Amakusa Tropical Storm is a 7% IPA from Amakusa Sonar Beer, based in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan. It’s part of their draught and canned lineup though its availability is unknown at the time of writing. Amakusa Tropical Storm is brewed using Cashmere, Cryo El Dorado, Idaho 7, and Simcoe hops, along with sun-dried sea salt from the East China Sea.
- Alcohol : 7%
- Style : IPA
- Hops : Cashmere, Cryo El Dorado, Idaho 7, and Simcoe
- IBU : 26
- Availability : Unknown
- On Sale : From August 2022
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From ¥ 700
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Pineapple and mango with some lemon and grapefruit. Light malt biscuit aroma.
- Notable Tastes : Low bitterness with high tropical fruitiness. Slight salty profile when warm
Amakusa Tropical Storm : Aroma & Taste
Amakusa Tropical Storm poured out a hazy dark golden orange colour with a medium amount of frothy white head on top that left some white streaks down the side of the glass. The aroma was definitely tropical at first, with a pineapple and mango front, followed up by a citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit. In spite of Amakusa Tropical Storm using salt, there wasn’t a particularly discernible note of any salty / seawater like quality to the beer. Once it had warmed up, there was a touch of biscuit malt in the back of beer but not enough to detract from the hops.
It was in the body, once Amakusa Tropical Storm had warmed up, that some of the salt flavour came through but it wasn’t as noticeable as in a gose style beer. The body did have a slight pop to it, with the tropical flavours from the nose appearing again in the body, alongside more of the citrus notes too. The flavours intermingled with one another but didn’t really develop or linger too much on the palate.
Amakusa Tropical Storm : The Bottom Line
Amakusa Tropical Storm is a drinkable beer but I would have liked some more bitterness in the beer.
Amakusa Tropical Storm : Where to Buy
Amakusa Tropical Storm can be bought online at the following places: