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Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale - Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery

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Ise Kadoya Genmai AleIse Kadoya Genmai Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown ale brewed with brown rice.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2009)
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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this free in a leftover from the Beervana last summer.

A: Started to erupt slowly as I opened it, being about 6+ months old that's not a good sign. It has a bleached white fluffy 1 finger head that retains very well as billions of bubbles rise up. It has a toasty orange color that is very clear.

N: Oh yeah, infection! I can smell the sour fruit and funk. Aside from the sour fruit and funk, I get some toasted malts, lightly sweet malts, rice, and perhaps a hint of hops.

T: Again trying to ignore the soured funky contamination which is lighter on the taste than it was on the nose. Spicy, like a nicely spiced summer wit! It's got a wheat like taste, with lots of light toasty malts, rice, definite rice (almost has a sake like taste). Light hints of spicy hops. Pretty light otherwise.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Very dry, as expected, but also somewhat bitter. Interesting. It has a nice spicy hopped bitter finish (ignoring the soured funky tangy infection). Some toasty malt flavors also linger, like toasted bread. An earthy hop character lingers as well this one really long.

jlindros, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sleek half-litre brown bottle, the only English indication of the beer style held within a small mailing label, which lends an air of the exotic, given that I can't read Japanese.

This beer pours a hazy medium copper hue, with three fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of steamed wild rice, a bit vegetal, with some funky weediness. The taste is toasted rice husk, an earthy mustiness, and mild weedy hops. The carbonation is soft, the body medium weight, and it finishes a bit off-dry, musty and herbal.

Definitely something new for me, and hard to compare to anything else I've had, except for maybe sake. Not bad, at least a good example of using rice in the beer-making process.

biboergosum, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in an elegent tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, quick splash of off-white head.

Something comes off as tart and sharp at first in the aroma but quickly subsides as toasted notes replace it and remain predominant. Toasty, husky grains in the background.

Grainy, leathery, toasted malt, toasted rice/popcorn flavour in the middle, bitter leafy herbal hops on finish along with astringent tannins.

Light slick watery mouthfeel, low carbonation with a higher zip on the finish.

Curious experiment, and I'm a big fan of genmaicha tea, however it doesn't seem to gel together within this ale, far more dischord than harmony with all the seperate elements, and as a result it affects the overall experience.

IronDjinn, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at State Line liquors in Elkton, MD. poured chilled into a tulip.

A - Dark golden/pale shade w/ neverending thick white cap. The bead is fine + retention is lasting. The beer has translucent clarity

S - Smell is of grain but toasted rice in particular, like soba buckwheat tea w/ a mild pale malt and hop aroma in the background

M - A nice crisp bitterness alongside toasted rice feel w/ clean dry finish. A mellow alcohol and moderately seltzer like carbonation

T - While the nose and feel are both very good, some of the brown rice and beer flavor gets lost with the high carbonation level. It has a mild toasted rice taste and slight bitterness but it is pretty mild tasting IMO w/ light malt flavors and generally standard hops to balance w/ dry clean flavors overall

D - A refreshing and fresh tasting beer w/ subtle taste of rice, fits the style ok, I would probably choose this for a warm day or paired w/ duck or fatty fish like salmon.

Slatetank, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass."

--Japanese proverb

Ripe apricot orange with honeybee colored highlights. The pour produced half a glass full of foam that is lightly toasted marshmallow in hue. It's pretty sticky too and is decorating all available surfaces in fine fashion.

The nose is interesting in that this brew smells like a brown ale. I've never run across a beer this light in color that smelled this dark (relatively speaking). Mild cocoa notes and musky hops dominate. Maybe it's the roasted brown rice.

Genmai is a type of brown rice that becomes something called arare when it's roasted. That isn't a typical ingredient in beer, but then Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten isn't Sierra Nevada or Goose Island. In any case, it isn't that wild and crazy... and it works very well.

The flavor profile is strikingly similar to the flavor profile of a well-brewed American brown ale. It makes sense that roasting rice would be similar to roasting barley since they're both grains. Other than cocoa powder, we have roasted coffee beans, musky-earthy hops and a nonspecific fruitiness from the ale yeast.

The mouthfeel is fine and dandy for a 5.1% ABV. Actually, the silky creaminess and near perfect carbonation is tempting me to pull the trigger on the next highest score.

Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale is both delicious and interesting... but it isn't an English pale ale. It's a true original from the Land of the Rising Sun. A purchase price of $8.39 is pretty steep, but I love it when out-of-the-box ingredients result in good, drinkable beer.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of sdderek
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm really digging this unique beer. The label says it's "brewed with water, malted barley, brown rice, & hops". It's got a good taste to it and I must say that I'm impressed!

A - It's pretty cloudy, and a head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - I can't quite place the smell...but I do know it's inviting!

T - Such a unique taste...but maybe that's because I've been drinking too many double IPA's lately! :) I like it!

M - The beer definitely lays heavy in your mouth and maybe that's why it feels a little over-carbonated.

D - Not bad at all. I'lll drink it again.

sdderek, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. no date or batch code found. tasted in late may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

golden copper w amber tint. clear on first pours (sediment decanted). 1-finger off-white head, fades to constant thin layer. splotchy lacing, sparse at first, then some better rings later.

aroma: hint of skunk upfront. disappates quickly. very subtle english pale ale aromas, w toasted malt and apple esters, but faint. brown rice comes in at the back, very earthy and nutty.

taste: brown rice explodes on palate tho. subtle pale ale profile is backbone, with mild to moderate english hop bitterness to balance, but focus is on the nutty brown rice, i think. still a trace of skunkiness though.

light to medium body, very smooth with touch of acidity and astringency. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly but helps w body and smoothness.

NOTE: i tasted samples of this when the brewer (a nice guy, but barely spoke any english) visited julios (along with baird) in late april 2009, during the craft brewers conference in boston. it was only just being imported for the first time by the sheltons, and was a very uniquely flavorful ale at the time, with none of the apparent skunk from the bottle reviewed above. the brown rice character was stronger then too. i even got this one direct from the case, just to make sure.

further, i tried another bottle a week or so later, also direct from the case: same skunkiness. also, the brown rice flavor had faded drastically.

maybe this just needs to be consumed fresh? i don't know how the skunkiness got in there though.

anyway, the scores are partially adjusted to reflect how pleasantly intrigued i was when i first sampled it back in april 2009.

tai4ji2x, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of sessycuban
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a copper color. Very tight head.

S - This beer smells exactly like mugicha. I really think this is the best way to describe the smell.

T - The genmai flavor is very pronounced. Brown rice, sweet bread, toasted grains.

M - Medium bodied. A bit acrid.

D - Honestly, since I think it smells and tastes like mugicha, I'd rather just have mugicha. With that said, I'm glad I tried it and encourage others to do so as well. The Shelton Bros. are bringing some very interesting Japanese beers into their portfolio.

sessycuban, May 31, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy brown with an orange hue. Thinner creme head. Flavor is a bit tangy really. Not precisely balanced. Lots of caramel here as well. Did I say a lot? Seems to be a bit of a hoppy bite on the backside. Lots of malt here as well. Feel is boisterous on carbonation and the liquid is a bit thicker. Overall this is okay. Kind of out of balance and too loud in certain places. Decent enough. I guess.

RblWthACoz, May 22, 2009
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Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
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