Yatsugatake First Down by Yatsugatake Brewery

Yatsugatake First Down・八ヶ岳ファーストダウン

Yatsugatake First Down is 5.5% Japanese rice lager from Yatsugatake Brewery, based in Kiyasato, in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and is also the first beer from them to actually focus on the sport of gridiron. Yatsugatake First Down is designed to be the first beer that you down in your drinking session, the first beer you celebrate with your coworkers, and the first of many beers. It is brewed using locally sourced rihoku rice from the Yamanashi area.

Yatsugatake First Down・八ヶ岳ファーストダウン

Yatsugatake First Down Aroma and Taste

Yatsugatake First Down poured out a clear golden straw colour with a plump white head on top that collapsed in on itself once it had been given the chance to warm up. There was a faint biscuit aroma to the beer, but the butter and sulphur nose to it was much stronger really. There was also a faint noble hop aroma to it, but not enough to really cut through the butteriness.

The first sip of Yatsugatake First Down was dry but I knew it wasn’t going to be a refreshing beer that would have me reeling in delight, more a case of really wanting something different. The buttery body to it was noticeable even when chilled, but it was just about barely drinkable when it had warmed up. Yatsugatake First Down had a faint sharp bitterness it as well, which was neither pleasurable but nor was it off-putting. In the end, the lingering sulphide flavours just left me wanting something different.

Yatsugatake First Down The Bottom Line

A first down? More like a hail mary charge at the bottom of the fourth with nothing else possible.

Where to Buy Yatsugatake First Down

Yatsugatake First Down can be bought online at the following places:

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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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