Yona Yona Ale | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Japan
yonasato.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,142
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
174
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
8
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33
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Photo of biiru_ojisan
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a white head with a mix of smoothness and rockyness. The color is a mostly clear pale amber color. The lacing gets bored after a few seconds and slumps to the bottom of the glass.

The nose is citrus and floral with a noticable fruity sweetness, like a cheap jam. A bit biscuity.

Tastes buiscuity. Floral and citris hop notes are present as well. The front end is loaded pretty heavilly with malt sweetness, which has a cheap jam note too it (maybe apricot) that gives way to a pleasant woodsy bitterness. The bitterness would invite further sipping in a superior pale ale, but is a bit wasted here.

The mouthfeel is a little bit aqueous. The carbonation is a bit weak.

This is another Yo-Ho beer that I've spent time with in the past, whose stateside pricetag does not justify a purchase. The more I drink it, the more coying the sweetness in this beer gets. Definetly recomend going for a more fairly priced domestic APA over this brew.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Karuizawa Nagano Yona Yona Ale
350 ml can of 5.5 % Pale Ale in Gora, Japan.
Pours with a clear amber body that has excellent clarity. It’s topped by a large and durable bone colored head.
Very fruity, floral and lightly spicy aroma.
Flavor: soft ripe fruits with negligible citrus and subtle spicy hops. Distinct and appealing.
Medium body and near medium carbonation.
Overall: a flavorful and unusual pale ale that sticks to style yet is notably distinct.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer tastes like a very common people pleaser APA mixed with lemon zest. The lemon addition is very complementary to the beer. It is not sour or sweet, just naturally there. Easy to drink.

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. A creamy, foamy, and billowy head with remarkable retention. The head left lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 6, a deep gold color with hues of orange. A hazy beer gives the beer minimal clarity.

Interesting first aroma of the beer, it has caramel, floral, grapefruit, bready, crackers, and yeast. Additional aromas are earth, pine, a honey-like sweetness, and tropical notes.

A disappointed hop profile of pine, tropical, floral esters, and grapefruit. Furthermore, flavors are honey, caramel, crackers, bread, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, stale, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium, a medium-plus carbonation, and the finish is medium.

I am sad this beer is not fresh, the hops have gone stale. I guess getting this beer from Japan has gone through the wringer. Almost everything about the beer has unique qualities. I never tasted that extent of caramel in a pale ale.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JMikeWBuckley
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

350ml Can from Lawson's Station, Kyoto (¥242):
This one was a fairly decent beer from Yo-Ho but definitely one that I felt could have used being a little stronger & more pronounced, particularly with the nose. It was leaning towards the sweeter side of things but I enjoyed the malt bitterness & earthy hops that did feature, coupled well with some floral flavours further on. It was an easy one to drink & one to try if you're in Japan but it's not really anything out of the ordinary I'm afraid.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of thebooyakid
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rpopescu
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ive been getting really into esoteric foreign craft stuff, and some of what is happening in asia right now is really fascinating me. this is a neat pale ale from a brewery i am starting to see around in colorado a little bit, but i fear i may not have gotten the freshest can of this. the nose indicates a little staleness to me right away. i cant fault a low alcohol pale ale that has come here from japan tasting a little beat up, but i bet this is fantastic closer to the source. it has a nice malt backbone, a little caramel and warmth to it, definitely barley primarily, but not bland like a lot of american maltier pales. the hops are sort of piney and bitter, but understated, this is definitely not flirting the ipa line like its so popular to do now in the states. this doesnt even really smell or taste dry hopped to me. whats interesting is the yeast, which really is the element in all these foreign craft beers that interests me most. this is sort of english, its far from flavorless, bready and creamy for a flash, really working hard to dry this out and bubble it up, and its highly successful. thats my takeaway from this, is that the yeast is cool and i wish it were a little fresher. maybe someday i will visit the brewery and experience it in all its intended glory...

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Photo of uuoo33
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monkist
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good pale ale, although classified as an American, I think it is made with either (some) English hops (as well), for having quite flowery and herbal flavor and aroma (along with some fruitiness) and a rounder, slightly heavier malt presence (than I would expect from an APA). A pleasant, very well made beer after all, enjoyed it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tokyo, 2017

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 174 ratings