Omori Kaoru is a 5% Pale Ale from Omori Sanno Brewery, based in Omori, in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught. Omori Kaoru is brewed using domestically grown rice as well as locally sourced sea salt. Omori Kaoru is sold as a “Tokyo Pale Ale” but I have no idea on what that style is, or even in fact if it is a style.
Omori Kaoru : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 5%
- Style : Pale Ale
- Hops : Unknown
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Regular
- On Sale : From September 2021
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 750 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Light banana and clove aroma with some creaminess. Subtle smooth pilsner sweetness.
- Notable Tastes : Full bodied with medium sweetness that wasn’t cloying. Banana and cream flavour with faint rice flavour when warm.
Omori Kaoru : Aroma & Taste
Omori Kaoru poured out a hazy golden yellow colour with a thin amount of white head on top that faded to a thin ring around the side of the glass. The aroma though was an interesting, yet complex, one to figure out – it wasn’t a weizen but it had the aroma of banana and cloves, but it wasn’t an unpleasant aroma, but a nice one. There was some light creaminess in the beer, but there was no lactose, but it wasn’t a sour or off aroma. With some light pilsner sweetness also present, it was a hard beer to pin to a style – it wasn’t an American pale ale for sure, but neither was it an English pale ale.
The body was very smooth with just a twinge of bitterness going on – and yet the body proved to be as complex as the nose. The banana and clove flavour was nice but not dominating; the creaminess in the mouthfeel was nice, but not sour; the malts brought a light sweetness to bring everything together. Omori Kaoru was a weird beer from start to finish as I did not know what style it was supposed to be.
Omori Kaoru : The Bottom Line
I enjoyed Omori Kaoru a lot and I’m glad I picked up two bottles of the stuff. Now to work out what kind of beer it is supposed to be.
Omori Kaoru : Where To Buy
Omori Kaoru can be bought online at the following places: