Iwate Kura Pale Ale is a 4% English-style pale ale from Sekinoichi Brewery. Let’s see, this one has a meaningless award associated with it: a silver medal at the International Beer Challenge in 2007. Second best a decade ago, back when no-one gave a toss about Japanese craft beer? I can hardly wait to try this one.
Iwate Kura Pale Ale Aroma and Taste
Iwate Kura Pale Ale pours out hazy (that’s hazy, Rob, not Hazy, so please retrieve your monocle from your antique Toby jug), with a couple of centimetres of head. Now, I know that it says “English-style” up there, but the nose on this is as dank and hoppy as a rabbit on the 20th of April (think about it…). There’s strong notes of pine and resin too, and a sweet honey scent.
It tastes dry and bitter, almost as though it’s been dry-hopped. I’ve mentioned that dry-hopping classes a beer as “happoshu” under Japanese law, but on the other hand, have you ever seen a Japanese craft beer that proclaims to be dry-hopped? Are breweries dry-hopping and just not mentioning it? Or is dry-hopping completely unpopular here? Need to Occam’s Razor that shit, folks.
Anyway. Much like the aroma foreshadowed, Iwate Kura Pale Ale tastes very piney and resiny. I’m really enjoying the hops in this. I am pleasantly surprised. It’s quite a light beer, which is good because a sludgy, damp, muggy beer would not make this 35-degree afternoon go by more bearably. It’s very slightly malty, but predominantly hoppy. The hoppy aftertaste lingers in the nose and upper palate.
Iwate Kura Pale Ale: The Bottom Line
This beer is great for a hot day like this. You could even call this a Session Ale as it’s ever so slightly lower in ABV. Give it a try!
Where to Buy Iwata Kura Pale Ale
Iwata Kura Pale Ale can be bought online at the following places: