AJB Sumizome Sakura no Sei by Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company

AJB Sumizome Sakura no Sei・AJB墨染桜の精

AJB Sumizome Sakura no Sei is a 7% black IPA from Anglo-Japanese Brewing Company, based in Nozawa Onsen, in Nagano, Japan. It can be found in bottles and on tap at the time of writing, though whether it’s a one-off or not, is unknown. AJB Sumizome Sakura no Sei takes its name from the story of a black cherry tree …

Far Yeast Strata Black IPA By Far Yeast Brewing Company

Far Yeast Strata Black IPAファーイースト ストラタ ブラック アイピーエー

Far Yeast Strata Black IPA is a 5% black IPA from Far Yeast Brewing Company, based in Yamanashi, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and follows up the Far Yeast Strata IPA that was released at the same time. Like the Far Yeast Strata IPA, this beer uses imported Strata hops from the USA – the same hops that were used by …

Locobeer InBA by Locobeer

Locobeer InBA ロコビア印旛

Locobeer InBA is a 6% India Black Ale, aka a black IPA, from Locobeer, based in Sakura city, in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup and can be found on sale in the autumn time, though the actual date varies. The name INBA comes from the kanji 印旛 , which is the area of Chiba that Locobeer is …

Kure Black IPA by Kure Beer

Kure Black IPA

Kure Black IPA is a 4.7% black IPA from Kure Beer, based in Hiroshima, Japan. It was first released in March 2016 and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan; however, at the time of writing we’re unsure if it is an actual seasonal beer or an all-year round edition. Kure Black IPA is brewed using 5 different …

Johana Hikiyama Black by Johana Beer

Johana Hikiyama Black 城端曳山ブラック

Johana Hikiyama Black is a 5.5% black IPA from Johana Beer, based in Toyama, Japan. It was first released in 2016 and appeared in their spring seasonal lineup again in 2017, though it’s unknown whether it’s become part of their all-year lineup or not? I guess it’s only taken Japan a couple of years to catch up with the black …

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas

Songbird Noir de Cairdeas is a 8% black IPA from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It was first brewed in 2016 as part of a collaborative effort with Liquors Hasegawa, known for having an amazing stock of whiskey / whisky from around the world and also being one of Brewery Songbird’s largest stockists. Songbird Noir de Cairdeas uses peated malt, …

Tokorozawa Dark Horse by Tokorozawa Brewery

Tokorozawa Dark Horse

Tokorozawa Dark Horse is a 5.5% black IPA from Tokorozawa Brewery, based in Saitama, Japan. It’s part of their all year round of draft beers and is yet to see the light of day in terms of bottling. Besides that, not much else is known Tokorozawa Dark Horse as neither their homepage or other Japanese site lists the ingredients used; however, Tokorozawa Dark Horse …

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA by Minoh Beer

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA

Minoh Bosuzaru IPA is a 6% black IPA, sometimes called a Cascadian IPA, from Minoh Beer, based in Osaka, Japan. It’s part of their seasonal lineup of the three monkey beers with Minoh Kozaru IPA and Minoh Osaru IPA, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. The Bosuzaru refers to the term of the alpha male, or the …

Hakuba Black by Hakuba Brewing Company

Hakuba Black 白馬ブラック

Hakuba Black is a 5% Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA, from Hakuba Brewing Company, based in Hakuba village, Nagano. It was the second bottle release from them, after the Hakuba Pale Ale. Like that one, the beer is brewed using groundwater sourced from the largest all-year round glacier in Japan though it is classified as a happoshu. It’s brewed with …

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Ushitora #70 First Impact by Ushitora Brewery

Ushitora #70 First Impact

Ushitora #70 First Impact is a 7.3% American Black IPA or a Belgian strong ale from Ushitora Brewery, based in Tochigi. Why have we given it two different styles? Well, I’ve had it twice in less than a week and both places (Maltan in Kanda and Sakura Taps in Yokohama) had listed under two different styles. This beer is a renewal …