Choryo Cold IPA is a 7.5% cold IPA from Choryo Shuzo, based in Nara, in Japan. It’s part of their summer seasonal lineup and can be found in both cans and on tap. Choryo Cold IPA is brewed using Amarillo, Citra, Magnum, and Simcoe hops. The label was designed based on their Choryo IPA label though with a blue twist on it with the implication of it being a cold effort.
- Alcohol : 7.5%
- Style : Cold IPA
- Hops : Amarillo, Citra, Magnum, and Simcoe
- IBU : 37
- Availability : Summer seasonal
- On Sale : From June 2021
- Size : 350ml
- Price : From 600 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Citrus, grape, and peachy aroma with a light dusting of malt sweetness.
- Notable Tastes : Peach flavour with a light bitterness to the body. Dry and citrusy when warm.
Choryo Cold IPA : Aroma & Taste
Choryo Cold IPA poured out a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a small amount of white head on top that left some sticky white rings around the side of the glass. The aroma was your atypical classic American IPA with lots of citrus fruit coming though along the lines of lemon and grapefruit, but it was the peachy aroma that was most peculiar. It wasn’t an off flavour from the yeast, as some yeasts are known to produce phenols with a peachy quality to them, but it was a little disconcerting at first.
Cold IPAs are all the rage it seems in the USA but we’ve not seen that many in Japan – and probably for good reason. Choryo Cold IPA started off with a light bitterness to the body; not as light as a pilsner, and not as strong as an American IPA, but something like a pale ale. The flavours from the hops were the same as in the nose, with the peachy punch rescinding to the citrus flavours as Choryo Cold IPA warmed up. With its dry body, Choryo Cold IPA was well suited to a late summer’s day, making it very drinkable, but the aftertaste faded fast.
Choryo Cold IPA : The Bottom Line
Perhaps Cold IPAs are just a flash in the pan as Choryo Cold IPA didn’t really stand out from being a strong pale ale.
Choryo Cold IPA : Where To Buy
Choryo Cold IPA can be bought online at the following places: