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Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: Amber Ale
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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4.2
omhper (25744) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Orange-brown, small head. Roasty and perfumy. Mid-dry with dense rounded mouthfeel. Grapefruity hops interact well with roasty malt. Long hop bitter finish. Aromatic, fresh and very tasty!

3
TBone (18227) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Tap at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Deep amber color, small white head, lace. Aroma has ryeish caramel. Medium-bodied. Caramel-crystal malts, rye, grass. Sweetish amber ale. Ok.

3.4
Ferris (16521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
Cask - Caramel and grains. Clear copper with no head. Caramel and grains with a slight hop bitterness. A decent amber.

3.5
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Draught at Algate. Clear red/amber - offwhite head. Nice malty. Nice hoppy. Caramel. Fruity. Grassy. Amber malts. Ryebread. Light bitterness. Nice.

3.7
Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - clear amber colour with a solid pale beige foam; flowery aroma with notes of vanilla and caramel; good malt body, some sweetness balanced by a fair bitterness, quite tasty palate, long hoppy finish, slightly fruity and toasted - very interesting, rich and balanced

3.1
Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle 330ml @ Nøgne Ø
Pours clear amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, funk and some tartness. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel and funky finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.8
KyotoLefty (10691) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Medium to dark amber, quite reddish, tallish, fine head. Very hoppy aroma, probably cascade, very fruity and citrusy, with a light malt character. Taste is better balanced but also dominated by hops. Lightish malt, with caramel, some fruit, tons of hops. Citrus and fruity. Bitter, hoppy finish. A very nice beer, though I would like a bit more malt and caramel. This is great on the hops, though.

3.8
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Flirting hop resins swirl around the seduced peachy caramel malts, as earthy, wooden hop flavors soon take control of the highly amusing dance. If more Amber Ales were like this one, the style might get a lot more respect from craft beer lovers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large, frothy head of foam bobs atop the hazy dark amber.
-Caramel malts accompany the hops into the vibrant finale.
-As someone else has said, this is indeed a convincing nod to PNW hop quencher.
-The body is well-malted, and drinkability remains the key.

On tap at Kura-Rin Ginza Lounge.

3.7
douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2017
On tap at Popeye’s. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. A nice soft fruity nose, caramel. Smooth toast, caramel, light citrus. Very clean.

3.5
laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013
Draught (5%) @ Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. Rated on 05.09.2011
Light aroma is sweetish, fruity and hoppy with some vanilla. Flavour is hoppy, slightly sweet, fruity but a bit stale. Also some berries. Slightly watery palate, hops linger in the aftertaste. Decent. 6-3-7-2-15=3.3

Cask @ The Aldgate as ”Swan Lake Algate Ale” (sic). Rated on 16.09.2011
Fresh and hoppy aroma with slightly sweet, caramel‐like malt. Flavour has sweetish toffee with some caramel. Hoppy finish. Feels like amber ale. 7-4-7-3-14=3.5


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