Ozeno Yukidoke IPA | Ryujin Shuzo Co,. Ltd.

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Ozeno Yukidoke IPAOzeno Yukidoke IPA

Brewed by:
Ryujin Shuzo Co,. Ltd.

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MrMcGibblets on 05-09-2008

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by Klym:
Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has become a ritual for me to try anything from Japan that hits my local store and, well, here this was. It's become an expensive and not very rewarding hobby, but I'm always secretly hoping that it will payoff with a big surprise.

This beer looked great on the pour, though I was skeptical about its carbonation initially so I started pouring more violently and got a very respectable head. Ultimately, this beer is a little unusual for an IPA. It almost has a rice-lager esque background to it upon which bitter hops sit, though besides bitterness the hops are pretty bland. This creates a flavor profile that is one-dimensional, but also somehow rather satisfying. It reminds me, strangely, of something like pickles: pickles aren't packed with layers of flavor and notes, but they have a pretty straight forward flavor that makes you reach for one after another-- assuming you like pickles, of course.

Worth a shot if you're curious but I'm going to continue my search.

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Photo of SkiBum22
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of SirBentham
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: It's a bit hazy, pale yellow color. Nice white foam.
S: Lemon citrus hops and a little bit of yeast
T: Lemon citrus goes along with balanced hops and malt.
M: It's light- to medium-bodied Very crisp with a solid amount of carbonation.
O: This one is a bit smoother and more crisp than most American IPAs. I find it to be incredibly balanced. I think this is one of the more underrated IPAs out there right now. It's not cheap, but I recommend it.

served in a bottle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and grassy hops, orange and light lemon citrus, lightly floral. Flavor is mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and lemon citrus with some estery fresh orange flavors, a hint of honey sweetness; finishes with resinous piney and citrus hops and a little more lingering estery fruit. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very nice, hoppy IPA. The malt and base hops are very much an American profile, with a little grassiness from noble style hops. The light estery fruit flavors really add a pleasant not to this and enhance the hop bitterness in the finish. Really quite enjoyable and a bit of a surprise, considering how much traveling this did to get here. I'm impressed and look forward to trying other ales from this brewery.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a three finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lemon citrus and a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chalky on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The hops lend a lot of crispness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer isn't as hoppy and bitter compared to other American IPAs, but it's nice to drink and has some interesting flavors.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Beer tasting notes from 6/8/13; had a bottle at Bond Street in NYC and it paired perfectly with the sushi and pours cloudy orange color with a 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of orange peel, clementine, grapefruit, flowers, floral hops, sweet malt, coriander and brown sugar; really soft citrus aroma which smells like an orange or tangerine ripping open a few inches from your face.

Tastes like it smells, with orange peel, clementine, orange peel, flowers, pineapple, floral hops, sweet malt, coriander, light grains, cinnamon, sour apple and brown sugar; the bitterness is like a grapefruit and quite tart and sharp, leaving a pucker.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, like a buttery creamsickle that melted and slides down effortlessly with zero resistance besides the bitter hoppy finish; chewy medium body that has some texture, but it was really impressive since my expectations were low and it was perfect in it's overall feel.

Overall it was a really good IPA and one that took me completely by surprise; this was flavorful, had a great feel, tremendous lacing and everything a good IPA should have. It was exceptionally smooth and easy to drink and one to seek out.

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Photo of wlynch
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy (almost cloudy) medium golden yellow to orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a four+ finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized two finger thick patch with a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer starts out with some moderate to strong aromas of lemon/citrus hops and some lighter aromas of bready malts.There are also some more subtle notes of pine/resin hops. As the beer warms, a strong aroma of yeast becomes apparent and starts to dominate the overall smell.

T: The beer starts out with the flavor of bready malts with some fairly strong flavors of yeast (that yeast flavor has been increasing as the beer warms). There are moderate flavors of lemon/citrus hops with lighter amounts of pine/resin hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but not the easiest to drink beer - the yeasty flavors in the American IPA style are a little awkward. Glad that I tried this beer and would definitely consider sampling other beers from the brewery - I discovered this one at a Japanese market and bought it on a whim.

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Photo of modok
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the excellent Tanakaya liquor store in Mejiro (very nice selection of pretty much everything). 330ml bottle.

A: Slightly light golden color (a little haze) with a smooth white head

S: Nice IPA (citris + floral) smell if not a little light.

M: very light feeling. A definite softness to it.

T: Good mix of bitterness and sweetness (well-balanced), but a little weaker than I am used to. Nonetheless, I could enjoy this beer all day long. Especially in warmer weather. If you feel like heavy hop bombs this is not for you, but when you still want an IPA taste without the American ("I will kill you with hoppy bitterness" <--- I like this type of death normally) hoppiness then this beer is for you.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at an amazing sushi restaurant in Atlanta. The place had a selection of hard to find Japanese craft beers, and this one caught my eye. It is a clear gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is floral, and the taste was, although clearly hoppy, very subtle. Sweeter, more flowey, and delicate than most IPA's, this was still notably flavorful and good.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recommended by our server. not sure about the availability. on-tap at club popeye. this reminded me very much of a smuttynose or avery ipa. pours a hazy yellow gold to light amber with a nice creamy white head. aromas of citrus, pine, and honeyed fresh bread. taste follows suit with a good balance between the light malt sweetness and smooth moderate bitterness. nice soft, creamy mouthfeel with and a pleasant finish. very sessionable. i'd buy this were it available stateside.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slighly cloudy yellow orange

S-Hop dominated, using a variety of hops which is very resiny, with some funky notes as well

T-Similar to the smell, certainly bitter but on the light side of IPA perhaps, still getting that deep resin taste. Also notably its super dry leaving the palate clean, which surprised me.

M-Lighter and perhaps fluffier than I would have expected, but in a good way

D- This was an interesting IPA, which surprised me a little after drinking so many citrus bombs. Seemed to me like a delicate, softer IPA, I would drink another and recommend it to those who maybe are turned off by ruination type IPAs

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Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Ozeno Yukidoke IPA from Ryujin Shuzo Co,. Ltd.
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