Kyoto Brewing Nan is a 6% American IPA from Kyoto Brewing Company, based in Kyoto, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap, though its availability at the time of writing is unknown. Kyoto Brewing Nan is part of the Kyoto Brewing experimental range where they take a beer style, and change something about it, while keeping other parts of the beer the same. Kyoto Brewing Nan takes an approach to minerals in water, with it being the “softer” version of the beer, with a mineral content of 48ppmand a water profile similar to a Pilzen water profile, compared to its harder sibling, Kyoto Brewing Koh. Kyoto Brewing Nan is also brewed using a single hop, with imported Simcoe hops being the pick of choice.
Kyoto Brewing Nan Aroma and Taste
Kyoto Brewing Nan poured out a light golden colour with a plump white head that faded quite fast to leave a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Compared to Kyoto Brewing Koh, Kyoto Brewing Nan was much softer on the nose, and didn’t really produce as much bite from the hops. The hops brought a subtle lemony aroma to the beer, but lacked punch or staying power. The malts were a bit more noticeable in Kyoto Brewing Nan and brought a slightly sweet pilsner-like aroma to the beer.
In terms of body, the Kyoto Brewing Nan was softer, but not as dry as the Kyoto Brewing Koh. It had more of a rounded bitterness from start to finish, with the hops being less punchy, and more balanced with the malts. The citrusy lemon wasn’t as vibrant though with its staying power also decreased. If anything, Kyoto Brewing Nan was more like a lemony lager, with a reduced malt dependency, as the malts, while bringing a pilsner sweetness, weren’t as lasting.
Kyoto Brewing Nan The Bottom Line
Kyoto Brewing Nan was nice, but not as punchy as I’d like for an American IPA.
Where to Buy Kyoto Brewing Nan
Kyoto Brewing Nan can be bought online at the following places: