Isekadoya Triple Hop - Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
4.15/5 rDev +21.7%
Geez, after reading a few of the recent reviews, I was prepping myself for a less than ideal beer. And all l can think is they musta got some old stuff or something. This one is pretty decent and true to style. Poured with gigantic, cream colored head that lasts a long time and a little lace. Color is a hazy, orange amber. Aroma is a nice hoppy, malty, and a bit yeasty beer. Flavor is like aroma. Body is good and so is carboantion. Good quaffing brew. Balanced. Nice easy finish of short to medium length that is like flavor. Session beer. Except for the crazy price.
07-01-2010 00:34:59 | More by drpimento
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
Had a glass of this at BeerBelly in Osaka. According to the BeerBelly staff, they used Cascade and Williamette hops.
A - A slightly hazy yellow body with a pure white head. Excellent lacing.
S - Big hoppy sweet citrus aroma.
T - Restrained bitterness, slightly sweet malts.
M - Extremely low carbonation, light body.
D - I imagine that this beer is all about dry hopping, considering its huge bouquet, but mild bitterness.
07-12-2006 03:40:45 | More by Naerhu
4.1/5 rDev +20.2%
big bold pour, frothy chunky head, very appealing. taste and mouthfeel were as adverstised, a big dry tangy/ citrusy hoppy smell/ taste. Once you get past the citrus, the mouthfeel carries the same flavors, and finishes tangy/ citrus. This is an interesting beer, quite nice considering the travel, I likened it to some mammoth juniper IPA, big bold floral taste. pick some up, very drinkable.
04-03-2010 05:08:45 | More by chickencoop
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec7 2009
A very cloudy golden peach with tonnes of bubbles popping up from everywhere. a thumbs worth of off white head that has pretty good retention and leaves lots of lace but all in patches
S biscuit, mild toffee with some mild citrus
T not far off the smell but it has a good balance of hops and malts, a little better then I expected. this one reminds me of an English IPA/bitter but from the label it's pretty safe to assume this one's brewed from the land of tea and crumpets
M medium bodied with decent carbonation and a bite that doesn't hurt its cause
D went down pretty fast so that says something and I must admit I rather liked this beer a pleasant surprise
I would like to know what hops the used for this beer but my Japanese is a little rusty and by rusty I mean non existent.
12-08-2009 06:26:32 | More by wordemupg
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
Lets see how a Japanese brewery tackles an IPA. This was purchased at Julios in Westboro. Very cool slender looking bottle. First I have to say that this is a beautiful looking brew. It is a glowing orange, with a large white heading that perfectly enveloped the top of my Duvel glass. Smells of damp earth and tangerine first come to mind in aromatics, followed by some ginger. First pull brings forth a very interesting, complex hop bitterness. These hops are very earth oriented, and leave the palate with a mint leaf flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with prickly hops dominating the malt, yet still not a hop bomb. Drinking this beer is way too easy. Wow, this is a standout IPA for me. It laps many of its American counterparts for the style. I will have to try the rest of the line from these guys. Cheers
05-08-2009 00:10:13 | More by jamie2dope
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
4/5 rDev +17.3%
16.9oz bottle (I think) poured into a pint glass
Pours clear golden with slight coppery hues, surprisingly large head that fades very slowly. Lacing looks clumpy and thick. Smell is spicy hoppy, a little honey and some sweet flowers, smells pretty good, but has some lager sour.
Taste is crisp and light, surprisingly malty for something called an IPA, but a pretty decent amount of hops. I might put this on the hoppy side of pale ales or the not-so-hoppy side of IPAs, but the taste is actually pretty good.
Mouthfeel is light and dry. Easy drinking beer, not that strong but interesting and crisp enough to drink a couple.
12-06-2010 04:31:39 | More by snaotheus
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Big thanks to Bryan for this bottle, which was high on my wants. After travelling around Japan a couple times I knew this one would be good!
The first pour is a rich, deep gold, with a clean white head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing on the glass and exhibits great retention. On top up the beer becomes cloudy and makes me think that this is unfiltered (I'm pretty sure its not bottle conditioned). Regardless, its a good looking beer.
At cooler temperatures the aroma is hard to interpret - there's certainly some leafiness and floral aspects to it, along with a distinct earthiness. As it warms, though, things really begin to open up. Freshly cut mango and pineapple strike me the most, and the whole creation has a tropical / citrus vibe going on that I'm really enjoying nosing.
