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Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: toweringpoo on 02-11-2009)
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5/5  rDev +47.5%

AxlSkull, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

virinow, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

shigg85, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

kylehay2004, May 30, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

nickfl, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

ironchefkook, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

KevinGordon, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

jnoelani, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

LeeLeeNicholls, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

OsakaRedbeard, Dec 10, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've seen this brewery at the local beer store. Not only that but an IPA from Japan....cool.

Easily managed frothy white head with a murky orange body. This brew made its way from Japan and tastes as fresh as if I was sipping it at the brewery. Plenty of Hops to match the typical american IPA albeit on the mild side of the style. Lively mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Sizzles towards the end of each pull and finishes with lasting resin. Nice.

This is an excellent effort. The price tag combined with the amount of better competition will negate any revisits. A novelty merely because of price. The brew itself is fundamentally sound.

DogFood11, Aug 18, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +15%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 06, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Florida9, Nov 25, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Greg_MacLeod, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

TokyoCO, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Soto, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly odd fish. The up-front taste is slightly sweet, slightly fruity, with a distinct, well, strong, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. In a fresh batch, there's some fresh hop taste after the beer warms up, which melds nicely with the bitterness (in a less fresh batch, it's mainly just the bitterness, but that's fairly pleasant even by itself).

The mouthfeel is the best part -- thick, creamy, with a good "snap."

Not a bad beer, and although it's not the most distinctive IPA out there, it's pretty tasty, and very drinkable, and I think vastly more interesting than Yo-Ho's "flagship" Yona Yona ale (the latter is just plain boring, quite undeserving of the kudos people heap on it...yes, even on cask).

[Viewed amongst its Japanese competitors, however, this beer actually stands out. There's a distinct lack of decent IPAs from Japanese breweries (Yokohama Brewing does great American IPAs as limited-editions, but never seems to put any of them in their regular line-up; Baird's OK, but though their goals are laudable, the taste often falls short; Preston IPA is decent; Swanlake IPA is often good, but the taste changes yearly; most of the rest are crap), and most of those are rather hard to find. Given that Aooni IPA is actually fairly _easy_ to find, and available in cans, it's a great fallback beer that satisfies one's IPA cravings without excessive effort...]

snogglethorpe, Nov 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Poupae, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Norseman, Jan 20, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +9.7%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 06, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a decent but maybe lacklustre IPA. Light copper body. Some fruity, slightly bland aromas. No real character I guess. Pleasantly malty, drinks with some fine piney hop bitterness at the front. Well balanced too. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, well made and all. Can't ask for much more, but I do.

juju7, Apr 01, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I will be bold and say that some of the reviews below don't read as reliable to me. In particular, the ones in the C-range. This is not so much for the rating as the incompetency in the thoroughness of the review, but I will say this beer deserves MUCH more than a C.

This beer pours a golden orange color with a no more than a finger's worth of head.

The aroma gives away of it being a west coast style American IPA. It has the syrupy citrus that is more grapefruit than other fruits. Maybe some orange peel.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick like in a lot of their beers (I don't know why this is) yet it is still drinkable. The taste was somewhat of a surprise to me as it had this sweet citrus going on Just as the aroma was, very much an American West Coast-style IPA. Not pungent, yet not weak. The end is well-balanced as it isn't overly-lingering.

Overall, I think it is an average IPA. But considering the current state of craft beer in Japan, they still nailed the west coast IPA style. Also, considering the taxes on barley that causes beer in Japan to be stupid-expensive, this is most likely the best price on a good IPA in Japan that is easily accessible.

yuichituba, Aug 15, 2011
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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.