Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA, and now breather, is a 13% American strong ale that has been stored in whiskey casks provided by Ichiro’s Malt and then floor malted. Don’t know what floor malted means? Me neither. It just means malt that has been spread out on the floor and left to dry. It has taken on various guises throughout its inception and is available seasonally from around the beginning of December though it is on sale throughout the year. It has been noted that Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA can be found in bottles or on draught.

Imagine the conversation they were having when this beer was first developed?

  • “How can we take our house IPA and make it stronger?”
  • “Let’s make an IMPERIAL IPA!”
  • “Then let’s put that IMPERIAL IPA in whiskey casks!”
  • “Brilliant. A BARREL AGED IMPERIAL HOUSE IPA!”
  • “Kampai!!!!!

Crazy people. We love you. We salute you.

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA

13% IPA. Powerful stuff going on here.

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA Aroma and Taste

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA, which will be the last time I say that phrase, poured out a deep cloudy brown colour with pretty much no head besides a few bubbles that are floating on top that faded pretty quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The aroma was definitely whiskey based, with a strong peaty kick to it but the hops were also there with a resemblance to pine.

The body packed a surprisingly high amount of fruit for an IPA or a barrel aged beer. The malts are present yet the peaty whiskey stereotype can’t be ignored yet the 13% alcohol is pretty much undetectable until it warms up to room temperature but by that point, I was on my back, giggling away without a care in the world. It almost, I’m going to use that liberally here, made me think it was an extra hopped barley wine.

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA One Line Review

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA will screw you up and mess you around though it’s a bloody good beer worth trying out.

Where to Buy Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA

Tamamura Honten The Far East Barrel Aged House Imperial IPA can be bought from the Tamamura Honten online store here when on sale. I got my bottles from Liquors Hasegawa in Yaesu.

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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