Ise Kadoya Tanpopo Gold IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Tanpopo Gold IPA 伊勢角屋たんぽぽゴールドIPA

Ise Kadoya Tanpopo Gold IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their hanakin, yeast harvested from local flowers (got to be a catchier name than that in English!), series with this one using yeast harvested from tanpopo, or dandelions. While it is an American IPA, Ise Kadoya Tanpopo Gold IPA has an …

Minoh Blooming IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Blooming IPA 箕面ブルーミングIPA

Minoh Blooming IPA is a 6% Belgian IPA from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed using five different kinds of American hops and uses Belgian yeast during fermentation. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether Minoh Blooming IPA is a …

Kyoto Bakushu Tanba no Kuromame by Kizakura Shuzo

Well, here we are. My one hundredth article on the site, finally. I vow to never talk about Rob’s copious work output in my reviews after this: Robert William Bright talks to me about the site on our team working app from 6:30am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday. If I’ve ever had any writer’s block, it’s because I’m constantly reminded …

Voyager IPA by Voyager Brewing Company

Voyager IPA ボイジャーIPA

Voyager IPA is a 6.5% English IPA from Voyager Brewing Company, based in Wakayama, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range, and was first released in February 2018. And that’s it… Voyager IPA Aroma and Taste After much research, and drinking, I realised that Voyager IPA was an English IPA. Let’s just say this wasn’t the first bottle I had …

Awaji Pilsner by Awaji Beer

Awaji Pilsner あわじピルスナー

Awaji Pilsner is a 5% pilsner from Awaji Beer, based in Hyogo, Japan. It’s part of their all year round lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Unlike other breweries in Japan, Awaji Beer didn’t start out with a pilsner, with this beer not being brewed till much later on. Awaji Pilsner Aroma and …

Minoh Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Minoh Beer

Minoh Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 箕面バレルエイジインペリアルスタウト

Minoh Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a 9.5% imperial stout from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their barrel aged range of beers, along with the Minoh Barrel Aged Imperial IPA, that have been stored in Ichiro’s Malt Whiskey casks for over a year. Minoh Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is only out during the cold months of the …

Hi no Tani Ibuki Red by Hi no Tani Kogen Beer

Hi no Tani Ibuki Red 火の谷いぶきレッド

Hi no Tani Ibuki Red is a 5% red ale from Hi no Tani Kogen Beer, based in Mie, Japan. Hi no Tani Ibuki Red is part of their limited edition range and can be found in both bottles and on tap in limited places across Japan. It’s brewed using Maris Otter, imported from the UK, and also Ibuki hops from …

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA 伊勢角屋ストラグルIPA

Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA is a 7% American IPA from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and unknown whether this is a one-off or not. Ise Kadoya Struggle IPA is brewed with 10 (yes ten!) different hops, which are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Mistral, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Zeus. Perhap that was the struggle? …

Nagisa Amber Ale by Nagisa Beer

Nagisa Amber なぎさアンバーエール

Nagisa Amber Ale is a 5% amber ale from Nagisa Beer, based in Shirahama, Wakayama, Japan. The beer is part of Nagisa Beer’s seasonal lineup, on sale from autumn onwards though that varies it seems from year to year. Nagisa Amber Ale Aroma and Taste Amber ales seem to be having a resurgance in Japan – a few years behind …

Ise Kadoya Snowsmile IPA by Ise Kadoya Beer

Ise Kadoya Snowsmile IPA 伊勢角屋Snowsmile IPA

Ise Kadoya Snowsmile IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya Beer, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and was first released in the December 2017. Mie lies in a particularly barren area of Japan that doesn’t receive much snow. So when it does, children in the area smile, hence the name “snowsmile”. It’s brewed …