Isekadoya Triple Hop - Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
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Reviews by prosper:
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
pours a dark yellow. it's bottle conditioned, so there's some sediment and it's a little hazy. Was a gusher when I opened it, but the level of carbonation isn't actually insanely high.
Smells fainly of malts, with a decent orange/lemon hoppy zest. A little earthiness, too.
Taste is interesting. It's got a definite yeast presence, almost like a saison, but not nearly as strong. There's not much malt, and a good earthy hoppy twang. Interesting candied orange/lemon combination going on here, coming as much from the yeast as the hops; it's certainly not the prototypical american grapefruit bomb.
Mouthfeel is nice and light, making this a very dinkeable beer, and the moderate alcohol means it's a nice quencher.
Overall - I really like it, but it also doesn't do much to stand out either.
02-28-2010 00:53:13 | More by prosper
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3.65/5 rDev +7%
Good to see a a newer Japanese micro at my local beer store.Poured a hazed peach color with a huge amount of foam that never really was subdued fully,aromas were of English malt and leafy hop,seemed very UK to me more than American IPA.Flavors are of English malt that is lightly sweetish with a tinge of iron/metallic,a leafy/herbal hop presence is tasted late.Its not an American IPA by any means,to me its a slightly hopped up English pale ale,not very complex but decent.
07-05-2010 22:43:17 | More by oberon
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance - This is a thick, dirty pond looking light brown in color with a very nice, thick head. The head came up easy and was very heavy, so much so that it didn't even lay flat.
Smell - The hop aroma is very, very light, not even close to a typical AIPA. What I can get is very grassy but well developed.
Taste - The hops come on more at the taste but are still somewhat boring. It's like a mix between European pils-style hops and a lightweight APA. In fact the website refers to this beer as a pale ale although currently on BA it is an AIPA.
Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with some lazy but satisfying carbonation and a nice bitter finish that stretches out for like half a minute.
Drinkability - On the surface it doesn't seem like much but overall was very enjoyable. If you buy this looking for big hops you'll be sorely disappointed, but if you look at it like a unique American-style pale ale with a European twist (made in Japan - haha) you'll give it a nod.
11-07-2010 01:12:17 | More by RoyalT
3.65/5 rDev +7%
This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky ecru head, which leaves a curtain of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of bready biscuit malt, and citrus and grassy hops. The taste is more bready malt, and some citrus, spicy, and floral hops, which lends credence to the theory of Euro origins to at least some of the hop schedule. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, a bit oily, and full, and it finishes off-dry, the malt and mild herbal, piney hops holding court.
A decent mirror-world Yankee IPA, with a little too much tendency toward the malt side of things, given the nomenclature.
01-01-2010 04:10:30 | More by biboergosum
3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
Really healthy head on this thing, easily two fingers and holding firm. It's about as solid as Styrofoam, and a gentle shake of the glass confirms its solidity. Glowing burnt sunset orange color is hazed over...remarkable lace leavings. Looks pretty amazing.
Aroma is clean--flowery, grassy, herbal and fruity sides to the hops, living up to the name. It's just a little on the subdued side, especially for a hoppy beer. Not much malt backup detected either. Would've been an incredible thing to sniff if the aroma were just a few notches brighter.
The flavor is certainly interesting...it's quite bitter--leafy and grassy mostly--although they apparently forgot to chuck the malt in, because it's completely one-dimensional. Of course, to get alcohol you need some kind of sugar, I'm just not tasting it. Black tea-like astringency keeps things on the rougher side, and maybe I'm getting just a smidgen of caramel flavor here with a little warming. Not sure what to think, but it's definitely green-tasting.
The thin body does no favors to this beer. It's watery. There is a nice crispness here that, along with the vibe of the hop mixture, suggests a Czech pils, but then I've never had a proper, quality Czech pils that felt watery to me.
