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Yona Yona Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Yona Yona AleYona Yona Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-16-2003)
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin layer over a majority of the surface of the beer, a thicker patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has the aroma of pale malts with a light presence of a fruity yeast. There is also a pretty solid aroma of citrus hops.

T: The flavor really follows the aroma with a nice malty body made up of both pale and bready malts. There is a pleasant amount of bitterness that is contributed by the citrus hops. There is a very light hint of pine hops as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable. The beer has a low enough ABV and pleasant enough flavor to easily be a session beer. It is very well balanced with enough complexity to be interesting. Definitely one to have again.

Serving type: can

04-13-2012 00:51:14 | More by dbrauneis
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty still, not too active, oolong oorange color body over a small white head, which left substantial cobwebby lacing. The fruity hop nose was light and refreshing. If there was a hop air freshener, I would want it modeled after this scent I think.

The taste, as well, was big on fruity raw hops. A bit sweet perhaps, but bursting with flavor. The hops left a dry, dry dryness in my mouth, which left me wanting to reach for another sip. Medium body and soft bubbles.

This beer struck me as similar to many hoppy American style pale ales and some IPAs I've had. A solid, very drinkable pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2004 06:06:58 | More by donnebaby
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Paseo depato in Utsunomiya, about 250 yen, and brought it home to the US where I'm now drinking it on my deck. Perfect deck beer, flavorful and refreshing. The beer is golden color, slightly hazed, with a thick foam. The aroma is hoppier than I'd feared, maybe cascade hops? Some pine and citrus but not enough to call this an IPA, just a well done APA-style beer. The undercurrent is sweet toasty malts, really well done. Well worth buying if you're in Japan, this is much better than the Sapporo, Kirin, or Asahi you're likely to find everywhere.

Serving type: can

06-21-2009 00:52:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interviews with Joe Namath (another fine PA fellow) often have him reminiscing about coming off of the field at the end of SB III with "a feeling of joy and elation". Such is what I felt when opening an unsolicited BM from JayQue, asking if I would be interested in some CANned beers from Japan in return for some Kvass. Would I be interested?!? Does a hobby horse have a hickory d**k? CAN you believe my incredible good fortune? I love the madness that The CANQuest (TM) has become.

I CAN't tell you much about it other than it comes from Nagano, Japan and it employs a lot of Kanji lettering on its label. I speak just a little and I CANnot read any, nor do I have a Japanese wife, despite many deployments and liberty port visits while a USN sailor. Oh well. I do know, however, that it marks my arrival in Japan as a sumo wrestler, under a waning Gibbous moon.

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch and I was soon looking at two thick fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was perhaps a bit big on hops for the style, but who would I be to CANplain about too much hops? Very minty/grassy on the nose, underlain by a light caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a very pleasant admixture of hops and malt on the tongue. Finish had a mellow tea-like quality, not too bitter, not too sweet, but Baby Bear/Goldilocks-approved style.

This from Japan!?! Wow. Color me impressed. At $5.00/CAN, I might not fill my cooler anywhere but in Japan with it, but it is certainly worth a try in the interim.

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 13:33:37 | More by woodychandler
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a thin white head that still has good retention and light lacing. Mild aroma of stone fruit and light bready malt. Flavor follows, with pleasant stone fruit and lemon, light citrus hops and bready malt. Light to medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A quite pleasant pale ale; light on hops, but makes up for it with a nice fruity, bready malt. Well balanced.

Serving type: can

08-13-2013 05:11:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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3frog

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 month old example purchased in Shinjuku.

A-poured a small slightly off-white head, which disappeared fairly quickly. Lovely orange color.

S-citrusy (grapefruit) hops, though I get a hint of cedar for some reason. A little malt in the mix.

T-the grapefruit continues, though it's not like a west-coast pale ale. Nice malt framework underlies everything. And as noted elsewhere, a fairly dry and nicely bitter finish.

M-a medium-level mouthfeel seems to be increased by the relatively low level of carbonation.

D-I like this, but I don't know that I would want to drink several of these. It's a nice, complex beer, but I think I'd like this as part of a variety of beers to drink.

Serving type: can

11-19-2006 08:35:33 | More by 3frog
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snaotheus

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

Pours slightly cloudy yellow with a medium pale head. Smell is mild, but mostly sweet honey and slight hops.

Taste is honeysuckle with a moderate hops kicker. It's been a long time since I had it on cask so I definitely can't compare, but I remember liking it then, and I like it now.

Mouthfeel is thick but not sticky or heavy.

Overall, I like it. It's a solid beer.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 01:46:44 | More by snaotheus
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $4.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, medium-dark amber body with a sudsy, ivory-hued head. Light lacing as it goes.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented biscuity-toned malts with a glaze of amber honey and chiefly orangey hops.

Taste: Bready, biscuity malts with a fair amount of honeyed sweetness, though it joins some floral accents for a taste of honeysuckle. Sweet orange, slight lemon from the hops, but a bit of herb pushed into the background. Modestly bitter, leaving it to finish out faintly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing, pleasant, though rather cost-prohibitive for regular consumption at nearly five bucks a can (but still pleasant to try).

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 16:46:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SargeC

Japan

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-gold colored brew with a thick, off-white head. Low carbonation.

