KyotoLefty (10194) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2008
On tap at the brewery.
Deep amber color with a large, off-white head. Aroma of rounded, fruity amber malt, good hops, pine, earth, a touch of bubble gum. Good malt flavor, strongish hops, light sweetness. Fruity, with cherry or dark fruits, a bit roasted, and a sweet-and-sour edge. Some citrus and bubble gum. Very dry, flinty hop finish. Long-lasting. Probably the best of the day.
jonno (2751) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 A higly impressive brew. Smells like a belgian ale, but definately tastes like a pale ale...get in to it at the thrash zone, seems to always be on tap buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 4, 2008
Unique brew that kind of wrestles around the pale ale genre. Some smooth bitterness that begins to conflict with some other slightly fruity flavors (apples?). A bit of a challenging beer that begs for repeated pints. Haunting and loving it. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a creamy tan head. Fruity hops that seem more Belgian than American in character wiith apricot noticeable. Bready flavours meet intense bitterness. Herbs, soap and apricot all compete for attention. Body could be fuller in my opinion. Still a beer to remember. Capa (3251) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Tap at Thrash Zone. Golden amber with a tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, and fruit. Crisp, medium body. Flavor is nive for an APA. hoppy citrus, some herbal notes, lemon, and a little soap. Ends bitter and lasting. Real nice.
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2007
A nice and good tasting beer. Nice bitter and full bodied beer. Drunk on draft at Thrash Zone, Yokohama MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:TimE (5789) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
This Pale Ale’s muscular hoppiness is its main draw, one which displays citrusy fruitiness under wet leaves, growing on a pine tree. These hop festivities luckily benefit from a supporting malt body and are thus able to sparkle for the pleasure of all alpha groupies.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the clear peachy blond.
-Loads of hops make up a very enticing, complex nose (citrusy, herbal, leafy, etc.)
-Peachy sweetness helps diminish the hop dominance, but balance is not reached (not that I care).
-This might have been the hoppiest beer in my 5-week Nippon trip.
On tap at Towers.
Med amber color. Apricots, apples, oranges with obvious use of pale malts in the nose. Nice up front hoppy start. Some cookies, apples and peaches. Very bitter, like a can of whoop ass bitter, citrusy finish. Not really well put together, but still very intersting.