Yorocco Skywalker IPA by Yorocco Beer

Yorocco Skywalker IPA is a 6% American IPA from Yorocco Beer, based in Zushi, Kanagawa. I was going to make this review full of Star Wars references but I got told, in no uncertain terms by Joe, not to do it. Its name has an obvious link to the movies but rumours are abound that it is actually a reference …


Ushitora #70 First Impact by Ushitora Brewery

Ushitora #70 First Impact

Ushitora #70 First Impact is a 7.3% American Black IPA or a Belgian strong ale from Ushitora Brewery, based in Tochigi. Why have we given it two different styles? Well, I’ve had it twice in less than a week and both places (Maltan in Kanda and Sakura Taps in Yokohama) had listed under two different styles. This beer is a renewal …

Shonan IPA Southern Cross by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan IPA Southern Cross

Shonan IPA Southern Cross is 6% American IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Kanagawa. It’s part of their experimental American IPA series of beers on tap that use a variety of different hops. The Southern Cross hops, first released in 1994, are a species that has its base in three different hops: the New Zealand variety “Smoothcone” and a 1950’s research …


Aqula Kiwa IPA by Aqula Beer

Aqula Kiwa IPA

Aqula Kiwa IPA is a 6% American IPA from Aqula Beer, based in Akita. This beer is part of their draft only lineup, and there hasn’t been any announcement for it to join the rest of their range in bottles. Unfortunately, Aqula Kiwa IPA doesn’t contain any kiwi fruit nor the flightless bird at all; however, it does contain two kinds …


Thrashzone Morbid Red by Thrashzone Brew Labo

Thrashzone Morbid Red

Thrashzone Morbid Red is a 6.8% American IPA brewed by Thrashzone Brew Labo based in Yokohama. It is heavily infused with El Dorado hops while the redness of the beer is associated with the Keihin Kyūkō, aka Keikyu, line that runs through Yokohama station. According to the Thrashzone Brew Labo, the Keikyu line is the “soul train” though it’s a far stretch …

Kyoto Kuroshio no Gotoku by Kyoto Brewing Company

Kyoto Kuroshio no Gotoku

Kyoto Kuroshio no Gotoku is a 4.8% stout from Kyoto Brewing Company that is part of their all-year round range of beers, know as their Teiban range. The name roughly translates to “Like the Black Tide”, with the Black Tide referring to the Japan current that works its way from Japan to the West Coast of the USA. With Kyoto Brewing …


Shonan Black IPA by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan Black IPA

Shonan Black IPA is a 6% black IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo that is part of their winter seasonal list. The Shonan Beer already has a “regular” IPA on the list, reviewed here, and this version is nigh on the same besides the usage of dark malt, possible carafa III, in the mashing stage, though at the time of writing, it …

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout

Ise Kadoya Mocha French Coffee Stout is a 5% stout from Ise Kadoya that is part of their limited edition draft beer range of beers. It was first released in November 2015 and follows their Ise Kadoya French Coffee Stout series after the Mandheling version back in Spring 2015. It is available on draft only and I think that the people …

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA By Bay Brewing Yokohama

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is a 6.8% American India pale ale from Bay Brewing Yokohama. It is brewed using Yokohama-grown barley from Iwasaki-san, hence the name, who lives in Yokohama. It is triple-hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Motueka, and Chinook hops in the boil and then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. At the time of writing, Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is only available …

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale is an 8% imperial red ale winter seasonal from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery, also known as Swan Lake Beer, that is their contribution to the Masaji Beer Project. Unlike the rest of the range of the beers, it is a draft only release with no plans to release it in bottles. The reason behind …