Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by IntriqKen:
3.58/5 rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured a golden pils color with a half inch of white tight bubbles on top.
Aroma is malty and slightly sweet but no hint of hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth...could definitely use a little more bite either from hops or the carbonation.
Taste is smooth and surprisingly clean but has a slight cloying sweetness that could have been balanced with the addition of hops at the beginning of the boil...another addition at the end would have helped with the aroma as well,
Overall a clean tasting Lager without any adjuncts leaving strange aftertastes but pretty non-descript and a bit too cloying to be really refreshing on a hot summer day.
I'm editing my review and more importantly my rating of this brew,
Ive had several different brews tonight after starting with the Kirin.
Trying this brews I tried to go from lighter to heavier/stronger in order to get a fair appreciation of each brew knowing that each heavier or stronger/more intense brew would ruin it for the lighter ones.
Now I go back to a Kirin because that was all that I had left in the fridge.
I can still taste the sweet malts, the rich but mellow and light flavors...that this brew has to offer,
I change my ratings 'up' for the simple reason that very few 'light' or lager type brews can still hold their own or be impressive after a night of indulging in the heavier, darker side.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2011 21:10:58 | More by IntriqKen
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3.64/5 rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I got this because i found i don't like hops very much and this says 100% malt on the label. Well, i have to say i love this beer! And i'm surprised you can get this taste with no hops at all.(I'll keep this in mind when i start brewing my own!!). At 5% ABV this is a nice beer to drink and it has what i'm looking for...which is the opposite of a beer called hopalicious... I usually like darker beers but this has a blond pale ale look. The smell and taste is sweet malty... and i like it!! Overall i'm pleasantly surprised and look forward to my next bottle...
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 22:56:30 | More by guitarkirk
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.