Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: toweringpoo on 02-11-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.07/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear medium orange amber with a thick, full and rich white head that fades quickly but retaines a nice short layer of white.

Nose is fresh pineapple you want and expect in an IPA and this doesn't disappoint in this regard.

Mouthfeel is difficult to judge because the flavors are so off. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but out of balance.

Flavors are just a bit of a mess. Tastes like watery burnt toast; sour/bitter pine that lacks brightness or character. All in all not something you really want to drink. Flavors are just a dull, bitter almost skunky in character. Not appealing.

Green herbal bitter unpleasant finish. (626 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moon is now waxing crescent following the previous review and The CANQuest (TM) is closing in on # 500! The simplicity of the logo may inspire me to have this tattooed on my arm. Let the last of the Japanese beers from JayQue fall before the awesomeness that is The CANQuest (TM)!

The Gaijin is now king in Japan, having felled their greatest sumo like David before Goliath! The beer pours freely into woody's glass from a CAN proffered by the most beautiful ladies the country has to offer. It has been nearly a week-and-a-half by the lunar calendar since his glorious victory and he has yet to be satiated (by beer or otherwise).

The Crack & Glug is CANducted by someone other than himself as he may no longer do anything on his own. He is the undisputed champion and he CANnot reverse this fact except by stepping back into the ring. The beer is a disappointing light-amber but he does not allow his features to give anything away. The head began as a finger of off-white foam, but has fallen like his opponent, leaving sticky lace in its wake. The nose is all wrong - more grassy than citrus or pine! Grrr. The mouthfeel is medium and the taste is too malty sweet for an AmeriCAN IPA, more towards an ENGL IPA. The finish tickles the back of his throat with a slight tang of hops, or is is it Kitazakura's fingers sliding oh, so gently around his neck ... ? (1,368 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +17%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at a Paseo depato in Utsunomiya, 281 yen (about $3.00) per can. It looked to be a Japanese version of an IPA, very cool looking can so I needed to try it.

The beer is dark yellow color and slightly hazed, with almost no head, just a thin spitty froth. The aroma is bitter smelling hops, no citrus or yeasty goods that I can tell, just an honest hops bitterness. The taste is likewise sort of one-dimensional, bitterness without the hop flavors that can make IPAs so delicious. Oh well it was worth a try, and at least it was refreshing. Easy drinking for the style but not anything I'll look for again. (622 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a glass near Haiki.
3.25/4.5/4/4/4.25
Half finger of head tops an auburn clear beer.
It smells amazing. Loads of piney hops. Lemon accents.
What are these lukewarm reviews? This is a good beer and, for Japan, a godsend. Akin to Brew Free or Die-- malty-fruity with a seriously bitter-herbal bite on the latter half of the taste. Lingeringly hoppy.
Crisp and sweet-citrus-dry and really enjoyable.
Recommended! One of my favorite Japanese beers. (472 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of shigg85
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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. (387 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty average IPA. Goes down easy.

Pours an orange/light coppery color with a medium size off white head. Head retention is good and there are patches of long-lasting lacing.

Smell is mild hops bitterness, certainly not top tier IPA experience.

Taste is fairly good. Balanced...not a hop bomb. Primarily bready malt with finishing hops bitterness

Mouthfeel starts off crisp but a little thin with a metallic aftertaste. The more you drink, the richness increases and the aftertaste recedes.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer but nothing exceptional. The fact that it is in a can, makes it more portable for the IPA fan. (630 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Topped with 4 fingers of yellow head that fades before your eyes in a couple minutes. Yellow orange body with very little carbonation.


S: Grapefruit, pine, turpentine, orange zest, smelly foot, tropical fruit punch.


T: Sweet with tropical fruit notes, papaya, ripe mango, jackfruit, alcohol mostly covered but appears in the nose as fumes. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.


M: Sappy with a light syrupy quality, virtually no carbonation, lightly sticky finish.


O: Got and drank in CNX Feb 17th, 2015. I see low ratings on this one, but I think it’s a great attempt from Japan. Borders on a double IPA, and is quite interesting. Cool artistry on the can. (667 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (664 characters)

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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.