Setouchi 2022 IPA is a 6% West Coast IPA from Setouchi, making their debut here on BeerTengoku, and are based in Takamatsu, in Kagawa, Japan. Setouchi 2022 IPA is part of their regular lineup, and can be found both in cans and on draught across Japan. In spite of being labelled as 2022, it doesn’t seem to have much more of a tenuous link of simply being released this year. Setouchi 2022 IPA is brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra hops and that’s about all the information I could find out about this beer.
Setouchi 2022 IPA : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 6.0%
- Style : West Coast IPA
- Hops : US Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Regular
- On Sale : From February 2022
- Size : 330 ml cans
- Price : From 590 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Musty citrus aroma of lemons and oranges with some caramel sweetness to the nose.
- Notable Tastes : Musty flavour, with similar nose. Lemon and orange, with some astringency.
Setouchi 2022 IPA : Aroma & Taste
Setouchi 2022 IPA poured out a dark orange amber colour with a very fluffy white head on top that left streaks of white marks down the side of the glass, and they so remained until the end of drinking. The aroma coming off Setouchi 2022 IPA was a musty citrus one – strange for a beer that was just released a few months ago and was (originally) drunk less than a month after canning. The oxidised nature of the beer didn’t make it undrinkable but I can only imagine that if Setouchi 2022 IPA stays on the shelf for too long, it will become that. Once Setouchi 2022 IPA had warmed up somewhat, there was a more pronounced caramel note to the beer, with some more leaning towards the West Coast style but only faint and fleeting.
The body to Setouchi 2022 IPA started off with a continuation of the nose – a musty oxidised flavour that had some astringency to it but it was hard to say whether it was a bitterness from the hops or an off-flavour. The citrus flavour continued to come through though, thankfully taking off some of that edge from the musty flavour but really should not have been there in the first place. Setouchi 2022 IPA never really got going past that and ended up being just a boring beer.
Setouchi 2022 IPA : The Bottom Line
Perhaps a bad batch, and shouldn’t really judge a young brewery, but there needs to be some serious QC testing before anymore batches of Setouchi 2022 IPA go out. Give it a miss.
Setouchi 2022 IPA : Where To Buy
Setouchi 2022 IPA can be bought online at the following places: