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Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%


Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: toweringpoo on 02-11-2009)
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Florida9

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on the bottom of the can indicates 12/31/13

A: Light yellow or peach in color. Fairly cloudy. Forms a smaller bubbly head. Decent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Bready with a mix of mild floral and mild spicy notes.

T: Taste is a bit better and represents an interesting take on the style. Light, but not at all unflavorful. Mild to moderate sweetness. Flavor is sort of lemon-lime, almost Sprite-like, but with a fairly aggressive bitterness (which is not at all Sprite-like). Maybe a little herbal green tea in the mix.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Fairly aggressive bitterness considering the lightness of the flavors of the beer. Medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer. It's a different take on the style, less malty than an East Coast American IPA, but with more bitterness and a much more subtle hop-flavor than a West Coast American IPA. Can't justify the price ($5 for a single 12oz can), but I am glad I was able to give it a try.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 00:53:06 | More by Florida9
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Greg_MacLeod

Thailand

3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color, a little bit cloudy, with about 1 finger of foam and a little bit of lacing on the glass.

I don't typically have high expectations for the smell of a beer that comes from a can, but this one was surprisingly good. Nice bready malt with citris and just enough hops smell to let you know that first sip is going to be good.

Malty and somewhat sweet carmel taste with a clean, but not overwhelming hops finish. If you want to be knocked over by the hops taste in your IPA this might not be your favorite. If you want a bit milder, but still good flavor give this beer a try.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

A little bit different from most American IPA's due to the sweeter carmel flavor and milder hops, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 11:30:57 | More by Greg_MacLeod
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with great retention and lacing; nice active carbonation. Great aroma of melon and tropical fruit, caramel and bready malt and light citrus hops. Flavor is very malty with caramel and bready malt, citrus, lightly piney hops and a nice amount of stone and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. A nice take on the malty style of IPA with good hop support and juicy flavors in the background. It could be a bit attenuated in hops because it may be an older can, but the hops still hold their own. A nice malty IPA.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 02:57:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight herbal hop 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 an above average beer that is malt forward and displays a fairly unbalanced hop bitterness in my opinion.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 06:19:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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snaotheus

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a little glass hotel tumbler

Pours very clear, light coppery-pink, small amount of coarse pale head, some carbonation. Smell is mild, a tiny bit of honey suckle, a little bit of spicy hops.

Taste is bittersweet. Seems like a clash between the two, rather than a harmony. The bitterness is such that it has a drying affect on the mouth, which is in contrast to the honeysuckle/floral sweetness. I have mixed feelings about it.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, this is not a bad beer. It's interesting. And I might just be happy to be able to buy an IPA in Japan easily now. Not the best example of an IPA, but better for my preferences than another Kirin or Asahi.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 11:47:15 | More by snaotheus
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danieelol

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with good head/lacing.

Nose: Agreed with lacqueredmouse on the slight "extract" qualities. Malt is kind of reminiscent of a creme brulee or custard tart. Definitely a malt-dominated nose, caramelised fruits and sticky rice. Quite clean and fresh though.

Taste: More general sort of fruit custard/peaches and custard type smells. Does have a finishing bitterness which is easily commensurate with the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and highly carbed with some (pleasant) cooked rice notes and a lingering bitterness.

Not what you would necessarily expect from an American IPA but actually quite enjoyable. Very drinkable with no off-notes. And definitely enough bitterness to justify the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:10:24 | More by danieelol
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

350ml can purchased (along with the Tokyo Black) from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a very pleasant orange golden colour, with some mild haze and a frothy, but quite firm head of off-white. Speckled, patchy lace forms after a while. Fine but minimal carbonation. Overall, it looks like a pretty good brew.

Nose is a touch grainy, certainly more than I expected and certainly more than I'd like. Slight malt-extract sweetness, and even a hint of turmeric. Weird. Under all of this is, in fact, a slight sharp orange rind character, and a tang a little like chlorine. It's not altogether bad, in other words, but it does miss the mark somewhat.

Taste is similarly disappointing. Here, the sweetness is still pronounced, but is trounced by a big herbal bitterness, that's almost chemical and burning in its intensity. Almost ashy flavours come through mid palate, and tannic bitterness on the back mingling with that heavy, goopy barley sugar sweetness. Burning white rum or rubbing alcohol finish it up. This is actually swerving towards offensive.

Overall, there's much wrong with this beer. It's intense without purpose, unbalanced, and yet the characters it pushes so strongly are not even pleasant on their own. Given the Tokyo Black was such a pleasant beer, I was very disappointed in this one.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 03:26:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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hreb

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

350 mL aluminum can poured into pint glass, creating a tall thick foam which clings to the class. Beer is a very pale orange and just slightly hazy. Faint sweet/skunky aroma that doesn't particularly suggest IPA.

Flavor however brings bitterness up front and fills my mouth with a particular hop flavor. The body is just big enough to support the hop load with no detectable sweetness, although the carbonation is a little bit sharp. There's some other flaw here...it's maybe a little bit soapy?

Overall I'm enjoying this more than the Yona Yona Ale but not as much as the Tokyo Black. That said, there are a million better American IPAs out there which are easier to find at a fraction the price.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 00:44:59 | More by hreb
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dgilks

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour with a fluffy, white head. Good head retention.

Some soft malt notes, sweetness and touches of earthiness. Not bad but not quite an IPA.

Sweet maltiness with lots of caramel notes. Not all that complex. Moderate bitterness. Lacking hop flavour.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer but not an IPA really. This needs a big dose of late hops to bring out a juicy, fruity flavour and aroma.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 06:52:44 | More by dgilks
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel and soft pine. Somewhat faint.
Restrained flavours, with a bit of grapefruit hops and some sweet bready malt followed by an assertive bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Not overly complex but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 01:25:54 | More by CrazyDavros
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oberon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $4.00 for this can wich is alot,but I wanted to try something from a brewery I had not had before.Poured a burnt orange infused medium golden with a 1/2 finger white head that was gone pretty quickly.Alot of citrusy hops in the nose,not bitter just very juicy and fruity,a light biscuit malt note lingers.A decent shot of those citrusy hops hit at the onset on the palate but they come to an ubrupt end,the biscuit malt is more pronounced than in the aromas.It's ok but the flavors don't meld together good enough,oh well glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 20:37:57 | More by oberon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid IPA. It has all the characteristics I would hope to see in a lot of IPAs, but all too often do not. Nice spicy tones; citrus is clearly around. There is a thick malt base on it too. This was too easy to drink. I always like to take notes on most beers as I drink this one, but I had to really push myself to focus and get some notes down as it was such an easy drinker. As others have said, I don't think the low scores on this one are justified. Perhaps earlier batches were inferior. Regardless, this is a nice IPA. I'd drink this anytime. Too bad I didn't crack it open on the train ride back after I bought it. Would have made the trip much nicer.

P.S. Awesome can design.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 23:12:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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shigg85

Japan

4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in cask condition on tap at Popeye's in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Poured into a pint glass. Very loose juicy bubbles, semi-cloudy orange-bronze brew. Strong hops in the smell with a fruity trace of apples. Thin mouthfeel for cask condition. Spicy aftertaste like pepper with the 65IBUs making their presence felt. Goes very well with tomato caprice. Overall, a decent IPA but not amazing.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2012 00:43:37 | More by shigg85
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Amalak

New York

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Tons of sediment floating in there. A big foamy tan head and lots of lacing. Thick caramel color. Opaque.

S. No scent.

T. It has a metallic flavor. Perhaps from the can. There's a slight hoppy bite. A bit of a dark fruit undertone. Some citrus.

M. A bit of a sour taste.

O. A very plain taste. There's not much there for an IPA. Not offensive, but lacks any pop.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 00:22:50 | More by Amalak
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a hazy orange amber hue with some floaties floating around in the glass. There are also signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass too.

Smell: There are some bready and sweet malts along with some hints of citrus too.

Taste: Pretty malty and bready. Citrus and bitterness is there also.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: A pretty mediocre IPA in my opinion. Spent a lot of money at Bierkraft in Brooklyn just because I never have seen or heard of the brewery. Good to see Japan making IPA's in a can, but this one needs a little more love. The floaties also did not add to the taste either like other beers with floaties.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 01:51:58 | More by Flounder57
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a cloudy golden with crimson hues body. excellent lacing

S: citrus from pineapple and grapefruit, very clean, mild on the malts.

T: flavor understates the citrus compared to the aroma but it is still there. breads, light malts and a nice juniper presence. Mild pine and earthy hops throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. creamy body.

Overall: very drinkable. very palatable. the aroma is full. The flavor drops off a bit but is still better than expected.

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 23:28:40 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A distinctive and pungent hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and juniper.

T - Malty notes of bread and light toffee up front with sweaty, pungent juniper notes in the middle. More sweaty hop flavor comes out in the finish with sharp, chalky bitterness and grapefruit that linger on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is an interesting and somewhat atypical IPA. The malt is significant enough in the flavor to counter the hops, though it is not so noticable in the aroma. The hop profile is the most interesting part of the beer with a juniper note that I don't think I have ever encountered in another IPA. Overall it is quite nice and while the bitterness is a bit on the harsh side, it is still relatively well balanced.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 03:53:44 | More by nickfl
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber to copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and lots of sediment floating in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a thin film with a thin patch and slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of cereal malts and some slight amounts of caramel malt sweetness. The beer has both floral and citrus hops present.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with a very nice balance. There is an upfront caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by lots of citrus hop flavor with only a light amount of bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: The beer is very well balanced and one of the easiest drinking IPAs I have had. Definitely enjoyable and a good beer.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 00:19:22 | More by dbrauneis
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Raven3464

Japan

3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a cloudy, golden body with a one finger head. There is a good amount of retention; it certainly looks promising.

Smell: The hops smell sour and sweat malts can be detected. There are no aggressive aromas and nothing new stands out even as the beer warms.

Taste: Hop bitterness and a pinch of pine are noticed right away. There is no fruity flavor at all. The aftertaste taste like bread. It is not nearly as complex as many top level IPAs but there is just enough hop bitterness to qualify it for the genre.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Like everything else about this beer, it is average.

