DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale is a 5.2% sour ale from DD4D Brewing, based in Ehime, in Shikoku, Japan. It’s part of their regular range and can be found in bottles, and on tap in some places. DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale uses the same base as the DD4D Kaffir Lime Sour Ale, but instead of using kaffir limes, this one uses locally source iyokan, a Japanese citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a mandarin orange, arising from a cross between the Dancy tangerine and another mandarin variety, the kaikoukan.
DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale Aroma and Taste
Having enjoyed the DD4D Kaffir Lime Sour Ale so much, as soon as this came on sale, I KNEW I had to try it. I’m not a huge sour fan – my stomach and intestines hate me the next morning for drinking sours – I’m willing to put my body on the line for BeerTengoku’s amusement.
DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale poured out a dark golden orange colour with a small amount of pure white head on top that faded to a few bubbles around the side of the glass. There was a distinct sour nose to the beer – not in a bad way but in a “woah, this has some sour funk going on” along with a tart, orange and lemon aroma too mixed in. The aromas were pleasantly balanced with one another, and then a slight malt sweetness came through once DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale had warmed up.
The beer had the same amount of sourness as it’s older sibling – enough for you to notice it and taste it, but not enough to screw your face up as if you had swallowed a glass of vinegar. The sourness was smooth enough to balance out the tart vibrant orange and citrus flavours throughout drinking. The malts helped balance out those tart and sour flavours with some sweetness, before the orange flavours lingered on the palate into the aftertaste.
DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale The Bottom Line
DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale is as good as, if not better in my opinion, than the DD4D Kaffir Lime Sour Ale. Go and buy it.
Where to Buy DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale
DD4D Iyokan Orange Sour Ale can be bought online at the following places: