Minoh W-IPA | A.J.I. Beer Inc

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Minoh W-IPAMinoh W-IPA
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Minoh W-IPAMinoh W-IPA

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A.J.I. Beer Inc

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of flyingpig
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Yamaya Nagahoribashi, Osaka (¥410):
This one was an excellent & highly enjoyable double IPA that grabbed my attention almost immediately thanks to the strong hops & resinous pine notes that greeted me opening the bottle. There was a lot going on with this one thanks to a combination of tropical fruits balancing well with sweeter malts & citrus. The beer was fuller than expected & quite varied too with good carbonation & the alcohol content was hidden well too. Excellent stuff from the start & a beer that I'm every glad I managed to find, it was definitely the best beer I managed to try on my trip to Japan & probably the best from the country that I've ever tried; a must try if you can find.

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Photo of monkist
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GrumD
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a nice size head and quite dark for a DIPA. The smell is intoxicating, with a great balance of citrus and malt. The flavour builds and you are left with a bitter finish but it is full bodied and well balanced by the malty sweetness. There is also sourness, which lifts this beer up a notch. The finish is long-lasting and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Craftman in Kyoto.
Dark, clear hay yellow. It smells excellent. Welcome American hops. Lots of citrus.
It tastes hugely and unexpectedly sweet. And then incredibly and overwhelmingly bitter. A DIPA in two movements.
Really nice. Highly recommended.

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Photo of esrubyg
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Minoh Beer by far, and the best IPA available in Japan (spent 4 months there trying all major breweries in Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe, Nara, Nagoya, and Fukuoka)

Also, their brewery, though somewhat hard to access, is a MUST visit! Super friendly staff and a great tasting room.

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Photo of edkorganisation
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pretty rare beer in terms of getting one, most likely you'll get a hold of it in Osaka.
I really enjoy it's strong smell and taste, although that said taste doesn't last as long as you'd expect it to... Otherwise it's a very worthy one, be sure to pay a visit to brewery if you'll get a chance!

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Photo of Torifarbisz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Pohlcat
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Norseman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of potion
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - dark walnut color, frothy bone-colored head, and medium amount of lacing.

s - pungent hops at first pour, piney and some grapefruit. hops quickly dissipate, leaving only sweet caramel malts.

t - medium/weak amount of hops, only pine shines through and no grapefruit detectable. sweet malts gave a good body though.

m - medium carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, pretty high bitterness.

o - the label mentions a heavy amount of cascade hops so the lack of flavor and complexity in hops was pretty disappointing. the caramel malt makes up for this but even moreso is the fact that it hides its 9% abv very well making it very drinkable. haven't had many double IPAs from japan, but have had some lackluster IPAs and pale ales and this one didn't disappoint compared to them.

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Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark amber ruby with tight off white head.

The aroma has lots of orange, citrus, pine, sweetness, earthiness. Very American DIPA.

The flavor follows with a big amount of pine bitterness, a bit of caramel sweetness in the middle. Lots of sweetness, then tons of earthy pine. There's a bit of booziness in the back.

This definitely reminds me of those really big DIPAs that the US has to offer like Hercules or Maharaja. Quite a good brew.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pettis
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a hand-pump at Transit Craft Beer and Whisky Bar in Tokyo. Dark amber with thin white lacing. A nice bouquet of resinous hops emerges, growing stronger as the beer warms.

Even when served from a bottle this beer is a bit thin in the mouth, and this sensation is amplified in the cask version. While almost watery thin, it serves as a nice vehicle for the hops and brings out a sort of "juicy" quality in them. Well balanced, with the malt base keeping the hops in check.

As should be evident from my ratings, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts. While a bit watery, it's a very enjoyable pint and far too easy-drinking for something at 9% abv. Probably not worth paying a premium for when served outside Japan, but within the country it is a solid IPA/DIPA offering for those looking to satisfy a hops craving.

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Photo of shigg85
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Small white head which left a bit of lacing around the edges, but not much. Cloudy appearance with a strange brown hue... not ugly, but mysterious. Beautiful bouquet of scents such as hops, caramel, and banana. Strong impact from the 9% ABV that warms the throat quickly. Sits well, too, without much excess gas although there is some. Overall, this is a great strong beer to go with a meaty dinner. Get one if you can!

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Photo of mcpwn
1.5/5  rDev -61%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of evlu1441
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked this one up for cheap the other day. It looked interesting, but I hope it's still good. 9% ABV.

It pours a VERY hazy, almost murky reddish amber colour. There is lots of sediment floating around, which I didn't expect! The head is minimal, but looks slightly creamy. I'd say the extreme murky-ness is slightly off-putting in my opinion.

The aroma is strong caramel malt and some faint spicy citrus. There is also some surprising yeasty character that is not very typical for an IIPA. I like it.

This is a very unusual tasting IIPA (I should have guessed from the appearance and sediment). It has quite low carbonation lending to a slightly watery mouthfeel. The flavour is quite sweet, with some rich biscuity malt flavour to start. Alcohol is quite noticeable throughout, and especially in the finish, but is subdued by some biting hops. It almost reminds me of a cross between An IPA and a Belgian quad or something.

Overall, this is an unusual beer. It's kind of grown on me since my first sip, but I'm not sure if I'd get it again. On that note, it was cheap, and probably one of the more interesting and surprising beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a murky swamp water colour, lots of floating sediment, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Very earthy with cedar and pine hops coming through off the top and a solid caramel malt backbone on the finish.

T - The earthy hops dominate and the bitterness is abundant and almost sour. A smokey, wooden caramel malt comes through on the finish and lingers alongside some sour citrus hops. ABV is well hidden, but I can honestly say that I'm a bit disappointed.

M - A tad thin and watery with a wet finish. Not the best given the style.

O - I wouldn't recommend this to any DIPA fan. It's poorly executed and not a good example of the style. It's by no means a drain pour, but it was rather disappointing.

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