Octone Yamabito Ale by Octone Brewing

Okutone Yamabito Ale・オクトネヤマビト・エール

Octone Yamabito Ale is a 5.5% English / American pale ale from Octone Brewing, based in Minakami, in Gunma, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Octone Yamabito Ale uses only imported US Cascade hops with an English style pale ale for its base. Octone Yamabito Ale Aroma and Taste …

Kobo Pale Ale by Kobo Brewery

Kobo Pale Ale・コボペールエール

Kobo Pale Ale is a 5% American pale ale from Kobo Brewery, based in Toyama, in Toyama, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found both in bottles and on tap at various places across Japan. Kobo Pale Ale is brewed using Mosaic and Citra hops imported from the USA. Kobo Pale Ale Aroma and Taste Kobo …

Woodmill Kyoto Pale Ale by Woodmill Brewery Kyoto

Woodmill Kyoto Pale Ale ・ウッドミル京都ペール・エール

Woodmill Kyoto Pale Ale is a 5.5% English Pale Ale from Woodmill Brewery Kyoto, based in Kyoto, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Not much is known about Woodmill Kyoto Pale Ale though as neither the brewery homepage nor sites list the ingredients of the beer at the …

Hansharo Kamugi by Hansharo Beer

Hansharo Kamugi 2・反射炉珈麦2

Hansharo Kamugi is a 5% English pale ale from Hansharo Beer, based in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. Hansharo Kamugi is brewed using locally roasted coffee beans from Ferret Coffee. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether Hansharo Kamugi is a one-off or …

Cyonmage Alt by Yamaguchi Hagi Beer

Cyonmage Alt by Yamaguchi Hagi Beer is a 5% Alt. Nothing much more to say in that department. Cyonmage Alt Aroma and Taste Cyonmage Alt pours out with a big frothy head that whittles away to about a centimetre of beige foam. The aroma is of roasted malt, with a slight breadiness and a bit of an off tang of …

Cyonmage Pale Ale by Yamaguchi Hagi Beer

Yamaguchi Hagi Beer Cyonmage Pale Ale is, you guessed it, a 5% pale ale from Yamaguchi Hagi Beer. God, who spells it like that? “Cyonmage”. Who says “Chonmage” and thinks “Yeah, that should be spelt with a Y after the C”. I used to go to a bar that spelt the word “shochu” “syocyu”. Monsters. Anyway, a chonmage is the traditional samurai …

Golden Slumber Pale Ale by Strange Brewing

Golden Slumber Pale Ale ストレンジゴールディンスランバーペールエール

Golden Slumber Pale Ale is a 5% English pale ale from Strange Brewing, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in bottles and on tap. Strange Brewing is owned by Aoki-san from Bakushu Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Golden Slumber Pale Ale is brewed using English malt and yeast though which …

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Source of Styles #2 – Pale Ale

Source of Styles #2 – Pale Ale

Pale ales are a cornerstone of the modern craft beer world. The bitter, aromatic, generously-hopped version we are familiar with today has its roots in two separate beers: Anchor Brewing Co.’s Anchor Liberty Ale (1975) and Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale (1980). The term “pale ale”, however, goes back much further than that. “Pale ale” was a term used interchangeably with …

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Chofu Beer by Hoppy Beverage Co.

Chofu Beer by Hoppy Beverage Co. / ホッピービバレッジの調布びーる

Chofu Beer is a 6% English-style pale ale from Hoppy Beverage Co. Yes, the same Hoppy that make the dubious, tax-avoiding izakaya staple of the same name. I used to drink Hoppy all the time. Wonder if my innards can still manage it. (For the uninitiated, “Hoppy” is a “beer-flavoured beverage” that’s served with a huge glass of shochu spirit …

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Iwate Kura Pale Ale by Sekinoichi Brewery

Iwate Kura Pale Ale

Iwate Kura Pale Ale is a 4% English-style pale ale from Sekinoichi Brewery. Let’s see, this one has a meaningless award associated with it: a silver medal at the International Beer Challenge in 2007. Second best a decade ago, back when no-one gave a toss about Japanese craft beer? I can hardly wait to try this one. Iwate Kura Pale …