First time (I think) I have a saison at home, actually. I didn’t even realize what it was until I was half way through already.
The Karuizawa brewery is one of the top Japanese craft beer makers, so understandably I had quite the expectations for their alt. It didn’t let me down.
Gentleman James is another one of Walmart’s order-made beers by Shepherd Neame. I was expecting a malty ale after reading the label, but it turned out a bit different.
I figured that XPA stands for Extra Pale Ale without even looking it up. I guessed it’d be a very strongly hopped IPA. I was right.
A black ale? Sounds like a plan! I was interested to see what this Brewdog beer had for me.
I might’ve had amber ale before, I just don’t recall. More likely, I haven’t. Hokkaido in general has quite a unique scene for gourmet stuff, be that food or drinks, so I looked forward to this beer from the northern island.
Akakura is the second of the Iwate Kura beer lineup that I got my hands on (the first was Kinkura). As the “red” in its name suggests, it’s a red ale.
Karuizawa beer has a fame that it’s gotta live up to. My expectations were high for this IPA, and it was indeed quite a ride.
I’ve only had alt beer once before opening this can of Unazuki Torokko, back at Banji Kaicho. Must say that Torokko is a whole different world. I’d hesitate to even put it the same category as Shonan Beer’s alt, they are so different.
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