Minoh W-IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh W-IPA

There’s really not much in the way of introduction for this one. Minoh W-IPA is a 9% Double IPA from Osaka’s lovely Minoh brewery. I have to say, though, that the Japanese use of “W” meaning “double” drives me up the fucking wall.

Minoh W-IPA Aroma and Taste

Minoh W-IPA pours completely opaquely, in yet another dick move that reminds me of my crappy homebrew brainfarts and makes me think I’ve got a bad bottle. Are the spirits of Christmas beers past come to torment me? Oh, begone! You’re nothing but a bad bit of cheese I ate before bed! I knew I shouldn’t have had that Danish Blue that was actually dripping!

Not much head or nose on this one, though it seemed like I should have turned it upside down beforehand as a lot of the malt had settled at the bottom and that really changed the flavour when it glolloped into the glass. I usually don’t drink the sediment because of the crippling heartburn but I was feeling brave (and start work at 6:00 tomorrow evening), so I gave it a swig and, well, here I a

Minoh W-IPA

Only kidding. I was actually driving when I wrote that and might have hit a cat (Also kidding). Anyway, Minoh W-IPA is as bitter as a middle-aged eikaiwa teacher. Those cascade hops. Damn. I actually coughed due to the bitterness while drinking this, and I’m a tough manly man who drinks neat whiskey without flinching even though mummy said it’d give me a sore tum-tum. The fact that it’s 9% isn’t lost on me, either- it melds well with the malt for a cosy warming feeling, and if you swish a mouthful around your gob for a few seconds it produces a curious spicy undertaste (new word copyright me, meaning as yet not entirely defined).

Minoh W-IPA One-Line Review

Minoh W-IPA is exactly as advertised, and indeed as imagined. Minoh can do no wrong in my eyes, apart from irritating me with that W.

Where to Buy Minoh W-IPA

Minoh W-IPA can be bought from the Minoh Beer online store here. Else, Sakaya Okdaya sell it here, GoodBeer here, CraftBeers here, and Le Collier in Tokyo Station here.

Minoh W-IPA Second Opinion

Some people may classify me as a hophead; sometimes the assault of a superhopped beer pleases me but I’m surprised how bitter Joe felt this beer was. I thought it was quite dry with a spicy undertaste and a mild amount of bitterness. But then I do drink paint stripper from time to time. Still, Minoh W-IPA is well worth drinking, especially if you can find it on tap.

About the Author

Joe Robson

Pompous elitist and occasional beard owner Joe lives in Kanagawa, Japan. He enjoys a nice stout, a book and a good bowl of ramen. He never carries more than 10000yen in cash and always washes his hands.

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