There's practically no malt presence here, so it ends up coming off like chilled hop-steeped soda water. Maybe that's a little harsh, because hop lovers will at least find something intriguing and unique here...I just don't think it could ever compete with the many hop-centric wonders of the U.S. Taken for what it is, it's worth a one-off shot anyway. But that's it. I wouldn't revisit.
05-03-2010 23:31:13 | More by Metalmonk
2.65/5 rDev -22.3%
500 ml. thanks for sending Presario. This was a foamer, and much more white suds than the unfiltered yellow body. It just wouldn't quit. Barnyard aromas, with some vegetable, hops deep background. Mouthfeel is creamy but bitterness and farm is in the finish. Cabbage and celery along with the three hop choices. Odd bitterness fighting with the barnyard, and not so balanced.
10-11-2010 03:00:27 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +24.6%
Those crazy Japanese! A triple hopped beer? Yes! It says so right on the label, "Three kinds of hops which Brew Master in charge chose"! Let's see if we can guess what they are...
...it's little bit yeasty and cedar-like in the nose, so one might be Sorachi Ace. But it's also a touch perfumey and floral, so one could be Hallertauer, and it definitely has some of that character in the flavor as well. It's not really spicy, well just a little bit, so it's probably not Saazer. And there's some fruitiness, some citrus, and some mintiness, but that could be coming from a lot of different hops: Tettnanger, Hersbrucker, Crystal, Cascade, Liberty, etc. What I don't get is pine or strong citrus or strong fruitiness, so that rules out quite a few American hops (Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe). It is a bit herbal though, so maybe Spalter fits in as that's fairly floral as well. Or, maybe Nugget. Yes, Nugget seems to fit in there.
Needless to say, it's almost impossible to pick which three hop varieties are included. Had it been one hop, sure. Two, probably. But three, no... there are just too many variables. So the question is, do they fit together well? Do they harmonize? And I'd say 'yes', and no. There's a nice floral note in the aroma that works along with the woodiness (which might be coming from the yeast as it is bottle-conditioned). And it's somewhat fruity, minty, spicy, and herbal in the flavor. It's a pretty wide range, but they all somehow connect. On the other hand, I think it's a bit over-done without reason, and better results (more focus) could have been achieved with just one or two hops. But it is hoppy, and if intensity of flavor was what they were going for they achieved it.
As to the rest of the beer, it's very well done. It delivered a massive head up-front, followed by excellent retention and very good lacing. The mouthfeel is appropriate with a medium body and an effervescent zest on the tongue. The flavor is obviously balanced towards the hop flavors, but it's not over-reaching and resinous, nor overly bitter - it's actually quite nicely balanced. So drinkability, I guess, actually goes hand in hand with how well you like the hop choice, because if you like hoppy beers there's no fault to be found here - it's balanced and nicely rounded, and all about the hop flavors and aromas!
10-26-2009 22:05:42 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
This beer pours a slightly hazy coppery-gold colour with an astoundingly large and impressively well-maintained head. There is a lot of carbonation rushing up the glass.
The aroma is spicy apple and cinnamon with some sharp hops filling out the background. Quite unique, but I'm very impressed.
The taste is a lot lighter and less robust compared to the aroma. Slight sweetness that is quickly taken over by spices and hops. Some slight bitterness and light oily hops finish it out.
Overall, I had really high hopes at first and they were slightly dashed. Nonetheless, this is a unique beer with some unique aromas and flavours. Worth checking out.
10-06-2011 05:59:23 | More by evlu1441
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy opaque straw colour, chunky white head with good retention.
Musty, spicy, some cedar-like wood on the nose, curious but not wholly inviting.
Musty, dry grains up front in the flavour, clean grassy finish, most of the hop character comes out in the aftertaste, slightly herbal, faint citrus, with a surprise punch of astringency. It all doesn't seem to come together with much cohesion though. Long into the aftertaste, is leafy, spicy hops.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth with moderate carbonation, dryness on finish.
