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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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BA SCORE
62
poor

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 56 | 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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kagent777

Utah

2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I suppose I should have payed more attention to the born on date: I am a month out of the recommended 180 day maximum age. I guess I need to drink down some of my stash. I poured this into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A light clear yellow witha white head that was one finger before settling fairly quickly. Nice carbonation bubbles. A little lacing is formed as I drink.

Smell: Smells of corn and light malts. No prominent hop flavors.

Taste: Mild corn taste that is completely non-offensive and at the same time boring. Mild malt notes, no hop bitterness, with some sweetness in the backend. Not disgusting but not what I want to drink either.

Mouthfeel: The body is thin to middling. The carbonation is OK. There are no flavors to coat the tongue.

Overall: Not a beer I will chose again. I don't think I would recommend it to BMC drinkers because it is no better and probably more expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:14:05 | More by kagent777
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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
62 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.