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Kirin Ichiban - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin IchibanKirin Ichiban

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1,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Confirmed that this beer is "all malt" as of Oct. 2010.
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On-tap with some sushi.

Served a pale straw color in a pint glass. The head was thin and very fizzy. I get crackery grains and crisp lager yeast on the nose. The taste is refreshing and light, and the flavors consist of pretty much just pale malts, bready dough, and lager yeast. I’m not really getting any hops. The body is ultra-light, the mouthfeel is medium-thin and watery, and the carbonation is very fizzy. This beer went well with the fish, and for what it is it’s decent, but I would never drink this regularly.

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Kirin Ichiban from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
63 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.