It's not a bad IPA, but just doesn't seem to gel together to make it more enjoyable, something of a cacophany going on in the flavour dep't, my lingering impressions are of a dry, musty, astringent beer, almost remeniscent of moth balls.
02-06-2010 02:55:45 | More by IronDjinn
3.33/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a bit reddish in nature, a fairly ligh color. Had a cloudy haze with plenty of carbonation rising to refill the foamy off white head. Predominant smell was a herby citrus. Maybe some citrus. Very slightly sweet, but finished with a bit of bitterness. Taste started off pleasant, a bit of malt, but shifted to a slightly sour flavor before changing back to a bit of hoppy. The sour was offputing and unexpected. Seemed to mellow as the beer sat over time. Felt good in the mouth, tongue tingled nicely from the carbonation, and a bit of chew. Start and finish definitely show potential, but the middle sour flavor was just too bizarre to rate higher overall.
06-30-2012 00:28:32 | More by mountdew1
2.55/5 rDev -25.2%
Poured into a Willis Glass.
Pours a hazy orange color with about 3 fingers of foam, even with a careful pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles evident. Head really stands up.
Faint aromas of citrusy hops with some grassy notes. Aromas are a little subdued for an american IPA, which could be due to age. But there is no bottling information on the bottle.
First sip is of a light grassy bitterness, with some faint grapefruit notes. It must be an old bottle. Also some faint flavors of hard candy, and a carbonic acid bite.
Mouthfeel is prickly, almost too gassy. Overcarbonated for my taste. The most noticable mouth sensation is the carbonic bite.
Drinkability is okay. The high carbonation doesn't suit it for a session beer, as it leaves you feeling bloated and with a full feeling.
10-28-2010 01:40:06 | More by JamnesCameron
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours auburn/reddish hue, lots of tiney carb rising. Beautiful. 1 finger slightly off-white head. Clear.
Aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, soap, floral
Taste is musty, sweet, hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, cleansing.
Overall, a decent brew. not-typical for the style but drinkable.
01-29-2011 03:08:30 | More by atigerlife
4.58/5 rDev +34.3%
Served this 1 pt. .9 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The first pour revealed a medium golden and clear body. There was a cream colored loose head which left a fine cap and significant sheets of lace. The second pour was cloudier and the hue turned a bit green (hops!) Foam stayed until the finish reminding me of a latte.
Smell was earthy and mild citrus. Fresh grains and clean hay. Loaded with aroma but the alcohol was well hidden.
Taste was pine and sweet grapefruit pith. Some Saaz spiciness too. Creamy and light bitter aftertaste. Pleasant linger of hops oils. Not scorching bitterness but lots of flavor. This one must be very fresh. Very drinkable, exceeded expectations.
Mouthfeel was zippy carbonation and a nice bitter bite. Medium bodied. I would search this one out again despite the high cost.
01-08-2010 21:43:58 | More by Cresant
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of floral hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.
T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus; a strong but not over-powering hop bitterness and a hearty malt character. While none of the flavors seem to stand out, they do seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are several other IPA's I would choose first, but this is still a solid beer overall.
11-09-2009 03:14:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from the bottle a clear copper-gold color with a huge rocky off-white head.
Aroma of pineapple, lemon, candy sugar, ginger, and a hint of mustiness.
The candy sugar and lemon appear upfront followed by mint and finally bready caramel malts. Nicely balanced. A bit of soapy bitterness in the finish.
Lighter bodied, clean and dry, with a light carbonation.
An easy drinking and enjoyable beer.
09-03-2009 19:25:46 | More by Monkeyknife
3.75/5 rDev +10%
Huge frothy head 3 fingers, gasses semi slowly with messy lacing over very hazy peach orange honey colored beer.
Nose brings some sweet almost nutty malts, light spices like, light fruits and fruity hops, light grassy hops too, and touch off citrus.
