AfPA (Africa Pale Ale) | Tamamura Honten

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Tamamura Honten

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pettis on 07-08-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of John_Henry
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a little head that soon subsides. Clear and slightly yellow in colour.

S: Smells pretty good nice Hop aroma, not to heavy but very pleasant.

T: Up front forward hops with very little bitterness in the finish, quite interesting. Not too bitter at 50 IBU and easy going at 5%. Also some malt coming threw.

M: Not at all bad, a little bite from the fine bubbles, neither here nor there really.

O: I like this, maybe my favourite Tamamura Honten so far. Interesting use of the hops, there not being much residual bitterness. I'll definitely come back to it, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of stomioka
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amano_h
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Shiga Kogen snifter.

An explosion of pink grapefruit, lemon rinds captivates the nose, accompanied by some soothing floral notes and a hint of grainy biscuit. The nose reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but if it were on crack; everything that you know and love about Cascade is alive and kicking in the aroma of the brew, as if to say provide a textbook example of how to emphasize the characteristics of the hops itself. And the craziest part? This beer was brewed in JAPAN, not America.

Refreshing lemon drop is the first impression of the palate, which is quickly followed by its accomplice, grapefruit rinds. A hint of grainy pale malts balances out the bitterness from the grapefruit-like sensation, but the obstinate bitterness kind of sticks with you until the end. A hint of spice and some earthiness also joins the fray once the brew approaches room temperature, but this brew is pretty straight forward on the palate for the most part.

Medium-light body, teetering more towards being light; crisp, refreshing mouthfeel, with a spritzy consistency from start to finish. Medium carbonation with a pleasant dry finish.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to Tamamura Honten's website, the name of this beer is not meant to reflect the presence of any African ingredients; rather, it's meant to suggest an IPA-like beer that couldn't quite muster the strength to make it to India and pulled into harbor somewhere in Africa instead. It is, they suggest, a kind of "younger brother" to an IPA--brightly hopped at 50 IBU, but lighter in body and ABV at 5%.

Pours a golden yellow with a bright white head, medium-strong carbonation. Nose is very floral (my senses aren't discerning enough, but I'm sure a more experienced taster could pick out certain flowers here) with hints of grapefruit in the background.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and light, and the beer offers a nice hoppy bite with the grapefruit coming through again in the aftertaste. I can sense the pale malt in the background, but it is generally outdone by the fruity and floral hop flavors. Crisp, clean, hoppy, and very smooth-drinking.

I chose to classify this as an American Pale Ale primarily because it reminded me so much of Daisy Cutter, which should do much to recommend it to any beer drinker familiar with that brew. An excellent beer that can satisfy a hop craving without being too heavy or strong for regularly hot and humid summer days in Japan.

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AfPA (Africa Pale Ale) from Tamamura Honten
3.89 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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