Swan Lake Flowery IPA is a 6% American IPA from Hyouko Yashiki no Mori Brewery, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of a collaborative effort they did with United Arrows and uses a flower local to Agano city, in Niigata, that impart flavour, though which flower is unknown.
Swan Lake Flowery IPA Aroma and Taste
Swan Lake Flowery IPA poured out a hazy dark orange colour. If there was any head, then we missed out on it as it was a blink-and-miss it effort. There was a strong grapefruit and lemon nose to it but the flowery accent was missing from it by the smell of it.
The body was your typical American IPA – a bitterness to it with some citrus notes to it. Fairly straightforward IPA but definitely not the same as their regular bottle effort. It had a bready and biscuity body to with, along with the grapefruit and lemon flavours coming through as well. The flowery aspect was completely lost on me – unless it was the “edible” flower bringing these flavours through? It finished off with a citrus flourish and it was one.
Swan Lake Flowery IPA The Bottom Line
Swan Lake Flowery IPA could have been something special, but felt muted and a lost effort in the end.