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Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

10-06-2012 02:30:58 | More by virinow
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shigg85

Japan

4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
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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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +22%
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 +21.4%
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.

Serving type: can

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

California

4/5  rDev +19%

12-16-2013 05:48:31 | More by ironchefkook
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +19%

01-15-2013 02:56:58 | More by KevinGordon
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +19%
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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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev +19%

07-17-2012 04:59:49 | More by jnoelani
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LeeLeeNicholls


4/5  rDev +19%

08-29-2012 20:39:28 | More by LeeLeeNicholls
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OsakaRedbeard

Japan

4/5  rDev +19%

12-10-2011 14:47:32 | More by OsakaRedbeard
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DogFood11

California

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 01:12:57 | More by DogFood11
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +14%
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 +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-25-2013 14:17:00 | More by TokyoCO
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

09-19-2012 19:27:57 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Soto

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

05-09-2014 04:48:09 | More by Soto
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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...]

Serving type: can

11-27-2010 14:10:44 | More by snogglethorpe
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

05-31-2014 08:38:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Poupae

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-12-2013 15:37:17 | More by Poupae
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Norseman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-20-2014 11:48:38 | More by Norseman
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juju7

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2010 06:47:40 | More by juju7
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yuichituba

California

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 09:04:07 | More by yuichituba
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SargeC

Japan

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, copper-gold colored brew with a dense golden-white head.

Smell: Butter, mild floral hops, malt.

Taste: Very subdued IPA. The flavors are not as up front as I am used to. Not very hoppy, but has a nice hint of pine. Slight malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly oily finish.

Drinkablity: Decent yet understated IPA. With a few tweaks and a more hops this could be a good Japanese IPA.

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 11:33:58 | More by SargeC
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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