Smell: Minor malt with a touch of citrus. Minor hop profile.

Taste: Solid malt flavor. Citrus hop flavor gives character to this tasty pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slippery smooth with a satisfying, dry finish.

Drinkablity: Good brew. One of my favorite styles. I am glad to find a serviceable example here in Japan.

Serving type: can

02-22-2009 07:58:41 | More by SargeC
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Offa

California

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper, big off-white head steadily shrinks to thin foamy top & some weak lace.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, juicy orange/pineapple, hint of “cat pee.” It’s full-bodied bu fairly sublte and light.

Taste is light mineral, herbal citrus, yeasty juiciness with faint raisin, bark,dry bread. It has light bitterness. Overall, it is lightly juicy, minerally, yeasty, with a rather light character but with some hints of complexity and nice balance, with nice lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 00:39:39 | More by Offa
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at Popeye in Tokyo.

This pale ale poured an amber (on the brown side of amber) color with white foam that settled. The smell was mainly floral hops with some malt. The taste was a bit thin, but was mostly sweet malt and floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation. It was smooth and clean with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. This was a good ale and easy to drink.

Serving type: cask

06-16-2003 18:08:38 | More by UncleJimbo
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber body, choppy white head.

S: Floral hops.

T: Not brilliant, but not half bad. Bitter and snappy with some orange peel, floral hops, honey and tea leaves. Honey prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and about on point.

O: It's faux craft beer but great for something you can pick up at a convenience store in Japan so extra marks.

Serving type: can

02-03-2014 10:09:33 | More by Hoppsbabo
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tjd25

France

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head was short, almost non existent. Beautiful orange copper color, but only slightly hazy. Smell is very fruity and sweet. I'd say red fruits, but I tend to always say that. Apples too, maybe some caramel. Taste is lemony, very sweet, with maybe some strawberries and blueberries, but it is taken over by the quite thick and chewy grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a bit more enjoyable than for the sansan made by the same brewery, less watery. The beer's low carbonation reinforces its drinkability, but the strong hoppiness tends to weaken it.

Serving type: can

06-12-2004 17:08:48 | More by tjd25
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Beer Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo.

American-style pale ale, although the colour is much darker than most Western examples. Being on cask, it was quite warm and had little carbonation, which muted some of the flavours. Nice hoppy presence in the flavour. Something unique in the aroma that I couldn't identify, almost like some Asian spice.

Another nice session beer.

Serving type: cask

11-20-2006 18:56:27 | More by crwills
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yona Yona pours a nice peachy golden color which is slightly opaque with a nice half inch of perfectly white head. Nice and clean.

The aroma is hard to place, its sort of earthy and fruity at the same time. There is some definite citrus and a good amount of sweetness as well, almost like raw sugar. Finally I can't help but get a bit of a lemonade smell from this beer.

The taste is maltier than I expected, I think I was expecting a lot more hop flavor. That being said, there is some subtle underlying citrus. I taste a lot of biscuity flavors. It also has a bit of dry finish which is refreshing but I am missing the piney/grapefruity flavors that go along with a beer that's dry hopped with cascade hops.

Not a bad beer, especially when compared to so many of the bland lagers available in Japan. Glad I got try this one.

Another big thank you goes out to EinWeizenbitte for sending this beer along with the Sparkling Hop and asking nothing in return. Lots of beer karma coming your way my friend.

Serving type: can

08-21-2009 03:11:06 | More by indiapaleale
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells a bit better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 02:43:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pretty caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is good, hops, citrus, lots of flavor, the most hops in a beer since I left the states on vacation. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 05:57:11 | More by tone77
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davepuchta

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured I would review a beer on St. Patrick's Day that couldn't be any less Irish. So, I picked the Yona Yona Ale. I came across this beer while browsing the coolers at Top Hops in NYC. I was drawn in by the drawn in by the simple and somewhat rudimentary design of the can. It resembled what I would think beer cans of 1950's America would look like. If this can design is reflective of the stage in which Japanese craft brewing is; then Japan has had a quite auspicious beginning.
I poured the Yona Yona from it's can into a deep glass snifter. It flowed out a deep and rich bronze, with glimpses of bright orange.
On the nose, I smelled a full aroma of balanced toasty malt and crisp hopping. The malt had a bit of the upper hand here and that would be appropriate to the style.
Upon sipping, the texture comes out as being only slightly viscous. The fine carbonation did it's job in gracefully cutting any cloying feel.
The flavor was about what I would expect in a beer of this style. It was a touch on the sticky sweet side. There were notes of toffee, earthy hops, and a metallic edge.
The Yona Yona is a nice beer. It does not have the fortitude of it's currently made American counterparts or refinement of it's legendary English models, but it does have promise. It succeeds in making me want to try more of their portfolio. Well done Yona Yona, well done.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 00:15:40 | More by davepuchta
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snogglethorpe

Japan

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.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2010 08:26:45 | More by snogglethorpe
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hreb

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 04:07:30 | More by hreb
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Shakujin

Japan

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.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 05:32:29 | More by Shakujin
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emerge077

Illinois

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...

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 05:19:23 | More by emerge077
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2012 01:43:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2012 06:41:32 | More by CrazyDavros
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John_Henry

Japan

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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 00:59:49 | More by John_Henry
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