Ishikawa Tokyo Blues was first released in 2015 as part of Ishikawa Shuzo’s move away from German style beer to the burgeoning craft beer market of IPAs and session ales. It’s got am abv of 4.5% and is readily available across Kanto and slowly making inroads across Japan. Ishikawa Tokyo Blues is advertised as a session ale but it’s best described as an American pale ale.
Ishikawa Tokyo Blues Aroma and Taste
I missed out on the Ishikawa Tokyo Blues party as I had to work and someone *ahem* Rob *ahem* could go. Ishikawa Tokyo Blues has got the colour of digestive biscuit brown down to a tea but the head was fairly minimal, with just a the faintest of rings around the side and a bit in the middle. The hops were a welcome addition as Ishikawa Shuzo’s previous beers were more malt forward, so the pine and citrus kick brought a beer that I didn’t have much hope for to a beer that smelt promising.
Ishikawa Tokyo Blues is a session ale though at ¥500 a bottle plus tax, it depends on how long your session is. The body was a tad thin for my liking but the crispness of the hops brought the citrus flavours forward; however, I couldn’t get the nagging sensation of the thin body out of my mind. Ishikawa Tokyo Blues finished off with a wee sweetness that flourished then quickly died off.
Ishikawa Tokyo Blues One Line Review
Ishikawa Tokyo Blues started off well and I wanted to like it but the body let it down. It’s hard to recommend it at this price.
Where to Buy Ishikawa Tokyo Blues
Ishikawa Tokyo Blues can be bought across Japan though if you can’t find it, then it’s readily found on Rakuten.