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Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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

Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company visit their website

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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Photo of GRG1313


1.93/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 05:28:24 | More by GRG1313
Photo of DogFood11


3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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
Photo of yuichituba


3.65/5  rDev +8%
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
Photo of biggred1


3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, honey blonde with a fluffy cream colored head. Yo-Ho brewing didn't make the prettiest beer and the aroma is nothing to write home about either, faint toasted grain and floral hops and not much else. The flavor is not great but not bad either it's well balanced between sweet caramel malt and resinous citrusy hop bitterness. Medium bodied and refreshing. Aooni IPA is certainly one of the better Japanese beers available in the U.S. but with so many better domestic options available I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 01:08:59 | More by biggred1
Photo of rootbeerman


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cloudy orange/yellow, a quarter inch of head barely lasts long enough to pick up the glass.
S: malt and hops blend to make a lemon and orange cookie aroma. Doesn't really smell like a typical IPA
T: a touch more grapefruit and pine than the aroma, but the orange and lemon cookie. Not really that bitter, but could be made more for the Japanese market.
M: not to light but not thick either, carbonation was also decent.
O: label gets an A, beer itself is rather average.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 08:59:35 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of woodychandler


2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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 ... ?

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 14:53:26 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Kshock


2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nothing special, orangny, hazy color. not very bright for an IPA.

S- Not a lot of aroma. Smells slightly of hops and soap. not really impressing me.

T- Not quite as bad as i thought it was going to be, but not very good. there isnt really any offensive flavors, just not too many good ones. it does taste a little oxidized which is strange considering it came from a can. oh well.

M- like everything else about this beer, not horrible, but not good either.

if i was in japan and this was the only micro i could find, it would suffice....barely.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 22:29:40 | More by Kshock
Photo of Bubba83


3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at K&L, new arrival, pretty cool seeing this brewery stateside and having their offerings in cans. A bit steep at $5 a can, but worth one try I figure. Poured into a tumbler at 45 degrees.

Pours a beautiful golden toasted yellow topped by 1/2 inch of bright white soapy looking head. Small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and hold up a well retained head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind as well. Nearly gave the appearance a 5.

Smells quite different than I'd expect an IPA to smell. Smells a bit more like an ESB really. Kind of a toasted crackery malt aroma with floral hops to accent. A little bit of a metallic hint too, but overall I like the smell.

Tastes a lot like an ESB too. Initial impression is graham cracker, followed up by some green apple and leads into a bit of a metallic tasting mid-range. Finishes with a fairly nice floral hop kick that would be tastier if the metallic undertone was not present. All in all a bit all over the place but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel consistency is medium. A bit grainy feeling on the tongue, a little abrasive. Not so great in this department.

Overall it's a lot different than I would have expected. From what I understand the brewmaster studied under Stone's tutelage for the better part of three years, so I thought this would be closer to a west coast IPA. With that said, this works okay as an ESB, but it's not one of the better ones I've had. I hope to have a little better luck with the Tokyo Black Porter.

Serving type: can

05-17-2011 06:31:53 | More by Bubba83
Photo of JayQue


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2011 23:44:33 | More by JayQue
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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
Photo of juju7


3.65/5  rDev +8%
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
Photo of Weizenmensch


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

Fresh can of Ao Oni, (the blue ogre). I enjoyed it the last time I had it, but I was out walking on a hot summer's night and was very thirsty, so I'll give it a fair review now that I can sit down and think about it.

Appearance: Low-moderate head retention, some scattered lacing, deep amber colour, nothing too impressive but it looks the part. Carbonation is minimal.

Smell: Doesn't give too much away, although it's fairly cold. No aggressive hoppiness or any individual characters noticeable.

Taste: Bitter on the palate, but not excessively so. Refreshing, astringent and forward, but not agressive. Hops are not fruity or anything - although this is supposed to be an IPA, there's not a lot of complexity. It has the thirst-quenching qualities of a good pilsener in summer, but when you contemplate the brew there's actually not a lot there. However, it's pleasant to drink even though the only flavour there is bitter hop acids on the palate. This is a hop-strong beer without much maltiness and with emphasis on drinkability and quenching thirst.

Mouthfeel: Dull on the tongue but astringent and slightly puckering on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer's strong point. Thirst-quenching and easily poured down the throat, with the palate numbness being virtually the only memorable vestige of the brew!

Overall: It's a humid September evening and I'm enjoying this beverage but it's not the hop onslaught I remember it to be - maybe because the first time I had it I took its appellation of "India Pale Ale" with a grain of salt. It's definitely an American-style IPA - not a lot of maltiness or sweet flavours of any kind. Still, it's better than virtually all other Japanese beers, at least the ones I've been able to get a hold of. Fair play to this brewery that's trying to diversify its creations in the harshly anti-microbrew market of Japan.

Serving type: can

09-26-2009 11:31:18 | More by Weizenmensch
Photo of Shakujin


3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice large head slightly with just slightly cloudy amber color. Poured a large head but it disipated quickly, I might even say a structurally unsound head.

Smell- A slightly sour hop smell, but not all that much aroma coming off the top

Taste- Alot of carbonation, I can taste a bit of the sweet malts floating in there which is interesting for an IPA, and an indistinct perhaps slightly citrusy hop dominates. Finish is a fairly indistinct. Less hoppy then I have come to expect from an IPA ( maybe in the 40s?) but has a more pronounced malt taste which is slightly intriguing.

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy on the carbonation so it feels bubbly and a bit watery in the mouth. However not to an unpleasant extent.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable, especially with the unlikely balance of malts and hops in in IPA. However, bottom line its has that mass produced watery taste so I would want to trade in for a better IPA given the chance.

Serving type: can

09-19-2009 00:54:47 | More by Shakujin
Photo of SargeC


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2009 19:37:07 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of toweringpoo


1.83/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is the worst beer I've had in a long time. It also marks the first IPA I've ever had that wasn't at least slightly enjoyable.
I'm pretty disappointed. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Yo-ho brewing. This beer is a different story however. It's close to flavorless, odorless swill. The only thing it has is bitterness. Overwhelming amounts of bitterness. Absolutely no flavor. Almost like bitter water or bad homebrew.

This is so bad I question whether it's a bad batch or skunked or something. I would never have expected something this bad from Yo-ho. Sample with caution.

Serving type: can

02-11-2009 13:09:28 | More by toweringpoo
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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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