweetness. This has me flashing back to the high school days when the cheapest light beer was a major score. I wasnt particularly interested in the beer then, and I dont find this particularly interesting now. I cant even say I am in this for the cheap buzz. The carbonation helps to provide some bite, which helps cover for the lacking hop character and balance the sweet grain notes just a bit. While the sweet grain is noticeable, it is more for lack of other flavors as this beer is pretty dry over all. The body of this beer is almost non-existent, which is not a bad thing as it makes this something that would be easy refreshment on a hot day if water was not available. This does seem to have a bit more adjunct / graininess to it than your typical macro-lager, and this in fact becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. Despite being named sparkling hop, this only has a touch of a light bitterness and perhaps a wisp of some spiciness to it.

Not bad, mostly inoffensive, which is likely what the brewery was going for. This is nice and clean, and if you dont mind graininess this doesnt have any flaws. Too bad there wasnt really a "New Zealand Hop Included" in the can, that would have been pretty cool. Perhaps they meant they used one New Zealand hop in the entire batch of this beer, you be the judge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
From a can poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of head. Mild hop flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2008
Pretty typical of the mega Japanese breweries, they advertise hops and then seem afraid to use any. This beer is very similar to the Sapporo Yebisu "Hop" beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2008
Can. Pours pale golden with a dense and thick head. The aroma is more malty than hoppy. Flavours starting malty, but decent bitterness kicks in towards the middle. Floral and grassy hop flavours. Good carbonation. Slightly above average lager beer.

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