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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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BA SCORE
78
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80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
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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TokyoCO

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Serbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-14-2013 12:46:40 | More by gnikola
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snaotheus

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a little glass hotel tumbler

Pours very clear, light coppery-pink, small amount of coarse pale head, some carbonation. Smell is mild, a tiny bit of honey suckle, a little bit of spicy hops.

Taste is bittersweet. Seems like a clash between the two, rather than a harmony. The bitterness is such that it has a drying affect on the mouth, which is in contrast to the honeysuckle/floral sweetness. I have mixed feelings about it.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, this is not a bad beer. It's interesting. And I might just be happy to be able to buy an IPA in Japan easily now. Not the best example of an IPA, but better for my preferences than another Kirin or Asahi.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 11:47:15 | More by snaotheus
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Poupae

Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with good head/lacing.

Nose: Agreed with lacqueredmouse on the slight "extract" qualities. Malt is kind of reminiscent of a creme brulee or custard tart. Definitely a malt-dominated nose, caramelised fruits and sticky rice. Quite clean and fresh though.

Taste: More general sort of fruit custard/peaches and custard type smells. Does have a finishing bitterness which is easily commensurate with the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and highly carbed with some (pleasant) cooked rice notes and a lingering bitterness.

Not what you would necessarily expect from an American IPA but actually quite enjoyable. Very drinkable with no off-notes. And definitely enough bitterness to justify the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:10:24 | More by danieelol
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%

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

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-08-2013 11:09:42 | More by pin
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-30-2012 19:47:49 | More by nmann08
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 03:26:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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hreb

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

350 mL aluminum can poured into pint glass, creating a tall thick foam which clings to the class. Beer is a very pale orange and just slightly hazy. Faint sweet/skunky aroma that doesn't particularly suggest IPA.

Flavor however brings bitterness up front and fills my mouth with a particular hop flavor. The body is just big enough to support the hop load with no detectable sweetness, although the carbonation is a little bit sharp. There's some other flaw here...it's maybe a little bit soapy?

Overall I'm enjoying this more than the Yona Yona Ale but not as much as the Tokyo Black. That said, there are a million better American IPAs out there which are easier to find at a fraction the price.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 00:44:59 | More by hreb
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dgilks

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 06:52:44 | More by dgilks
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2012 01:25:54 | More by CrazyDavros
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

10-06-2012 02:30:58 | More by virinow
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2neardead

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-23-2012 22:52:46 | More by 2neardead
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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


4/5  rDev +18%

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

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 20:37:57 | More by oberon
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twelveinches

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-06-2012 16:09:09 | More by twelveinches
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 23:12:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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jnoelani

Washington

4/5  rDev +18%

07-17-2012 04:59:49 | More by jnoelani
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shigg85

Japan

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.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2012 00:43:37 | More by shigg85
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Zakk

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.5%

06-09-2012 04:07:17 | More by Zakk
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Amalak

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 00:22:50 | More by Amalak
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: can

05-29-2012 23:28:40 | More by kylehay2004
Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.