Hop Japan Abakuma Red is a 7% rye IPA from Hop Japan, based in Tamura, in Fukushima, Japan. It’s part of their Autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught. Hop Japan Abakuma Red uses locally sourced hops, and also some locally sourced rye in the making of the beer.
- Alcohol : 7%
- Style : Rye IPA
- Hops : Unknown
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Autumn seasonal
- On Sale : From 2021
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 600 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Spicy earthy aroma with some peppery notes.
- Notable Tastes : Slight peppery and caramel flavour with hints of bitterness.
Hop Japan Abakuma Red : Aroma & Taste
Hop Japan Abakuma Red poured out a dark reddish brown color with a reasonably large off-white head on top that clung to the side of the glass, leaving thick streaks down the side. The aroma was of an initially earthy aroma, guessing from the unknown hops that went into making the beer, and then some of the more traditional rye peppery aroma came through. Note rushing per se, but definitely more pronounced as Hop Japan Abakuma Red warmed up more and more. The malts brought a soft caramel aroma to the body, but overall, it was generally well balanced.
Hop Japan Abakuma Red started off with a smooth bitterness, that then proceeded into a peppery flavour with some caramel sweetness to support the flavours. The pepperiness was the strongest noticeable flavour, with some earthy hop coming through when the beer had warmed up somewhat.
Hop Japan Abakuma Red : The Bottom Line
Hop Japan Abakuma Red is a solid, if basic, rye IPA. If you like the style, then you could do worse than Hop Japan Abakuma Red.
Hop Japan Abakuma Red : Where to Buy It
Hop Japan Abakuma Red can be bought online at the following places: