Aooni India Pale Ale - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Japan

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 shigg85
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Raven3464
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of davepuchta
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of JizackFH
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.07/5  rDev -40%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of yuichituba
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
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 ... ?

Photo of Kshock
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Bubba83
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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...]

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.