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Isekadoya Triple Hop - Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
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Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 07-12-2006

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Photo of atigerlife
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Shadman
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says triple hop pale ale on the bottle, reviewing as an AIPA.

Has the look down. Hazy aprocot colour, huge head, great retention and tons of lacing.

Funky aroma. Fresh cut grass, some citrus, some pine, and a touch of sourness.

Interesting to say the least. Lot's going on, unfortunately none of it in balance. Three hops are citrus, pine and spicy, but all three want the same amount of attention ALL the time. Tastes like a hybrid Scottish herb beer and a Yank pale ale.

Kind of light and thin.

Like a science experiment gone just slight astray.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of chickencoop
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of prosper
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wknight167
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"If you understand everything, you must be misinformed."

--Japanese proverb

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!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of coyotlgw
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed as Specialty Beer, not American IPA

Very slightly malty, some sweet caramel, a little clove phenol, but surprisingly no aroma hops. Deep golden color, rather cloudy, very rich and creamy head with remarkable persistence. Strong malty start with balanced hops, grainy forward with little floral hop taste. Faint clove phenol and long bitter aftertaste. Slight astringency in sharp aftertaste and fizzy carbonation, medium body.

A different beer, seems like an IPA mixed with a Hefeweizen. Given the name, I expected far more aroma hops.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange coor with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a MASSIVE 3 finger frothy, soapy off-white head with good retention that slowy fades into a lasting ring, leaving chunks of soapy lacing throughout.

Citrus and floral hops dominate the aroma with a dry resinous hop oil presence as well as some citrus fruit and pine. Subtle spice and earthiness as well. Hints of orange and lemon peel along with some grapefruit notes.

Very carbonated mouthfell with a very dry bitter piney hop preence up front that slowly fades when countered by the strong malt backbone. The citrus notes from the aroma are barely detectabe making this beer kin of one dimensional. Dry piney hops that slowly fade into a sweet dry finish.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ise Kadoya, Ise, Japan, Triple Hop Ale

"Three kinds of hops which brew master in charge chose."

Clearish, amber hue, prodigious snowy white head, bilious, lacey.

Aroma, clean, citric zest, if minor...a trifle soapy. Would like to hear more from this side, alas.

Taste: tidy little hop blitz, keen blast on the palate, then fading back. Meager malt flavor, a touch of caramel, ...creamy mouthfeel, nicely textured. I'm liking this more and more. What seemed like an amber lager at first, now feels like a tasty pale ale, but less of a hop forward feast than the name and label imply.
Tastier and tastier, really, hops really coming through, citrus shining. Tropical fruit, too, some mango and apricot, to mix up with grapefruit and lemon/lime/orange.
Bitterness continues in the taste, fades to match malt.

Quite nice. I may not pay $8 for a bottle again, but I'm glad I got to try it.

Isekadoya Triple Hop from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.