Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki is an 8% NE IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative brew they did with Culmination Brewing, an American brewery based in Portland, Oregon. It originally came out in June 2017; however, do to its popularity, Ise Kadoya have brewed again it for distribution on tap across Japan. It’s unknown whether if it will be bottled again or not.
Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki Aroma and Taste
NE IPA, or New England IPAs, have slowly made in-roads into the Japanese craft beer scene, but it’s a slowly movement due to the beer having to be drunk fresh. Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki was a blink-and-miss-it beer when it first came out – I missed it in bottles and on tap the first time around, so when TBE Brewing in Ebisu mentioned on its Facebook page that they had just put it on tap, off I went!
I still hold the opinion that NE IPA should be drunk from an opaque container as they really do not look appealing in any shape or form. It’s as if someone had taken a handful of Cheetos and then blended them up with some yoghurt to produce a lumpy milkshake-esque drink. However, the fruity aroma of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and some lemon going on as well.
Drinking Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki fresh out of the keg was a delight – the 8% was undetectable – and the fruity, juicy flavours meant it felt like I was drinking some thing akin to a freshly squeezed mixed juice, with a hint of bitterness going on in it as well. The flavours were well-balanced and the only problem I had was drinking it too quickly. It finished off with lingering mango and pineapple, along with some papaya going on too.
Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki The Bottom Line
If Ise Kadoya Neko Nihiki is what a NE IPA is supposed to taste like, then I recommend it.