jinroh (2585) - ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2017
Can from my local Natural Lawson, fresh batch. Pours transparent, nicely golden, some white foam on top. Nose has some grainy base, light tropical hops covering that. Feels like they have reduced the hop bill compared with the last incarnation of this beer. Now feels actually a bit soapy, grainily soapy. Taste brings out more of that hop character, feels quite fresh and with a medium hop level. Finish is dry, bitter and with lingering herbal hops. Probably one of the best session IPL's in Japan. tderoeck (10983) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2017
11/VIII/17 - 350ml can from a trade @ home - BB: 2018/II/10 (2017-1202) Thanks to shoulderbroken for the trade!mrjez (754) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2017
Clear orange beer, nice creamy irregular off-white head, unstable, falls down quickly, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of tropical fruits, bit funky, resinous, some grapefruit notes. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lots and lots of citrus, grapefruit, bit watery though, grassy, bitter. Aftertaste: some tropical fruits, fairly bitter, grassy, bit metallic, little sweet and malty, passion fruits, grains, nice one!
Can from Seijo Ishii, 4.5%. Gold pour, dense half finger of foam. Piney aroma, grapefruit, citrus, pissy. Grass, grain malts, with plenty of pine, grapefruit. Spritzy front but with a smooth medium body, rising prickly bitterness late, bitey like CC but more approachable. I agree with KBL, it did get even nicer towards the end as it warmed a bit, more rounded in the back half. Nice one. KansaiBeerLvrs (5578) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 14, 2017
About 330¥ at Seijo Ishii, this is the same team that brought you Captain Crow a standout J-craft reasonably priced hoppy beer.
For this follow-up collaboration they made a hoppy lager that is a crystal clear gold with a thick fluffy white head and a fragrant piney hop bouquet with a bit of fruit to sweeten up the aroma - nice.
Medium to full bodied, the taste is bitter pine, woodsy, a little herbal and finishing quite dry. Good but I prefer the slightly cheaper Captain Crow I think. It grew on me though as it warmed, becoming more balanced and flavorful.
douglas88 (9836) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Can thanks to Nevitt. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A nice sweet toast and fruity hop nose. Sweet caramel, fresh tropical hops, biscuit....this is awesome! Lovely smooth floral and citrus IPL.
maekchu (4184) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 5, 2017
Can (w/o the "Proto" in the name -- I assume it is the same beer). Nose of Nelson, citrus, all quite rich. Medium gold color. Nelson fruitiness, light caramel, with a bit of hop burn in late mid and final. Okay. But certainly overdone with the Nelson hops. jonno (3042) - JAPAN - JUL 2, 2017
Trapped in purgatory
A lifeless object, alive
Death will be their acquiescence
The sky is turning red
Return to power draws near
Fall into me, the sky’s crimson tears
Abolish the rules made of stone
Pierced from below, souls of my treacherous past
Betrayed by many, now ornaments dripping above
TimE (6353) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 21, 2017
golden color. Frothy white head. Massive big dry hoppy bitter nose. Dry brimming with hops, that scorch across your throat. KyotoLefty (10931) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 21, 2017
Tap at Keyaki Spring 2017. PRetty, glowing gold with a low, thick head. Pissy Nelson nose, grapefruit, crackers. Grassy, fruity flavor, crackers, some cat piss, and a peppery, prickly finish. Crisp and grain with great hops. Nicely bitter. Classy stuff.