willisread (3802) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 Re-rate: Can from Natural Lawson. Drank straight from the can. Lots of grapefruit and light tropical notes on the nose. Feelsl light on the palate but still well-balanced with a much less intense malt character. Definitely some west coast influence now. Good citrusy, juicy hops with a lingering, pithy bitterness which is subdued and quite nice. This has to be a new recipe, definitely not the Aooni of the past few years. Really solid and this batch was better than Captain Crow. 330ml can from Masuyo’s in Tokyo. Poured into a shaker half pint. Beautiful rich copper color with a modest white head. Pine needles, tree sap, dark honey aromas present. A slight sweet malt flavor peeks out only to be squashed immediately by a tsunami of bitterness on the palate that drags the beer down as you swallow. A little too overwhelmingly bitter. Moebbels (835) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a fluffy, lasting white head. Nose has nice notes of honey, resin, citrus fruits and flowers. Taste is mildly sweet but is quickly overruled by a hefty bitterness that leads to a lingering bitter finish. Medium carbonation and a rich, oily palate. Very nice and well balanced IPA.
AlutisLt (59) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JAN 31, 2015
japoniškas kraftinis IPA (pirkta Estijoj). nieko ypatingo. ipa kaip ipa. kokybiška ir skani. 22 balai. tandembrauer (1664) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Shared can at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours golden amber. Aroma of tropical fruits, caramel, some bread, earthy hops. Sweet with bitter and dry finish. Malt, bust some fruity notes. Bitter finish with a long lasting aftertaste. gunnar (9922) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Shared can at Cardinal. Pours light hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is dark fruity, oranges. Taste is moderate bitter, harsh, with a solid malty body, marmelade sweetness in the long aftertaste.
Holmen2 (4293) - NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Shared can at Mi2 at Cardinal 26.01.15. Moderate aroma dried fruits and tropical fruits. Similarly fruity taste. Artificial aftertaste of fruit bonbon. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
A hazed amber IPA with a thin light mocha head. In aroma,¯nice caramel malt with herbaceous floral hops, piney and green, musty and pleasant. In mouth, a nice caramel malt with piney floral hops, with light doughy notes, light grapefruit, nice. Can bought in Seoul in Nov 2014. jmgreenuk (10343) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 21, 2015
Can at Brew (Asiatique), Bangkok. Poured a hazy medium amber with a frothy white head and a little broken lace. The aroma is big fruity citrus hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a grass nettle hop, light toothpaste bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied witn average carbonation. A big hopfest for sure, but it seems to hang together quite well. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 1. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head.
NOSE: hoppy, pine, florar, sweet.
TASTE: hoppy, pine, florar, sweet, oké MadizTyyr (7) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
The face on the can laughing at you tells the story very well - decent bitter hoppy IPA with a strong hazelnut aftertaste. Straightforward.