Songbird Motueka Pale Ale by Brewery Songbird

Songbird Motueka Pale Ale

Songbird Motueka Pale Ale is a 5.2% English pale ale from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It is part of its spring seasonal line up of beers. It started out as a seasonal beer in 2015 but I thought it had been promoted with the fancy label design and not one of the simple paper tags hung around the neck. Alas, no. Moreover, …

Harvestmoon Pale Ale by Harvestmoon

Harvestmoon Pale Ale

Harvestmoon Pale Ale is a 5% English style pale ale from Harvestmoon, based in Chiba. It is part of their all year round range and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Harvestmoon use malt and hop that have been sourced from England. They have also used Burtonised water by adding minerals and salts to the water during …

Baird Shinshuwase Wet Hop Ale by Baird Beer

Baird Shinshuwase Wet Hop Ale

Baird Shinshuwase Wet Hop Ale is a limited edition 5% English style pale ale from Baird Beer that was first brewed in 2015. It contains Shinshuwase hops which were developed and grown in Japan during the 20th century – such a long time ago. Wet hopping refers to the process of freshly harvested hops being used directly from the vineyards without …

Matsue Pale Ale by Shimane Beer Company

Matsue Pale Ale

Matsue Pale Ale is an English style pale ale from Shimane Beer Company. It has an abv of 5% and is part of the all-year range from Shimane Beer Company that can be bought either in cans, bottles, or on draught form. Matsue Pale Ale Aroma and Taste The first thing I noticed when Matsue Pale Ale quickly left the can was …

Yokohama Ale by Yokohama Beer

Yokohama Bitter Ale

Trying to find information about beer can be fun but it can also be tiring. Translating from Japanese into English or trying to find correct information is the most tiring parts, and no beer so far has been more tiring than Yokohama Bitter Ale from Yokohama Beer. I think. It’s a 5.5% English pale ale that is a collaboration between Yokohama Beer …

Karuizawa Kogen 2014 Seasonal British Pale Ale by Yo-Ho Brewing

Karuizawa Kogen 2014 Seasonal British Pale Ale

If you follow us on Twitter (@TengokuBeer) or Facebook (BeerTengoku), you would have seen the announcement that Yo-Ho Brewing were doing a special “Buy-five-beers-get-one-free” at Natural Lawsons. Karuizawa Kogen 2014 Seasonal British Pale Ale was the free beer you get with the deal though buying five cans of Aooni IPA and getting a free beer is always a good thing. It was …

Echigo Pale Ale by Echigo Beer

Echigo Pale Ale

Echigo Pale Ale is a 5% English style pale ale straight out of Niigata from Echigo Beer. The description on the bottle reads along the lines of someone having consumed one too many of these and then stringing some random words together: “Feeling the hop bitterness is good” and “The weird influence of tea on the ale works well” or …

Hidatakayama Pale Ale by Hida Takayama Beer

Hidatakayama Pale Ale

Hidatakayama Pale Ale is a 5% pale ale from Hida Takayama Beer, based in Takayama City, Gifu. We were eager to try it after having the Hidatakayama Karumina numerous times at one of our local bars, Thrash Zone in Yokohama. After spending a few hours tracking it down, we found Hidatakayama Pale Ale in both bottle and can form though we could not …

Kamakura Prime Beer Tsukiyo no Niji by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Prime Beer Hoshi no Taiga

Kamakura Prime Beer Tsukiyo no Niji, which is part of the Kamakura Prime range, is 5.5% English pale from Kamakura Beer. It was randomly discovered after a trip to Mokichi in Fujisawa when Joe and myself went for a nice unromantic walk along the river down to, ahem, KY Liquor. Turns out that this is only sold during holiday periods …

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Niigata Edinburgh Premium Ale by Niigata Beer

Niigata Edinburgh Premium Ale

As I sat and drank Niigata Edinburgh Premium Ale, I wondered if last year’s vote for independence would have spurred on sales of this beer. The bottle design is dedicated to Edinburgh, with its castle and surrounding conurbation being the main point. But something bugged me about it. It’s sold as an English pale ale. What’s that about? Now, I’m not Scottish …