Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale is a 4% American pale ale from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It was first released in February 2016 as part of their limited edition ranged and can also be found under the Iwate Kura Shunensei Original name as well. At the time of writing, there is no idea whether this will become part of the all-year round or a seasonal edition beer. It was first released as part of the anniversary celebrations for Iwate Kura Beer – their 19th anniversary.
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale Aroma and Taste
Another beer without any information about it out – why can’t breweries put more information out about their beers – surely if they have a record of what beer they’ve made then they can release that to the public [cue new soap box article I feel]. If we can spend the time researching about the beer then breweries can put some information up to make our job easier. And with Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale, we have exactly that problem – trawling around the internet to find out what kind of beer it is and what ingredients brewers have used.
Rant aside – Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale poured out a deep copper amber colour with a minimal amount of head on top that collapsed in on itself as soon as I turned my eyes away. It had a zesty orange and citrus aroma with some hints of tea – had they taken some advice from Baird Beer? There was a sweet caramel edge to it but the tea aspect caught my attention the most.
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale was light in the body – crisp and refreshing with a distinct earthiness to it along with some muffled marijuana taste to it as well. It had certainly been hopped in the secondary but by how much? The malts came through to remove that and leave a subdued sweetness on the palate before a subtle bitterness finished off the beer.
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale The Bottom Line
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale is a nice American pale ale that doesn’t push back the boundaries enough.
Where to Buy Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale can be bought online at the following places: