Hapa Beer
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Japanese Rice
ABV:
5%
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Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
5
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

made special for hapa sushi. pours a hazy pale yellow color with some white fluff on top. smells a bit like hefe yeast, and some unique grains, which i can only assume is the rice. flavor is surprisingly good, some hops in there for balance, slightly fruity from the yeast, and with a very refreshing briskness to it. pairs amazingly well with raw fish. feel is nice, light and drinkable, well carbonated, which again is nice with the sushi. overall a cool beer, personally i think its better than the samurai rice beer. definitely far superior to the sapporos and the kirins of the sushi culinary domain!

May 04, 2012
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OttoBomb from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 16 oz. conical pint glass at Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar (April 21, 2010).

This was served at Hapa's Cherry Creek location. The drink menu stated that this was a Japanese rice beer brewed specifically for Hapa by Great Divide Brewing. I'll also note that this is an entirely different beer than the other "Hapa Beer" brewed by Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery.

Eyes: Pours a clear light golden color typical of a lighter macro brew. A thin layer of white head dissipates rather quickly. Not too much to see here.

Nose: I take a good inhale and...Hops! A rich aroma of grassy floral hops. Certainly not what I was expecting from a rice beer.

Tongue: Clean and near maltless, but there is a nice hop profile similar to a American Pale Ale. The hops are floral, a bit grassy and quite flavorful. Not overpowering, but enough to make a statement.

Mouth: Crisp, smooth, and a nice finish. Carbonation is just right.

Libation: For me, a nice refreshing hoppy lager is about as good a pairing you can get with sushi. As a fan of good sushi and good beer, I'll be back here the next time I'm in Denver.

As a style, rice lagers tend to be relegated to a secondary status. I'm pleased someone decided to try something interesting with one.

May 01, 2010
Hapa Beer from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 5 ratings