Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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2.33/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Picked this up down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City recently. Did not expect much out of this and sure enough, this was a typical American Pale Lager with some Japanese writing on the bottle. It wasn't a drain pour or something I spit out but at one time, I probably would have enjoyed this beer immensely more than I did during my session.
The pour to this was golden, with a fluffy head, and more lacing than I expected to see. Hardly any aroma to this and the taste was what I've become accustomed to - grass, straw, and potato chips. Lots of starch here in taste but without the body to back it up. The back was quite sour and dare I say boozy, for a beer of this style. This didn't feel watered-down but it went down easily like any American Pale Lager does when I pop the top off.
There's not much here to separate this from the other examples of this style and had I not seen the bottle, I would have never have guessed that this came from Japan. The carbonation must have been deceptively high since I had quite a bit of gas as I drank this but it's still not as bad as the big mass-market beers. I wouldn't pair this with Japanese food like sushi but compared to its North American counterparts, this held its own.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2012 09:35:12 | More by JerzDevl2000
1.93/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Served in a pilsner glass
A - It is pale yellow with a ton of white head.
S - It smells of grain and grass.
T - The little taste that I can discern is grain and some slight bitterness. It is generally an unpleasant taste.
M - Thin
O - It's as if Hirohito pissed in a vat and declared it beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2012 22:45:36 | More by buschbeer
Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
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