Kamikatz Pale Ale by Rise & Win Brewing Company 

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Kamikatz Pale Ale is a 4.5% English Pale Ale from Rise & Win Brewing Company, based in Tokushima, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Kamikatz Pale Ale is brewed using imported European and American hops though which ones are unknown at the time of writing. Kamikatz Pale Ale …

Iwami American Pale Ale by Iwami Bakushu

Iwami American Pale Ale 石見アメリカンペールエール

Iwami American Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Iwami Bakushu, based in Shimane, Japan. It’s part of their all year round range of craft beer and can be found in bottles only at the time of writing. Unlike most of the beers from Iwami Bakushu, the strangest adjunct contained in Iwami American Pale Ale are lemons sourced from …

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Source of Styles #2 – Pale Ale

Source of Styles #2 – Pale Ale

Pale ales are a cornerstone of the modern craft beer world. The bitter, aromatic, generously-hopped version we are familiar with today has its roots in two separate beers: Anchor Brewing Co.’s Anchor Liberty Ale (1975) and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale (1980). The term “pale ale”, however, goes back much further than that. “Pale ale” was a term used interchangeably with …

TDM1874 Pale Ale by TDM1874 Brewery 

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TDM1874 Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from TDM1874 Brewery, based in Yokohama, Japan. It can be found on tap and also in bottles, though the former is more common.  Two of the hops used in TDM1874 Pale Ale are Columbus, with this probably being the bittering hop, and Simcoe as one of the aroma hops. TDM1874 Pale Ale Aroma …

Suginoya Pale Ale by Suginoya Beer

Suginoya Pale Ale

Suginoya Pale Ale, sometimes sold as Hakata Pale Ale, is a 5% American pale ale from Suginoya Beer, based in Fukuoka, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Depressingly enough, Suginoya Beer advertises this beer as being popular with female drinkers – thus negating the …

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Yona Yona Ale (2017) by Yo-Ho Brewing

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Yo-Ho Brewing have updated their classic Yona Yona Ale for the 20th anniversary of its release. But how is it? Yona Yona is a 5.5% American Pale Ale made with Cascade hops. Twenty years is a long time in Japan craft beer history- especially considering the relaxed laws that triggered the first boom were only introduced twenty-three years ago. Yo-Ho …

Futako Ale by Futako Beer

Futako Ale

Futako Ale is a 5% American pale ale brewed by Futako Beer, based in Tokyo, Japan. Like the rest of the Futako Beers, Futako Ale was brewed under contract at Hitachino Nest and the beer can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Futako Ale also contains barley that has been locally grown in the Setagaya area of Tokyo, …

Ise Kadoya Costa Rica Coffee Ale by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Costa Rica Coffee Ale

Ise Kadoya Costa Rica Coffee Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. The beer is part of their limited edition lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The coffee beans used in Ise Kadoya Costa Rica Coffee Ale are the same ones that were used in the G7 Summit …

Kizakura Lucky Dog by Kizakura Brewery

Kizakura Lucky Dog

Kizakura Lucky Dog is a 5% pale ale from Kizakura Brewery. It’s unfiltered and made with rice and Cascade hops. Kizakura Lucky Dog Aroma and Taste The second of the Kizakura Lucky beers I found, I hadn’t checked what type of beer it was before I opened it (I like to live dangerously). Before pouring I got a whiff of …

Johana Mugiya Ale by Johana Beer

Johana Mugiya Ale

Johana Mugiya Ale is a 5.5% American pale from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in bottles, as well as on tap, across Japan. Johana Mugiya Ale is brewed using locally sourced Koshihikari rice, deemed to be one of the best strains of Japonica rice and is also …