Taste starts with a clean malty ale, a light toasty malt and thinning feel like rice, plenty of fruit mostly from the hops, very light citrus hops, little floral, some light flowery taste, bit of bitterness, touch of sweetness, almost gritty malty, finishes a bitty more bitter and fairly dry, little spicy hop kick at the finish, lingering fruits and light malts, touch of an earthy hop touch as well. Most if thehop flavors seem to come through on the finish. Late on the finish it starts to have a Brett like dry funky finish, which adds some bonus points.
Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, tons of carbonation.
Overall not bad, pretty light overall, the hop flavors come on more on the finish, the malts are mostly ok but have a slight thinning like rice which isn't bad just different, crisp and drinkable.
06-10-2011 02:18:12 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
Huge head that recedes slowly with a solid frothy dome. Takes a while to dissipate. Too much really. The liquid is golden amber color with a chill haze. It leaves some chunky lace on the glass.
Mild alcohol and hop aroma. Low pale malt smell.
Starts with a yeasty malt flavor, but quickly yields to the hop bitterness, but it is mild for an IPA. Full bodied and highly carbonated, which seems to work.
07-22-2012 22:42:36 | More by smcolw
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a rather large white head.
S: Not terribly fragrant. Some mild floral and citrus hop notes, maybe some grass as well. Pale malts and a light bready note, but lots of apple skins in there, strangely enough.
T: Most of the flavor is the pale malt and bread. A touch of an herbal hop flavor, maybe some grass, too. Like with the nose, big time apple skins. Minimal bitterness and not all that much flavor.
M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.
O: Could be an old bottle due to import, but this was not impressive.
06-02-2011 21:58:34 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +17.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy, almost murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A somewhat different aroma than what I expected, with a lot of malt overtaking the hops.
T: Tasted of malt, hops, a little citrus, a breadlike quality and slight graininess. Much maltier than most American IPAs. The flavor of this beer has more in common with an English IPA.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: An interesting take on the American IPA (even though it probably shouldn't be classified as such). A drinkable beer.
06-07-2011 12:17:45 | More by avalon07
1.1/5 rDev -67.7%
Not sure what part of Japan this beer was made from, but likely near the site of the compromised Fukusma reactor. Found this on my local managers special table for pick a six. I can see why. This was the worst beer I have ever tasted. I had to spit it out and get a Coors light. I cannot explain the characteristics. It was not good. I hope this batch was just bad. It retailed at $7 for 16.9 oz. I got it for half price. The bottle was just bad.
12-21-2012 20:50:17 | More by mcav
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
On tap at Beer Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo.
Light coloured ale with a small head. Well balanced with a good hop presence, but doesn't live up to its 'tripelhop' nomer. Great mouthfeel for this style of beer, with a smooth bready aftertaste that makes this very drinkable. A good start to the evening.
11-20-2006 18:53:55 | More by crwills
2.83/5 rDev -17%
Pours a dirty, muddied orange colour, quite cloudy. Head is a lovely colour with great texture. Bit over-generous but sinks steadily, leaving nice rivulets of crusty lace around the glass. If it's meant to be sedimenty, we've got a badass beer over here (blind tasting, full disclosure).
Smells extremely fruity. Peachy and apricot, quite like aromatic malt. Slight funky earth, little bit dank and bitter underneath. But overall smells fairly simple, fruity with a touch of tang. Nice, but screaming out for more grunt.
Taste is similarly fruity, with a real candied edge to it. Peach, apricot and orange peel on there that ultimately gets sweeter and then disappears, leaving a disappointing, short palate, with aromatic fruit esters and little else in the way of body or complexities. Maybe slight rank flavour late-mid, but it could just be the disappearing of fruit into watery nothingness. Quite meh.
Decent presence in the mouth really, at least upfront. Dries up quickly and leaves no remembrance of what was there by the end.
Disappointing, really. Flavours are decent but it does nothing with them, like giving really excellently-crafted nunchukus to a ninja with no arms.
04-07-2013 11:24:15 | More by laituegonflable
Isekadoya Triple Hop from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.