Thrashzone Morbid Red by Thrashzone Brew Labo

Thrashzone Morbid Red

Thrashzone Morbid Red is a 6.8% American IPA brewed by Thrashzone Brew Labo based in Yokohama. It is heavily infused with El Dorado hops while the redness of the beer is associated with the Keihin Kyūkō, aka Keikyu, line that runs through Yokohama station. According to the Thrashzone Brew Labo, the Keikyu line is the “soul train” though it’s a far stretch …


Shonan IPA by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan IPA

Shonan IPA is a 6% American style IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Chigasaki. Unlike the rest of the Shonan Beer range of experimental IPAs, Shonan IPA is part of their annual release of seasonal craft beers with this one coming out in winter time. However, unlike the experimental range of IPAs, this one is a mix of hops that don’t …

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA By Bay Brewing Yokohama

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA

Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is a 6.8% American India pale ale from Bay Brewing Yokohama. It is brewed using Yokohama-grown barley from Iwasaki-san, hence the name, who lives in Yokohama. It is triple-hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Motueka, and Chinook hops in the boil and then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. At the time of writing, Bay Brewing Iwasaki IPA is only available …

Ise Kadoya Mosaic IPA By Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Mosaic IPA

Ise Kadoya Mosaic IPA is a 6% American IPA from Ise Kadoya that, at the time of writing, is a limited edition beer. It is brewed using Mosaic hops that were developed from the popular Simcoe strain of hops by The Hop Brewing Company back in 2012. For those that want to know more, Mosaic hops were developed to be …


Shonan IPA HBC 342 by Kumazawa Shuzo

Shonan IPA HBC 342

Shonan IPA HBC 342 is a limited edition 6% American IPA from Kumazawa Shuzo, based in Chigasaki, Kanagawa. It uses the one of the newest breeds of hops on the market, strain HBC 342 from Hopunion, which is so new that it doesn’t have a name yet. At the time of writing, it’s available on tap only so you have …


Okinawa IPA by Nanto Brewery

Okinawa IPA

Two in one night! slow down Robson, you’ll give yourself a Tony Hart attack! Okinawa must have some kind of positive effect on my writing ability. Every time I get a bit of writer’s block, I’ll just crack open a delicious can of Goya Dry, stick a sea cucumber in a big cigarette holder like Hunter S. Thompson and get …


Baird Shohei IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Shohei IPA

Baird Shohei IPA, or to give it its full name – A Brewer & A Gentleman – Shohei’s IPA, is a 7.5% American brewed in honour of Shohei Taguchi, who unfortunately passed away in August 2015. Taguchi-san had made a name for himself working at both Baird Beer and Yo-Ho Brewing before starting up his own brewery, Botanical Beverage Works …

Ise Kadoya Mt Cook IPA by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Mt. Cook IPA

We’re a bit late to the show with Ise Kadoya Mt Cook IPA as, due to my own fault and my OTT beer collection, it was languishing at the back of the beer cellar looking sad for itself. Ise Kadoya Mt Cook IPA is 6% American style IPA that was first released in February 2015 as part of Ise Kadoya’s limited edition …


Thrashzone Speed Kills IPA by Thrashzone Brew Labo

Thrashzone Speed Kills IPA

Thanks to a comment left by someone on the Thrashzone World Downfall Stout review, Thrashzone Speed Kills IPA is the next beer from Thrashzone Brew Labo to be reviewed. It’s one of the original beers first brewed and is a 7.6% IPA brewed using American Chinook hops and extends the “extreme beer only” motto even further. Thrashzone Speed Kills IPA is available all …

Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA

Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA is a seasonal 7.5% fruit beer from Baird Beer that uses locally sourced daidai oranges from Shizuoka. On sale from mid-May, Baird Fruitful Life Citrus IPA contains six differents kinds of hops: US Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, GR Taurus, Mandarina Bavaria, and Hull Melon to produce an American IPA that is not quite an IPA but nor is it …