Kure Black IPA by Kure Beer

Kure Black IPA

Kure Black IPA is a 4.7% black IPA from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, Japan. It was first released in March 2016 and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan; however, at the time of writing we’re unsure if it is an actual seasonal beer or an all-year round edition. Kure Black IPA is brewed using 5 different …

Johana Hikiyama Black by Johana Beer

Johana Hikiyama Black

Johana Hikiyama Black is a 5.5% black IPA from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It was first released in 2016 and appeared in their spring seasonal lineup again in 2017, though it’s unknown whether it’s become part of their all-year lineup or not? I guess it’s only taken Japan a couple of years to catch up with the black …

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas is a 8% black IPA from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It was first brewed in 2016 as part of a collaborative effort with Liquors Hasegawa, known for having an amazing stock of whiskey / whisky from around the world and also being one of Brewery Songbird’s largest stockists. Songbird Noir de Cairdeas uses peated malt, …

Tokorozawa Dark Horse by Tokorozawa Brewery

Tokorozawa Dark Horse

Tokorozawa Dark Horse is a 5.5% black IPA from Tokorozawa Brewery, based in Saitama, Japan. It’s part of their all year round of draft beers and is yet to see the light of day in terms of bottling. Besides that, not much else is known Tokorozawa Dark Horse as neither their homepage or other Japanese site lists the ingredients used; however, Tokorozawa Dark Horse …

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA is a 6% black IPA, sometimes called a Cascadian IPA, from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup of the three monkey beers with Minoh Kozaru IPA and Minoh Osaru IPA, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The Bosuzaru refers to the term of the alpha male, or the …

Hakuba Black by Hakuba Brewing Company

Hakuba Black

Hakuba Black is a 5% Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA, from Hakuba Brewing Company, based in Hakuba village, Nagano. It was the second bottle release from them, after the Hakuba Pale Ale. Like that one, the beer is brewed using groundwater sourced from the largest all-year round glacier in Japan though it is classified as a happoshu. It’s brewed with …

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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 …

Brimmer Session Black IPA by Brimmer Brewing

Brimmer Session Black IPA

Brimmer Session Black IPA is a 5.5% black IPA from Brimmer Brewing, based in Kawasaki. It was originally brewed for Watering Hole’s second anniversary in 2014, but Brimmer Session Black IPA is now part of their seasonal range of beer and was released in bottles in 2015. When it originally came out, it had an abv of 4.5% but it seems …

Shiga Kogen WIBA Masaji the Great by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen W-IBA Masaji the Great

Shiga Kogen WIBA Masaji the Great is Tamamura Honten’s annual release in the “Masaji Beer Project” series of beers. It’s a 9% black IPA that is released at the beginning of December and 2015 is the fourth iteration of the beer. The inspiration behind it are the Minoh Stout and Minoh Imperial Stout beers combined with Tamamura Honten’s inhouse IPA. It …

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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 …