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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
62
poor

1,245 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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bonbright7

Florida

2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have enjoyed drinking Kirin Icibahn in the various luxury sushi bars on the north shore of Long Island and I have to say this particular bottle is OK. It's fresh with a foamy head and large bubbles that slowly disappear into the mass of creamy whiteness before I picked up the glass.

It tastes like Michelob Light out of a keg and it is obvious why the Japanese like it with sushi and sashimi: it will put out the fire caused by unexpected amounts of the infamous green playdough known as wasabi.

I could easily take down 6 of these and let my wife drive the Saab home afterwards. It's a great beer in the sushi bar setting or with a crawfish boil,
but after that...it's okay.

The only real detraction is that it's brewed by Budweiser in Los Angeles and if you have been to LA, you know that the water quality there is not very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 01:40:55 | More by bonbright7
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Bottle poured into a glass at a Japanese restaurant in Calgary. Label indicates "100% Malt" and also describes the contents as one of the world's most unique beer drinking experiences. Um, OK. I will concur that the color is unique for the style, an almost mango yellow-orange with a light spattering of white bubbles. Aroma nearly non-existent except for a generic graininess tempered by just a dollop of bread-like sweetness. Taste is similarly grainy and quite astringent, faintly sour with very subtle grape and custard notes. Some buttery yeast peeks in and out as well. Rather bitter and not in a particularly positive way, the hops are coarse and some floral notes do little to diminish this effect. Uber-carbonated of course. What tannins are present at least serve to provide some flavor. Ugh. It is perhaps unfair to single this particular brew out, but whenever I go to an Asian restaurant (and I love Asian food) I feel the need to try something "local" and frankly its just depressing that this sort of thing still dominates folks' beer schemas across damn near the entire world. I shall have to bust out something Hitachino this weekend to restore my faith.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.