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Kirin Tanrei - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Happoshu |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tjd25 on 06-16-2004

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Very clear pale yellow in color, the thin white head dies down quickly but does leave just a bit of a thin ring at the edges of the glass.
There's lots of rice in the nose, a little biscuit by way of malts, and it's husky without being very dry. It does run semi-dry, particularly as the vaguest note of grass comes in. Some grains run through and some fruit notes I assume are esters, darker but with something less sweet and more crisp like pear that hasn't ripened yet.
It's a little pale on the tongue, yes, but that's the style. There's a bit more of a twang in the taste, tart green apple skins and a bit of lemon zest. The rice is used well in this brew, integrating a soft flavor that doesn't put down the strongest foundation to put much on, but works for a very light brew.
It's a light body for sure, and runs a touch thin, but I have to assume that, since it holds up a good crispness, keeps pretty clean and without any grainy astringency, and has at least a modicum of smoothness, it's pretty good for the style though not overall.

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S: Light aromas that resemble skunk are present in the nose—I'm not sure if these are from the sweet potatoes because it doesn't taste like rice or corn.
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Kirin Tanrei from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
67 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.