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Brewed by Ise Kadoya
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This American-style brown ale is beer is milder and has a richer taste than our Shinto Beer. Sold only in the southern part of Mie and Wakayama prefectures in Japan, this beer is brewed in acknowledgment of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes as an official World Heritage Site.

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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, - NOV 24, 2013
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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ritzn (1253) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1944) - HONG KONG - FEB 22, 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 ones look, taste and feel is anything but a Brown Ale, more in line with the Blonde Ales brewed by the big boys like Suntorys 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 doesnt affects the palate at all. Overall a nice Japanese craft Blonde Ale and worth another visit!

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PotjeBier (3100) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2017
Can from 360 Liquor @ Shinjuku station. Clear orange color. Uneven and sticky off white head. Aroma: resinous, citrus. Retronasal its 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.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
imsky (3) - busan, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 30, 2016 does not count
no aroma, brown, clear, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (3246) - Owensboro, Kentucky, 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. Its OK, but not necessary by any means.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (1505) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2699) - - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5742) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
petewhitley (554) - Nagoya, JAPAN - JUL 25, 2014
hay, nuts, spruce, citrus, amber, clear, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, average carbonation. Interesting aroma, sweet citrus with some forest notes. Nice and clean tasting, quite hoppy and fruity. A bit too on-the-nose in terms of taste, if it were a bit more mellow this would be the kind of brew youd have a hard time not cracking one after another.


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