Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: American Pale Ale
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 29, 2008
Shiga Kgen beers are produced by a sake brewer in Nagano, Japan who just started making beer within the past 4-6 years. Apparently, they grow their own hops and have a knack for releasing quality brews year round. Their pale ale is one of the best in Japan. Smooth, malty character with a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. Nice lingering bitter finish exemplifies the perfect balance. Superb in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (819) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Can from Carrefour Beitou. Exp 02/17. Very attractive pour - hazy amber with very slowly settling dense white head. Nose is pleasantly fruity and just a bit hop forward with strawberry and flowers. Texture is really nicely tuned- great smooth but substantial mouthfeel. Flavor is excellent, mildly sweet toffee malt at the outset, quickly overtaken by clean citrus hop resins, and finishes with a memorable mild bitterness and lingering hop resin flavor. Wow - really good - my first pale ale from Japan, this is outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 Aroma: floral, citrus, peach, apricot, orange, light pineapple, some earthiness and grain. Flavor: starts with orange peach, and apricot, followed by grainy malt with the underlying bitterness coming out on the mid-palate. Finishes with lingering fruit, grain and a growing bitterness. Comment: great interplay of fruit and bittering that lasts nearly 30 seconds. A medley of Fresh fruit salad on the nose. A superb pale ale that shows off the malt. Dry hopped real ale version at Eni-bru Aroma: light orange Flavor: orange and grapefruit with light bitterness. Comment: light-medium body with very smooth mouthfeel. 37pts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
Tap at Popeye. Clear light amber colour, little head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, bit of grain. Taste is nicely bitter, light citrus hints, slightly spicy maltiness. Very easy drinking. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (1091) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2015
Draught at Bungalow. Cloudy gold with a thick white head. Citrus fruit aroma. Decently bitter, bready and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2554) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
Orange/ amber hue, medium white head. Nose is floral and citrous hop aroma. Bit of pine. Taste is citrous, bit of grapefruit, and then giving way to a nice sweet malt finish. Good interpretation of an American pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
borre_m (1625) - NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
Pours dark golden, with a slightly tanned head. aroma is on the fruity side, apricot and citrus. Taste has citrus and fruits, with maltiness. a nice pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
330 ml bottle. Dark amber colour. Hazy. Tall off-white fluffy head. Rich apricoty malts. Crisp malt aromas. Nutty. Distinct piney hop flavour. Grassy and floral. Grapefruity. Flavours are very rich with nice nutty malts. Rather complex malt bill for a pale ale. More malts than hops in the flavour. Finishes dry with a grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (10126) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2008
This was the 2008 "Fresh hop" version with aroma hops that they grew themselves added. Bottle from Yamaoka. Dark copper with almost no head. Fruity, very hoppy aroma with lots of citrus, some pepper, caramel. Fruity, very hoppy flavor. Caramel in the back ground. Much more hop aroma than the regular version, and on the whole, that much nicer. A good PA made better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westkyoto77 (635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Yamaoka. Handsome dark golden brown, delicious aromas of hops, some caramel. Rich and satisfying without being the slightest bit overdone in any way. Remarkable balance, if a little lacking in complexity. Not quite as incredible as their IPA, but still a beer of very high quality.

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