Shiga Kogen IPA by Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen IPA

Straight out of the gate I’m reminded of Aooni, the first beer I reviewed at BeerTengoku and my current “Beer of the Year By Which All Other Beers Are Judged.” Shiga Kogen IPA Aroma & Taste Shiga Kogen IPA is a slightly darker colour, however; the golden hues seem to shift under the light, though that may be because this …

Minoh Pale Ale by Minoh Beer

Minoh Pale Ale has slowly made inroads in Kanto recently, with Tokyu Hands being one of the main sellers of it in its bottled form after being only available in draft form for so long. The Pale Ale has also won two international awards; in 2003 at the International Beer convention and then four years later at the same convention. …

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss by Karuizawa Brewery

Karuizawa Weiss

Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss was one of the first beers to come out of Karizawa Brewery in 2013. Originally advertised as a German kristalweizen, or a clear filtered weizen beer, it is firmly in the mould of a German hefeweizen. Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss Aroma and Taste Karuizawa Asama Kougen Weiss is very much a hefeweizen as from the moment it is poured into …

Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout by Kiuchi Brewery

Lacto sweet stout poured out.

“A lacto sweet stout?!” I thought. Worth a try as I like sweet things, I enjoy stouts, and I love all things made from milk, and you have to be a fan of all those three to ensure that you enjoy this concoction. Kiuchi brewery have produced a beer that’s got so much going on, that this lacto sweet stout is …

Ajiwai Tenya by Tazawako Kohan no Mori

Ajiwai Tenya

One from the northern climes of Japan is this Ajiwai Tenya, which translates to “a taste of heavenly shores”. Brewed in a dunkel style which has its origins in Germany, this 5% beer is rarely found outside of Akita. Ajiwai Tenya Aroma and taste Ajiwai Tenya pours out a hazy dark brown colour that settles quickly into the glass, amber at the …

Coedo Beniaka by Coedo Brewery

An image of Coedo's Beniaka

Coedo name their beers after different colour hues and this beer is a deep amber red colour, as the name Beniaka (“bright red tinged with yellow”) suggests. Due to the amount of sweet potato versus malt contained in the beer, Coedo Beniaka is classified as a happoshu. But wait! Before you run off to buy another beer instead, just read …

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale by Sankt Gallen

Sankt Gallen Pineapple Ale

So if something smells like a beer and tastes like a beer, then it must be a beer? By that same reckoning, Sankt Gallen’s Pineapple ale definitely smells like pineapple, and tastes like pineapple; however, that’s where the rule fails as it is most definitely a beer. This is another edition to their summer fruits beer, along with their Shonan Gold, …

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Amber Ale

  Hitachino Nest Amber Ale comes out- surprise!- as a nice amber mahogany colour, with a decent head and a light nose. The flavour is complex and layered; my notes included a lot of question marks. It’s bitter, so bitter, dry and woody, with smoke and roast malt nuances. Much like the Pale Ale reviewed here, the flavour is so …

Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale

Rising Sun Pale Ale is one of Baird Beer’s main beers and is also one of their most popular beers on tap, found at all of their taprooms all year round, and also at other places, such as Good Beer Faucets. Moreover, it can also be found overseas, such as in Thailand and in Australia.   Rising Sun Pale Ale Aroma …

Hitachino Nest White Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest White Ale is considered to be the flagship beer of the Hitachino range and has won gold medals at several beer competitions in both the U.K. and the U.S. Hitachino Nest White Ale is brewed in a similar manner to Belgian wheat beer with plenty of additional ingredients such as coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg. Hitachino Nest White Ale …