Pale Ale - Ginga Kogen Beer
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Reviews by davidchollar:
3.65/5 rDev +6.1%
I was pleasantly surprised to see this at the store today, possibly a new product?. This brewery puts out some decent beer, in cans, at a good price. Pours out a nice, slightly hazy golden honey with a massive, off-white head. The foam is similar to their hefeweizen, and it looks great! Thick and long-lasting.
Smell is definitely more English pale ale than APA. An overall sweet, caramelly maltiness with a faint whiff of flowery hops. Nice medium body with a little bit of bitter in the finish. Taste also reminds me of their hefeweizen in its inoffensiveness. Back home this would probably be a C, but for me, in Japan, this is a solid B. Very good beer, especially for the price!
06-08-2008 09:31:57 | More by davidchollar
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3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
A pleasant enough pale ale. Definitely in the English style - sweet malts are way more dominant than piney hops, in fact it isn't all that hoppy at all. Not the freshest example to be fair but you can still see the structure. Significantly sweeter than most pales but in a nice way. Has the kind of vibe that this was maybe intended for cask rather than can. And in that form I think this would be a noticeably better beer. Still it's decent enough.
10-08-2010 09:28:13 | More by juju7
British Columbia (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Hazy, pale amber with yeast floaties (can-conditioned?), off-white head, very little retention, slight lacing.
S: Citrus rind, pepper, grass, ginger & hints of biscuity pale malt. Very interesting. I wonder what kind of hops they use?
T: Orange rind; pale, biscuity malt; very little bitterness. Decent, but not a lot of flavour.
M: Light to moderate body is somewhat smooth/creamy; carbonation is pleasantly on the lower side of moderate.
D: A decent drinker.
Thanks to Bobsy for sharing this Japanese treat!
11-28-2008 19:15:21 | More by Derek
3.85/5 rDev +11.9%
got this 350ml can from my local imported beer store (やまや).
appearance: golden amber with a thick head that dissipates over a minute or so.
smell: fruity, with hints of spice.
taste: not as bitter as the outside packaging might lead you to believe. fruity and sweet is the name of the game here. a bit heaver than most pale ales, and the finish is a bit dry. would likely compliment a curry quite nicely.
mouthfeel: fizzy and fuzzy, a bit dry, and rather sweet. a bit more carbonation than i'd like.
drinkability: this is a bit heavy for a pale ale. after only two i felt quite full and wanted to switch to a lager. this would really compliment a spicy meal pretty well (in my opinion) but it's not something you'd like keep ordering at your local bar.
overall: tasty, but not outstanding. the smell belies its relative simplicity. this isn't a beer that i'd go out of my way to buy, and it's a bit sweeter than an american pale ale. if you find yourself staring at a can at the store, it's worth the purchase. just nothing outstanding or special.
06-16-2008 08:15:43 | More by jerryj
3.3/5 rDev -4.1%
I transported this attractive looking can back from Tokyo, and the deer on the front remind me somewhat of the sacred deer in Nara which harass tourists for a living. On to the beer...
Hazy gold body, with a small white head which quickly diminished to a film. Not really anything in the way of lacing. The aroma is definitely malt heavy, with a decent fruitiness and an accent on honey. There is also a pleasant spiciness at the back end. I'm getting a lot of caramel in the flavour as well as honey. The hops are very restrained, and its angled more to the sweet than the bitter. The spice shows up again, and it has a little heat, almost like candied ginger. The body is on the light side, but the carbonation seems well suited.
Overall a pretty inoffensive, yet bland pale. Not as intense as I believed it would be, yet made very drinkable by its simplicity. If I had the chance I don't think I would revisit it, although if it was a hot day and I need a thirst quencher I might be game.
11-28-2008 15:23:53 | More by bobsy
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance: Slightly hazy, brownish-gold brew with a dense, off-white head.
Smell: Malt, caramel, underlying touch of hops. Citrus.
Taste: Subdued malt character, slight tea-like quality. Sweet and bitter at the same time. A bit salty.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good consistency, low carbonation.
Drinkablity: A decent brew, basic pale ale that is not widely available, but is easier to find than most Japanese micros
08-29-2009 11:07:19 | More by SargeC
Pale Ale from Ginga Kogen Beer
81 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.