Yona Yona Ale
Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Yona Yona AleYona Yona Ale
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From:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company
 
Japan
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #803
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,895
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
113
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 19, 2022
Added:
Jun 16, 2003
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  37
SCORE
86
Very Good
Yona Yona AleYona Yona Ale
Notes: Yona Yona ("every night" in Japanese) Ale is a medium bodied American Pale Ale brewed with a generous amount of premium Cascade hops. Its uniqueness have been attracting a popularity among Japan’s beer fans and made it into the most renowned craft beer in Japan.* Not only its full citrus flavor but also the balance of bitterness and sweetness will invite you to sip and indulge every night.

41 IBU
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Rated: 3.79 by Satsuma from Florida

Jun 19, 2022
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Rated by CaryLewis9961345 from Japan

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very good ale. So smooth and well put together, good for all beer drinkers out there.
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.39 by hopeatinlop from Japan

Aug 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.65 by RyanPollie from California

Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by carlborch from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a brilliant golden amber with moderate carbonation and a modest head that dissipates quickly. The nose is pleasantly sweet and biscuity with hints of citrus. Evident Belgian lace. Medium body with pleasant bitter notes and a nice lingering.
Oct 31, 2019
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Rated by Youcaviar

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Definitely love it. This is the best craft beer i’ve ever tried.
Oct 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Technohen from Japan

Jul 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Apr 15, 2019
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Reviewed by biiru_ojisan from Japan

2.06/5  rDev -45.8%
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.
Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by FlussigkeitMut from Indiana

Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.
May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Apr 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.
Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.
Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.65 by JMikeWBuckley from Japan

Nov 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by sansho from California

Oct 28, 2017
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.
Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.03 by cuvtcuv from Florida

Oct 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by thebooyakid from Hawaii

Sep 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by rpopescu from Netherlands

Jul 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by sjrider from California

Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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...
Jun 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.22 by MrMcGibblets from Illinois

Jun 07, 2017
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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.
May 14, 2017
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Rated by vfgccp from New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Tokyo, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.63 by untitledeuphoria from New York

Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Feb 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jan 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by Zond from Idaho

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.63 by nmwhitehead from New York

Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Nov 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by life_of_agony from Australia

Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.26 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Sep 03, 2016
Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 182 ratings