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Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie by Kyoto Brewing Company

by Rob
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Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie, which roughly translates to “one moment, one time” or if you use Google Translate “Forrest Gump”. I think someone might be pulling our leg. Anyway, Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie is a saison style beer from Kyoto Brewing Company and follows up from their Snow Monkey saison. It has an abv of 5.9% and as of writing is available on draught only but thankfully is part of their all-year round range of beers. Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie is brewed using Belgian yeast and hops from both the USA and New Zealand.

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie

I felt dirty asking for a Kyoto Brewing Company beer in a Baird Beer bar.

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie Aroma and Taste

Ordering Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie felt like I was being a traitor; I was in the Nakameguro Taproom and I wanted the Nakameguro ESB but as soon as I saw Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie on the menu, I had to have it. The man behind the counter put it succinctly when he said “we’re just trying to help them out”. It came up in a tulip shaped glass and had a medium amount of head but that’s usual for Baird Taprooms; order 400ml of beer and get a bit extra in the form of head. The hazy golden straw-like colour gave off a peppery, saison aroma that grew on me as the beer went down.

Saisons are a beer Joe dislikes with large disdain but they are an intriguing style of beer for me. If you get a good one, they are refreshing and easy drinking, though a bad one will put you off very quickly. Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie falls very much into the first option there and could be a standard for saisons in Japan. The first sip was more bitter than I had expected but loosened up as I drank more. And more. Flavours of spice, cinnamon, pepper were followed up with a citrusy hoppy punch that balanced out nicely until a refreshing dry finish. At almost 6%, Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie is not a session beer and nor is it going to help with your work after lunch.

Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie One Line Review

I was a tad skeptical after the first few Kyoto Brewing Company beers but with Kyoto Brewing Ichigo Ichie, I’m convinced they know what they are doing.


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