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Yona Yona Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-16-2003)
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

GarthT, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Smarty_Pints, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of PatandDavid
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty good, out of a can. Color is a clear apricot, mini-head didn't last long, no lace at all. Aroma is of syrupy hops. Taste is almost all flowery hops, very pleasant and surprising. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy. I notice a bust of citrus in the finish. Unexpectedly pretty tasty. Thanks to Uncle Jimbo for this one!

PatandDavid, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of shivtim
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a can at the Buford Highway Farmer's Market.

Poured into a pint.
Golden orange. Slight ring of white head.

Nose is decent. Sweet grains, slight alcohol. More sweetness in the malts, and a slight hoppy hint.

Taste is similar to the nose, but milder. Tinge of metal and alcohol on the end.

Decent overall.

shivtim, May 23, 2012
Photo of John_Henry
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly orange tint, clear, with good head.

S. Not bad, slight citrusy hop note, I would say Cascade.

T. Pretty good, fairly balanced, but plenty of citrusy hop character.

M. Fine, nothing of note, slightly over carbonated for my taste, but that's being very picky to be fair.

O. One of the better Japanese craft brews readily available that I keep returning to, though not a patch on their Barley wine, and real ale. My personal favourite Japanese craft brewer, but not their best offering, still good though.

A little edit as of the 5th of March. Got another can in front of me and am surprised at how different this is to the one I had the other day. Still noticeable citrus/orange peel notes in the taste, but overall a lot smoother and more mellow on the hops. A bit more like their real ale, which is a plus for me. This now being closer to an English Ale, with American hop, Japanese touch twist.

John_Henry, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows soft piny hops and a bit of grapefruit. Also some soft caramel.
Flavours are somewhat similar but include some bready malt and less hops.
A bit over-carbed really.
Fine but nothing too impressive.

CrazyDavros, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive clear dark amber. I couldn’t get much of a head, though. Crisp aroma is malty with a fruity note that seems to be equal parts pear and plum. Flavor is mainly malty and has a fruity undertone - I caught a hint of plum and a touch of pear. Texture is smooth with average body and fizz, but still enjoyable. Had at a good sushi bar in Atlanta - not world class, but still worthy if you happen to spot it.

Cyberkedi, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Found the can at Max Value, Yomitan, Okinawa.

A - Pours a nice light orange, light shining clear and through, one finger of white head.
S - Light hops aroma. I have nothing creative to say here.
T - Sweet malts dance with light hop bitterness portraying a scene of light pine sap and vanilla.
M - Mouthfeel showcases a medium bodied ale punctuated by a gentle carbonation and slight stickiness.

Overall a very enjoyable APA. I'd say this is a good beer for most people. Recommend.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange, sticky collar of lacing. Feeble island of floating skim in the middle. Bright clarity, saturated reddish-orange color.

Woody cedar, caramel sweetness, tea like.

Old oxidized caramel malt, orange peel, something vaguely medicinal. Dry aftertaste, malty. Medium bodied, a pretty average pale ale, regardless of origin. Not sure of the age of this can, it could be old, who knows... for $6 i'm not going to try it again. A novelty buy...

emerge077, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Shakujin
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, completely clear, weak quickly dissipating head.

Aroma: Ive had this before and it had a better nose, but this time very little aroma at all, slight hints of toastiness and hops

Taste: Bigger than the nose, dominating flavor is caramel malty type sweeness/ toastiness, along with a minor bitterness for balance. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Med-Light, the caramel taste makes it a bit heavier and there is little carbonation to lighted it up

Drinkability: Quite drinkable although the sweetness might build up a bit after a pint or so. Seems to be designed as a bit of a bridge beer with its price range and wide availability. Decent special bitter interpretation.

Shakujin, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

350mL heavyweight aluminum can served cold in pint glass. Beer pours an alarmingly hazy pale orange amber. I was expecting a pale ale (not that I can read any of the Japanese on the can) but this thing is seriously cloudy. Tiny white head. Intense citrus hop aroma. Aroma could be worthy of an IPA, actually.

Although the aroma is beta-acid hop forward, the flavor is much more mellow. Slightly sweet, and hopped like a non-India pale ale. Hops are more than balanced out by some non-descript malt flavors more, leaving a result somewhat short of dry.

Enjoyable, especially given it's less than pleasant (to me) appearance in the glass. I picked this up today at uwajimaya in Seattle today because I noticed that when I picked up the same brewery's porter ("Tokyo Black") I had really enjoyed it, at least according to my BA review. This is decent but unlike the porter it doesn't justify the $4.39 / not-even-12oz sticker price.

hreb, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of snogglethorpe
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent, but overrated -- it's good, but I don't think think it deserves the superlatives that many seem to heap on it.

A nice rich color. The taste, while it's very fresh with a nice fruitiness, is just too bland, it doesn't really stick its neck out in any direction, and doesn't seem to have any sort of interesting complexity that might make up for this. Certainly not offensive though, and something nice to sip; you could drink a lot of it without noticing.

It does have the distinction of being one of the few beers you can find on cask in Japan though.

snogglethorpe, May 05, 2010
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Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.