The taste is kinda neat... almost like a saison / IPA hybrid. It does have a earthy spicy character, and a light dryness that reminds me of a saison. However, the hopping is all IPA, bringing citrus and pine into the mix. Its greener and leafier than the aroma suggests, and brings a bitterness that's on par with an IPA. Its certainly an interesting beer, and I'm intrigued which hops were used. I certainly feel that one is American (bringing the juicy citrus), one is British (bringing marmalade) and the other is continental Europe (bringing a spiciness). Its a nice mix and works well with the mouthfeel, which has a slightly prickly carbonation that heightens the bitterness.
A very good beer, and its travelled better than I expected on its journey from Japan to Calgary and on to Toronto. There's a lot going on here, and its not one of those beers that's easy to place in its own distinct style. There's some American nature to it, some British and some continental. A fusion beer made in Japan that works. Nice stuff guys!
05-03-2010 13:45:35 | More by bobsy
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
Like the other beers I've had from this brewery, this pours with a huge, runaway head. Amber in color for the beer, off-white for the head, which starts cratering after a few minutes. Smells of very floral hops, almost perfumed, along with some grassy, citrus and slight paraffin notes. Not bad. The taste has more of that paraffin, and a fairly intense floral hop flavor. Now, I don't mean intense like a West Coast IPA, with big citrus rind and pine, but a fairly concentrated floral center with some moderate bitterness. Different, and quite nice. Smooth, with a slightly waxy, but pleasant finish. I liked this beer.
08-01-2010 06:04:50 | More by Georgiabeer
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
This brew poured out as a nice looking golden copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing was nice and sticky on the glass. The smell of the beer was hoppy and full of citrusy pine notes. The taste had some nice undertones of caramel while the main flavor was the bitter hops doing what they do best. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a strong tingly sensation on the tongue. Overall I thought this was a pretty good brew from Japan, I was pleasantly surprised with it.
01-03-2012 21:38:29 | More by Knapp85
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
3.81/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance: nice deep amber body with a bone white two finger head; spotty lacing; almost ruddy brown on the second half of the bottle
Aroma: very nice aromatic nose; orange peel spice, a little summer stone fruit with a good touch of spring floral
Flavors: follows the nose, aromatic hops, floral, hint of lemon grass, undertone of stone fruit, light earthy yeast
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, light bitterness on the back and aftertaste, light earthy yeast lingers on the palate
To the Point: a tasty ale, sorry it’s not a hop bomb, I will buy a couple more on my next visit.
05-12-2013 19:04:44 | More by hackmann
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
3.73/5 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
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
3.65/5 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
3.63/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
"If you understand everything, you must be misinformed."
Shiny kumquat with a sand colored cap that filled 90% of the glass on the pour. The foam looks pretty good, though. More like a Belgian ale than the result of excessive carbonation from bottle-conditioning gone wrong. Large, soft divots form in the upper surface as small splotches of suds stick to the glass.
The Triple part of the beer's name refers to the use of three different hops, not to triple the amount of hops. One sniff makes that patently obvious. The nose, oddly enough, is more musky and spicy than hoppy. A 5.1% IPA? Let's just see about that.
Triple Hop is decent enough beer, though it's far from world-class. Too bad the hop bill isn't published because I'd love to know what three varieties are in use. A complete shot in the dark says... Cascade, East Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz. The flavor is an interesting combination of citrus fruity, spicy and grassy.
A lack of malt-derived flavor, a lack of background sweetness and a thinnish mouthfeel for the style suggest... a shortage of malt. Brilliant deduction, eh? While TH doesn't have an IPA-worthy ABV, it's hopped generously enough for the style. Bitterness is not in short supply and should satisfy most hopheads, despite the fact that the flavor profile is less than special.
The mouthfeel is closer to an APA in terms of size and has a generous amount of sparkly carbonation. Actually, it's more than sparkly, it's downright biting, with a not unwelcome tongue sizzle on contact. That isn't my preference, but it works.
Ise Kadoya Triple Hop is interesting beer that tastes and feels like a near equal mixture of American IPA and Czech pilsener. Compared to the other Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten beers that I've had so far, it's a little bit better than IPA and not as good as Genmai Ale. Kampai!
11-30-2009 13:35:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +5%
Apearance - Pours a hazy light copper with a 2 finger white head with respectable staying power and good lacing.
Nose- Citrus, pineapple and pine hops with sugary sweet toasted malt and an odd aroma I can only describe as dusty.
Palate- Piney, bitter finish that is short and clean. As for the rest, there seems to be a lack of a malt background to accentuate the hops and leaves this brew a little lackluster.
Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.
01-29-2010 21:15:53 | More by wknight167
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
Isekadoya Triple Hop from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.