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Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale by Hokkaido Otobe Oiwake Brewing

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Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale is a 5% English pale ale from Hokkaido Otobe Oiwake Brewing, based in Otobe, in Hokkaido. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught. Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale is brewed using locally sourced honey along with Gaivota mineral water from Otobe town in Hokkaido and is partly made with barley malt from Otobe town as well. The beer uses imported Citra and Simcoe hops.

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale : At A Glance


  • Alcohol : 5%
  • Style : English pale ale
  • Hops : Citra and Simcoe
  • IBU : 20

Sale Information

  • Availability : Regular
  • On Sale : N/A
  • Size : 330 ml
  • Price : From 600 yen

Aroma & Taste

  • Notable Aromas : Lemon with some earthy notes. Slight diacetyl when warm with some caramel.
  • Notable Tastes : Faint bitterness but mostly hop flavour. Lemon and earthy with touch of diacetyl and caramel.

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale : Aroma & Taste

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale poured out a hazy golden amberish colour with a thin amount of white head on top that didn’t linger for long. It left a few bubbles around the side of the glass before I had even taken a sip. The aroma was pretty basic – some citrus notes of lemon along with an earthiness to it though neither aroma was potent or punchy. Once Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale had warmed up, there was a touch of diacetyl – expected for an English pale ale really – with some caramel notes coming from the beer too.

With Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale being an English pale ale, I wasn’t expecting a punchy bitter taste and that’s exactly what happened – a muted level of bitterness that didn’t stay long either. The body had a lemon and earthy taste to it – similar to the nose – and the flavours didn’t really develop past that from the hops. There was a touch of diacetyl once it had warmed up somewhat, but the overriding flavour was a lingering caramel sweetness in the body.

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale : The Bottom

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale is a basic English pale ale – it won’t excite in the times of the hazy IPA but it is a solid drinking beer.


Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale : Where To Buy

Oiwake Otobbean Pale Ale can be bought online at the following places:

  • Hokkaido Otobe Oiwake Brewing Online Store
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