Nomcraft Sansho IPA is a 5.5% American IPA from Nomcraft Brewing, based in Aridagawa, in Wakayama, Japan. It’s part of their sansho range of beers, though its availability at the time of writing is unknown. As the name suggests, Nomcraft Sansho IPA is brewed using sansho, Japanese pepper, that has been sourced from the local area.
Nomcraft Sansho IPA Aroma and Taste
While Nomcraft Sansho IPA poured out a hazy golden colour with a minimal amount of head on top, the overpowering aroma of the sansho was evident even when the beer was cold. I do like a little bit of sansho in a beer from time to time, as I believe it can help elevate the citrus aromas found in some hops, but in Nomcraft Sansho IPA, the sansho dominated over everything else. When the beer had warmed up, the strength of the sansho got stronger, producing a very spicy nose, though as it did get warmer there was a slight hint of citrus and grape but that could have been my nose dreaming of it.
If you’re looking for a bitter IPA, then Nomcraft Sansho IPA is not the one you want. The peppery punch of the beer started from the first sip, lingered, tangled into my tongue, and left it numb to pretty much everything that came after. I’d like to say that I can handle sansho, but this was such a numbing sensation that I needed some milk to help take it away. The seriously faint lemon that I smelt in the nose didn’t make an appearance in the body – if it did, my tongue had been beating into submission so I will never know.
Nomcraft Sansho IPA The Bottom Line
Nomcraft Sansho IPA could be a good joke beer to give to someone you don’t like.
Where to Buy Nomcraft Sansho IPA
Nomcraft Sansho IPA can be bought online at the following places: