Ushitora Sanjuku is a 10% triple IPA from Ushitora, based in Shimotsuke-shi, in Tochigi, Japan. Ushitora Sanjuku is part of their canned and draught lineup, though its availability at the time of writing is unknown. Ushitora Sanjuku is brewed using Ekuanot, Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Zeus hops. The kanji on the front, sanjuku, roughly translates to the “pain of being in your 30s” – something I can relate to.
Ushitora Sanjuku Aroma and Taste
Ushitora Sanjuku poured out a slightly hazy dark golden colour with a plump white head on top that left white streaks down the insides of the glass throughout drinking. The aroma was a mixed up one – lots of hoppiness going on with a large dank and citrus bouquet throughout drinking, but the alcohol at 10% came screaming through, barging everything out of the way. If you give Ushitora Sanjuku the chance to warm up, you can expect to have some tropical fruitiness too, with pineapple and mango also present, but then you’d also risk the alcohol heat getting stronger.
The bitterness was big, brash, and long-lasting, though Ushitora Sanjuku is advertised with an IBU of 100+, so I was warned, but still it was bitter. The hops did bring some flavour thankfully, with a tropical forward flavour coming through first – pineapple and mango – with a citrus abundance soon after. The alcohol heat was only really present once Ushitora Sanjuku had warmed up, though it wasn’t as powerful or burning as I had expected it to be. The lightness of the malt was apparent – there was no sickly sweet flavour or cloying effect with the beer, and that made Ushitora Sanjuku even more easy-drinking – at 10%, a very dangerous situation to be in if you don’t expect it. The beer finished with a final flurry of hops and flavours, but the lightness of the body meant they didn’t last long.
Ushitora Sanjuku The Bottom Line
Ushitora Sanjuku is controlled booziness – how many will you drink?
Where to Buy Ushitora Sanjuku
Ushitora Sanjuku can be bought online at the following places: