Yona Yona Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-18-2012 00:15:40 | More by davepuchta
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
06-20-2013 05:57:11 | More by tone77
3.56/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
06-03-2013 02:43:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
What Yona-Yona Ale lacks in flavor it makes up for in ubiquity. Craft beer can be hard to come by in Japan, and having a brew like this show up regularly in grocery stores is a ray of hoppy sunshine in a swamp of Asahi Super Dry and Kirin Lager.
Yona-Yona has a nice floral hop nose, with a well balanced malt backbone. It is not the most flavorful Pale Ale, and to judge it by the standards of American Pale Ales and IPAs it is only a fair effort. But it is the hoppiest Japanese craft beer sold in my area, and that sort of thing is worth rewarding.
07-23-2014 07:16:00 | More by travelingrant
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-21-2009 03:11:06 | More by indiapaleale
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
06-12-2004 17:08:48 | More by tjd25
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-20-2006 18:56:27 | More by crwills
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-03-2014 10:09:33 | More by Hoppsbabo
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
06-16-2003 18:08:38 | More by UncleJimbo
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-22-2009 07:58:41 | More by SargeC
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-10-2012 00:39:39 | More by Offa
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-19-2006 08:35:33 | More by 3frog
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-10-2012 01:46:44 | More by snaotheus
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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).
03-20-2012 16:46:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-13-2013 05:11:12 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
05-22-2011 13:33:37 | More by woodychandler
Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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