Kirin Toretate Hop | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Toretate HopKirin Toretate Hop

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Naerhu on 10-27-2005

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of monkist
2.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.27/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rickus
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of SD0430
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Waltherpk380
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of samparkique4
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can smuggled in country by my sister in law, thanks Terry!
Pours a deep clear golden color with a nice bubbly bone white head that slowly recedes after sticking some lace. The aroma is very weak. Faint grain with sweet malt and floral hop and skunk. Taste is sweet and grainy with a hint of spicy earthy hops. Light honey and green apple flavors in there as well. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. This one is actually not to bad. A bit thin and lacking pizazz but I actually tasted hops for a second there and that can't be a bad thing.

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Photo of shigg85
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of shivtim
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I believe the full name of this beer is Ichiban Shibori Toretate Hop ("ichiban shibori" refers to the brewing method).

I found a can of the 2011 vintage, which uses hops harvested from Tohoku. From what I can find online, it was brewed at the Sendai brewery. Apparently this is the first batch of beer brewed in Sendai after the earthquake/tsunami.

Poured from the can, it's a clear yellow color, with a foamy short-lived white head.

Nose is corn, rice, metal... typical Japanese canned lager.

Taste is OK... the hops come through just a bit, with a hint of sweet stickyness, but it's mostly more adjunct flavor. Lots of rice/grain malty taste.

Overall this was a dud. Don't let the hoppy appearance of the can fool you.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A name guaranteed to appeal to any craft beer lover -- "fresh hop" -- but I suppose as one might expect, it fails to really live up to the name.

A very pale straw color, with a big but short-lived head. Smell is not particularly noteworthy.

The taste is very weak and watery -- far more so than Kirin's "normal" beer. Despite the name, there's no obvious hop taste, and if anything, it seems less bitter (than their flagship)! Where are those hops...?!

The one interesting thing about the flavor is a sort of subtle fruitiness that isn't typical for Japanese macros, but it's short-lived on the edges of the tongue, quickly replaced by a watered-down sensation.

Mouthfeel is decent, crisp, a very slight thickness.

A disappointment, but a nice name, and an attractive label... :/

(note -- this beer seems to be mis-categorized, as the can says "100% malt")

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Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition

Appearance: Clear, pale straw yellow beer with a foamy white head.

Smell: Crisp, butter and pine aroma with hints of citrus.

Taste: Nice and crisp malt flavor paves way for the hops. Good use of fresh hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Clean.

Drinkablity: A step up for Kirin. Not overly hopped, but a good increase from regular Kirin.

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Photo of Healfdene
2.41/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Smells like wet dog. Tastes...a little like wet dog. Little bit of laundry soap going on there. Slightly more bitter and hoppier than the normal Japanese rice lager, but not necessarily in a good way. Medium yellow hue, strong carbonation as-per-usual. I always "Oooh" when I see a new beer with hops on the label at the 7-11, but I am always, always let down. When will I learn?

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Photo of Naerhu
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently all of the hops used in this beer are from Iwate Prefecture, here in Japan.

Big white head on a deeply yellow body with carbonation visable.
Light leafy aroma over the standard rice lager aroma.
Tastes like any rice lager with a pronounced dryness and bitterness. Having an extremely short finish (called, "Kire") is a very highly prized aspect of Japanese macro beer, but leafy hop flavors "ruins" the kire.
Like all rice lagers, a bit too overcarbonated, but not too bad.
Definately not my cup of tea. I mean beer. I am going to go wash my mouth out with some Jever.

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Photo of thesilverhand
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw yellow, with a weak, foamy white head that didn't last long before dissipating almost completely. Lacklustre.

Mild maltiness, slightly grainy. Very little aroma, actually.

Certainly more bitter than a typical Japanese macro lager. There is little to no hop flavour or aroma, though, so I'm (not surprisingly) unconvinced by of the can's assertion that it's a "pleasing harmony of fresh-picked hops and first wort." First wort? WTF? Are they suggesting they reuse dregs from the wort of this beer to make a "second wort?" So this is the extra-virgin olive oil of the Kirin family?

But I digress. Back to the beer. It's actually not terrible. The additional bitterness balances what would otherwise be a typically sweet Japanese lager, and makes it quite pleasantly drinkable. It's a bit overcarbonated, and quite dry in the finish.

Honestly, it's not bad, for what it is -- a pale lager offering from one of Japan's largest macro brewers. That said, I doubt I'll be rushing out to get another any time soon.

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Kirin Toretate Hop from Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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