Oiwake Otobbean IPA is a 6% English IPA 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 IPA 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 US Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, and Simcoe hops.
Oiwake Otobbean IPA : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 6%
- Style : English IPA
- Hops : Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, and Simcoe
- IBU : 40
- Availability : Regular lineup
- On Sale : N/A
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 600 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Malty with some citrus notes. Clean
- Notable Tastes : Clean bitterness with lemon and grapefruit. Subtle pine resin when warm along with some caramel sweetness.
Oiwake Otobbean IPA : Aroma & Taste
Excuse the cup – Oiwake Otobbean IPA was a gift from a friend and I didn’t have any spare or clean glasses to use at the time, so out came a plastic cup. I know some people may find this to be blasphemy but it didn’t impart any aroma on the beer. The beer poured out a clear golden colour with a thin amount of white head on top. Oiwake Otobbean IPA had a clean malty aroma with some citrus notes – lemon and grapefruit for those wondering – but Oiwake Otobbean IPA had the aroma of a clean, well-made IPA.
The body started off with a clean bitterness, that brought some lemon and grapefruit, but the most interesting thing about the beer was the subtle pine resin aroma that came through once Oiwake Otobbean IPA had warmed up. Oiwake Otobbean IPA wasn’t the most exciting IPA to drink but it was solid. The hop flavour was followed up with some malt caramel sweetness that wasn’t cloying but faded fast.
Oiwake Otobbean IPA : The Bottom Line
Oiwake Otobbean IPA is a solid, if not exciting, IPA.
Oiwake Otobbean IPA : Where to Buy
Oiwake Otobbean IPA can be bought online at the following places: