Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
1.38/5 rDev -47.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25
I am not too excited about this beer. I have had it several times before, but usually order it when we eat. Ra Sushi carries this. It's boring, but it was fun learning about the brewing process. It was also fun learning that this is the most expensive beer in the world. I mean… not literally. But in regards to the brewing process. I also didn't realize they had high taxes in Japan. The more you know!
I am not eating with this. I had a turkey wrap earlier today, but I felt bloated after I ate. Not sure I am going to have dinner. It's weird, because my last three meals I have felt horrible… bloated and really full regardless of what I eat. Maybe I need to stop eating. I did gain weight last week. I'm a mess. Let's drink!
In the Glass: It looks like any domestic beer you have ever had. The beer does have a nice white head that lingers, and then a decent lace as the head settles. I am seeing a ton of bubbles in this one, too. I would see more, but Sheryl turned the light out. She must hate lights!
When we review a beer, I put more focus on my experience with the beer. Speaking of beers, we have over 30 beers in the kitchen to review. I told Sheryl I am not buying any more beer until all of those have been reviewed and consumed! Here's to a few weeks of good craft beer.
Nose: They use maize in this, which makes me think of a rise IPA. With a rice IPA, you get more mellow flavors, and a polished almost fluffy mouthfeel. I hope that is what they mean by "chewiness". In regards to the aroma, not much going on. I love how the tasting notes will drop words like "citrus" and "green apple". I am not getting any of that. Grass before green apple. I doubt it, but I hope the flavor delivers.
Flavor: It didn't. This beer is pretty boring. There isn't much flavor at all. It is VERY drinkable; I will give it that. But this isn't a beer that I would order again. I take that back… if I am having sushi for lunch or dinner, I might order this. But even though this beer is made with 100% malt, I am not impressed with it at all.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel does remind me a of wild rice IPA. I wouldn't call it chewy, but it has a nice fluffy thing going for it. I tried to swish this around a little but, but got hit with a ton of bubbles. Doing that also made me taste the alcohol in it… which didn't help the overall experience. I am glad that beers like this are on our list, but the education is the only thing that I can appreciate. I don't care how they brew it, this beer just isn't very good.
Aftertaste: If there is anything to write home about here, it's the aftertaste. If I did write home, it wouldn't be a long letter. There is a subtle dryness in the finish, but it's a dryness that leaves me wanting to drink something else. I am not sure how big the craft beer industry is in Japan, but they are missing out if this is a beer they are known for. Like I said, this pairs well with food… but that's about it. Unless you are eating, skip it. You can thank me later!
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 01:46:35 | More by rickyleepotts
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2.78/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Clear filtered yellow with no head.
S - Grassy malt
T - Relatively clean but nothing special at all
M - Crisp and refreshing
O - Nothing special in this "100% malt" beer. Would like to see something special for the exotic beer price.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 20:57:19 | More by Dave128
2.7/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
A - Golden color. One finger white foam,nicely settle down after minute. Few bubbles.
S - Really nothing to exited. Usual rubbish smell for bad lagers.
T/M - Drinkable,a bit. Lots of carbonation,pale malt a lot. Some pleasant sweetness. Maybe touch of fruits or flower.
O - Very close to be one of the usual pale lagers,which is not so good,but it have some touch of decent lager.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 16:38:03 | More by djura
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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