jgb9348 (6388) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2017 shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Golden amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is lightly spicy, bit of caramel, grassy hops with a touch of citrus. Smells pretty nice. Taste is a bit disappointing, light caramel, small bitterness at the finish, but feels a bit thin. Little bit of fruit and some sweetness. Nice enough, but maybe not so interesting. Feel like it could be much nicer with a few little tweaks, mainly a bit more body.
Crisp golden coloured body with a pure white head. Aroma of light grasses, some hay, light metal and a touch of subdued herbal hops - relatively nice. Light-bodied; Grassy flavour at first with some more pungent malty and metallic flavours throughout with a touch of light cereal and some mellow herbal hops, but this is pretty much just about the stale-ish malt qualities. Aftertaste shows some grass and light alcohol, but more of the metal and pungent grass and astringent notes. Overall, a decent beer, but not showing much more than a typical lager from the East despite some grassier and herbal hop notes that were noticeable earlier on. I sampled this 35 cL can purchased from City’Super at One IFC in the IFC Mall, in Central, Hong Kong [island] on 29-July-2017 for HK$24,00 sampled on the streets of a very hot Hong Kong on 31-July-2017. invinoveritas (156) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
33cl bottle served cold. Hop and grapefruit on the nose; citrus also on the tongue, along with some kumquat and rice paper. Not bad but a little too bubbly. Ritzn (1654) - GERMANY - MAY 12, 2017
Clear amber with medium beige head. Aroma is grass lychee almonds toffee brown sugar peach. Taste is sweet malt body with some toffee and brown sugar. Balanced with a bit wateryness. Decent. GoufCustom (2072) - HONG KONG - FEB 22, 2017
PotjeBier (3504) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2017
350ml can bought at Aeon Style in Whanpoa Garden, Hung Hom.
Clear amber orange colour; One finger head with crumpety off-white foam which lasted for 90 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with fizzy slight carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of Ale malt, with strong fresh grapefruits, yellow fruits, faint dark fruits, light caramel, light glutinous rice, floral, sugar, pine, resins, biscuits and grass; Mid to light sweet taste of Ale malt, with light caramel, red fruits, thin citrus, light floral, molasses, light spices, faint pine, light resins, strong dough, dry biscuits, fair lemon, medium bitter hops and grass; Medium body. Crisp and quite slick palate; Mouth Feel is good Ale maltyness in a thick background. Very doughty and Pils like with some red fruits and very low caramel. Hops are traces of grapefruits, touch of pine, light ooze and spice. Light floral and fair sweetness. Biscuity with fair lemon to round. Quite nice!... Hoppiness is fresh grapefruits, yellow fruits, floral, pine, resins, and grass; Thin citrus, light floral, light spices, light resins, fair lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is fair and notable for a lasting, medium astringent doughty malty finish; Dry after taste. Light oozy and fairly bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one’s look, taste and feel is anything but a Brown Ale, more in line with the Blonde Ales brewed by the big boys like Suntory’s The Premium Malt Kaoru Ale, but with a lot more (mild) hoppiness and a decisive dry crisp taste. The black rice shows up as nice husky dessert aroma and doesn’t affects the palate at all. Overall a nice Japanese craft Blonde Ale and worth another visit!
Can from 360 Liquor @ Shinjuku station. Clear orange color. Uneven and sticky off white head. Aroma: resinous, citrus. Retronasal it’s caramel malty, light citrus. Flavor is mostly neutral, a bit ale-fruity with light sweetness. Light bodied. Finish is just slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. Started out promising with the aroma, but the rest was disappointing.
imsky (4) - busan, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 30, 2016 does not count
no aroma, brown, clear, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body, willisread (3463) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Can from Foodshow in Shibuya. Nice light stone fruit and peach nose. Average carbonation with a medium body. Fairly clean and not as malt driven as many brown ales are in Japan. Nice, peppery bitterness on the finish. It’s OK, but not necessary by any means. jinroh (1995) - ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2015
Yatagarasu beer - a three-legged giant crow that lead legendary first Emperor Jimmu of Japan from Kumano to Yamato. The creature is also pictured on the 350 ml can. I guess I got it from Takashimaya at Nagoya station. Pours nice clear amber with a frothy head that dissipates soon into a thin film. Aroma is fruity, light tropical hops, promising for a good and refreshing gulp. Taste has some malty sweetness, fruits and rather medium or even light body - that combined with nice hop balance makes it quite quaffable. I think it is actually my second time to try this beer and I seem to like it now more than the last time. Looking forward to the third time. biirusaikou (2705) - - AUG 30, 2014
Nice tropical hops, peach, caramel. Fruity malt, apricot, pine, clean finish. A bit too simple overall, but a rare decent japanese hoppy brown ale mkel07 (6195) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer and Wine January 2014. Solid brown ale with a deep brown colour and tan head. Slightly bitter finish.