Shonan IPA is a 6% American style IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Chigasaki. Unlike the rest of the Shonan Beer range of experimental IPAs, Shonan IPA is part of their annual release of seasonal craft beers with this one coming out in winter time. However, unlike the experimental range of IPAs, this one is a mix of hops that don’t seem to be listed or advertised anywhere, which is strange considering the amount of interest there is in hop usage and amount. It is available in bottles or on tap form while stocks last.
Shonan IPA Aroma and Taste
The bottled version above was the second time I had tried Shonan IPA, with the first one being at Babel Bayside Kitchen in Yokohama just before Christmas. When I enquired about the beer to the staff, no one seemed to know what hops were used in it, which was worrying as I didn’t know if it was part of the Shonan Beer range of experimental IPAs or just a “regular” batch. Turns out it was part of the winter seasonal release of the beer.
Both of the beers poured out a hazy golden colour with a varying amount of head though Babel Bayside Kitchen are known for putting a large amount of head on top of their beers. The aroma was incredible piney and earthy with a large citrus punch to it – talk about a difficulty in narrowing down the hops used in this beer. While the punch was particular strong, it didn’t last long at all.
The body to Shonan IPA was most interesting with the same piney and earth flavour coming through the strongest but this time, some caramel tones also developed too. The citrus twang was present but far more subdued than in the aroma and helped produce a medium to strong bitterness in the aftertaste that carried the citrus flavour too.
Shonan IPA One Line Review
Shonan IPA is a decent IPA worth trying if you come across it. Much better than the Shonan IPA HBC 342.
Where to Buy Shonan IPA
Unfortunately, we’ve not come across any places that sell Shonan IPA online. I got my bottle from Sagamiya in Kamakura.