Overall: Aooni (blue demon) certainly is not a bad beer. Unfortunately, there is nothing that really stands out about it either. I will give the brewer credit, as the IPA seems to be a tough genre in Japan. With a little more complexity, this could be a good representative for the style.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 14:32:14 | More by Raven3464
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flagmantho

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 350mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a nice effervescence and a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Head has a nice tenacity; I like it.

Smell: kind of a sourish aroma, and not in a particularly good way. There's some malt in there and a dash of hops; citrusy, maybe, but hard to tell with that harsh sourish character in there.

Taste: nice malty backbone which is a bit on the sweet side. Hops are earthy and maybe a bit citrusy, and bitterness is relatively low. A bit of that weird sourness is in there, but nothing like in the aroma. Separating the flavor from the smell, it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: that smell is so bizarre; it doesn't seem to pervade the flavor, but it is off-putting nonetheless. A decent IPA, but not one that I would go back to.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 19:51:27 | More by flagmantho
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davepuchta

New York

2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second beer I have tried from Yo-Ho Brewing Co. The first being their Yona Yona Ale, which I really enjoyed.
I bought the Aooni IPA in it's can format. (I'm not sure if it's available in any other form.)
Aooni poured a solid burnished orange color, leaving little room for light to come through. I believe this trait in appearance is much more characteristic of a traditional English-style IPA, though not entirely void of the American style.
The scent profile of this beer is not very assertive as with most IPAs out there. You can detect a small amount of aromatic hops and flat cooked malt scent. Agreeable, but not exciting.
The texture was a little thick. I found this to be the case in their Yona Yona Ale as well.
The flavor of the Aooni is what convinced me that this is a whole lot more of an English-style IPA than an American. I'm not a beer expert, only a devout appreciater and student; I believe I can safely say that at the very least the execution of this beer was not within the general guidelines of the American IPA style. The bittering hop is apparent, somewhat assertive, and clean. The malt is what throws this beer off the American IPA trail. It's too much.
Overall, the Aooni is not bad. Certainly not my favorite "American IPA" interpretation, but it's drinkable. I preferred their Yona Yona, but my lack of genuine enthusiasm for the Aooni will not deter me from seeking out more of their beers.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 01:17:13 | More by davepuchta
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JizackFH

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish amber color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lace on the glass. Also, there is quite a bit of floating sediment visible.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and citrus. There is a good hop presence, as well as some aromas of fruit and floral notes.

T - The taste starts off with some caramel maltiness, and there is a decent amount of hop bitterness, but not as much as I had hoped for. There are some fruit flavors, as well as some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering sweet caramel malt and hop presence behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body, and the carbonation is a little less than average. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some hop bitterness, but overall not that much. Also, I am getting a little bit of alcohol warmth on the back end.

O - This beer has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easily, and I wouldn't have a problem having a few in a night. It's just that it isn't quite up to snuff with a lot of the other IPAs out there. I really think there should be more hop aromas and flavor. It has a solid malty backbone, but if it had a good hop impact it would really help this beer out. Overall, I think it is a good beer, but just not anything special. I is worth a try though.

Serving type: can

01-16-2012 09:19:44 | More by JizackFH
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back for me by my sister in law, thanks for the opportunity Terry. Pours a deep golden amber color with a creamy snow white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace. Smells like a macro lager with a bit more caramel and a touch more hops. Bready, grainy, pilsner malt like aroma with hints of rice and spicy earthy hops. Taste is sweet with honey like bready grain malt. Again hops are quite restrained for something that claims to be an IPA, barely showing off a spicy earthy flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. Flavorful beer, nice drinker with no major issues, but its certainly a stretch to call this an IPA. Cryptic code on the bottom of the can reveals no clues as to this beers age.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 03:46:55 | More by johnnnniee
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are citrusy aromas in the nose along with notes of floral hops and hints of caramel and cracker malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite citrusy from the hops but only has a slight amount of bitterness due to the underlying malts, which contribute notes of caramel and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced because it contains lots of hoppy flavors but isn’t that bitter. It is an easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 02:52:09 | More by metter98
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can at the bar myself at Sushi Taro DC into a Pokal glass. WAIT INTERCEPTION this glass is FROSTED! Quick grab and we sit and wait, to let this warm up a bit before pouring. Not sure on dating, bottom of can says 12-16-16 11-07 not sure what that's all about.

A nice opaque and cloudy amber orange with lemon hues, looks unfiltered, presenting an off white head and lots of retention. Head clumps a bit too and there's some good lacing also.

Nose is mostly malt, but a faint light hop, feels tea herbal more like an English IPA.

Taste is interesting. Kind of neutral bitter, but also a bit unbalanced. Do able for drinking with a quenching mouthfeel. There's a hint of alcohol heat on this, and a finish of light hop and just a faint touch of honey.

Overall it was kind of odd, but drinkable. It was certainly better with the maguro and wasabi than just drinking it alone.

Serving type: can

12-07-2011 18:29:43 | More by smakawhat
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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.