Yona Yona Ale
Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Yona Yona AleYona Yona Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,136
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,076
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
178
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Yo-Ho Brewing Company
 
Japan
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  37
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of carlborch
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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carlborch from Michigan, Oct 31, 2019
Photo of biiru_ojisan
2.06/5  rDev -45.9%
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 chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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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chinchill from South Carolina, May 07, 2018
Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Kgoldsbe from Colorado, Mar 04, 2018
Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Oct 12, 2017
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 monkist
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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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monkist from Hungary, May 14, 2017
Photo of D-Rock
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is now widely available in Japan, poured from a can into a tall flute glass.

Look: The beer pours a crystal clear deep coppery butter gold color. A thick white head of fine bubbles foams up to the top and very slowly settles down to a sheen across the beer surface and clings there. Mild lacing adorns the rim of the glass. A pretty inviting look.

Smell: Opens up fruity and buttery with overtones of banana, butterscotch, copper and bitter hop aroma. Oddly enough the scent seems to fade sharply after the initial pour.

Taste: Alternating between copper and buttery with a hoppy finish and mild bitterness.

Feel: The beer has a crisp feel with a slightly silky character. The mild bitterness causes some astringency on the tongue followed by low carbonation refreshment.

Overall: This beer is pretty easy to drink and is overall inoffensive. A good example of the style and a classic example of the Japanese skill at reproducing an ideal. Nothing out of place but not risky either.

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D-Rock from Japan, Oct 08, 2015
Photo of Shemmy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Agree to most of what others have posted already on this one. Another very nice Japanese ale along with the Hitachinos.

It is complex and heavy, yet the floral, citrus pick things up to make it refreshing enough for hotter climates and seasons.

This is the second time I have been drawn to picking it up over several other import beers available in Northeast Thailand, so something has to be going on for this beer.

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Shemmy from Thailand, Jun 24, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange, copper in color with a good bit of head. Plenty of lacing on the glass as you drink. Carbonation is moderate. Smells sweet and tangy with lemon and floral notes and a toasty backbone. Taste follows the nose pretty well; sweet up front with a sharp, spicy middle, finishing balanced with buttery malts and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but there is some creaminess. Overall I was quite surprised by this beer. It certainly doesn't have overwhelming flavor or complexity like other APA's, but it makes up for it with a solid, tasty profile that is dangerously drinkable. I'd love to have another.

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kflorence from California, May 09, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazed, almost opaque, orange-copper coloring with a low profile, foamy, off-white head. Plenty of sediment suspended in this one. Aromas of pineapple, mango, lemon, rich caramel, and subtle piney notes. Flavors are smooth and sweet forward, with the tropical fruit notes leading the way, heavy on the pineapple. Roasted caramel backbone, with only subtle bitterness to clean up the fruity sweet overall character. Very smooth and light in mouth, with a pineapple and melon aftertaste. Extremely drinkable, with a smooth, slightly cloying linger in the finish. Decent brew.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rustic caramel, cloudy, lots of carbonation, 4 fingers of beige head, honeycomb lacing.


S: Citrus, orange, caramel, spruce, grapefruit.


T: Pink bubblegum as in the kind that used to come with a cartoon not like hefeweizens, bitter on the finish with a sort of milky lactic quality. Some evergreen in the middle, mild sweetness.


M: Thick juice like body with little carbonation.


O: Interesting taste and amazing mouth feel, got this on Wishbeer, and drank it Jan 17th, 2015 in Kunming, China.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Jan 16, 2015
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4/5  rDev +5%

The label recommends drinking at 13 degrees. Screw that pretentious nonense, I like my beer cold. Has a pleasant aroma of pencil shavings and when I dirnk it I feel like a real hawaiian party animal. Women flock to me and hair grows where there was no hair. A good beer. Drink it.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Found the can at Max Value, Yomitan, Okinawa.

A - Pours a nice light orange, light shining clear and through, one finger of white head.
S - Light hops aroma. I have nothing creative to say here.
T - Sweet malts dance with light hop bitterness portraying a scene of light pine sap and vanilla.
M - Mouthfeel showcases a medium bodied ale punctuated by a gentle carbonation and slight stickiness.

Overall a very enjoyable APA. I'd say this is a good beer for most people. Recommend.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

The aroma has a nice citrus and pine hop character; there is some underlying caramel sweetness. The frothy, off-white head is long lasting; the copper/deep amber body is brilliantly clear. The upfront flavor is caramel-like sweetness; the bitterness is moderate; there is some orange and grapefruit from the citrusy hops. The body is medium-light with crisp carbonation.

Pleasantly balanced and drinkable, though not the best example of an American-style pale ale. The malt sweetness is especially prominent in the flavor, while the hop flavors are rather subdued. It really is quite tasty though.

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Photo of travelingrant
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What Yona-Yona Ale lacks in flavor it makes up for in ubiquity. Craft beer can be hard to come by in Japan, and having a brew like this show up regularly in grocery stores is a ray of hoppy sunshine in a swamp of Asahi Super Dry and Kirin Lager.

Yona-Yona has a nice floral hop nose, with a well balanced malt backbone. It is not the most flavorful Pale Ale, and to judge it by the standards of American Pale Ales and IPAs it is only a fair effort. But it is the hoppiest Japanese craft beer sold in my area, and that sort of thing is worth rewarding.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber body, choppy white head.

S: Floral hops.

T: Not brilliant, but not half bad. Bitter and snappy with some orange peel, floral hops, honey and tea leaves. Honey prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and about on point.

O: It's faux craft beer but great for something you can pick up at a convenience store in Japan so extra marks.

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Hoppsbabo from United Kingdom (England), Feb 03, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a dark orange color, and it's opaque. It has a big foamy off-white head with some lacing.

S. Nice citrus and hop scent.

T/M. It has a sensational orange taste. Some mild bitter hops. It's fruity and more on the dark fruit side. A hefty rye like taste in the finish. Smooth with a mild bite.

O. A unique, beautifully fruity blend.

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Amalak from New York, Jan 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in an amber color with a thin head.

The aroma has sweet citrus of orange, tangerine, melon, and sweet bready malts. Not aggressively pure citrus, but hints of floral notes and underlying hop aroma that is quite Japanese hopping.

The flavor follows with hoppy pale ale notes of citrus, then some middling sweet malt. Lots of grapefruit peel bitterness on the end.

A very competent hoppy pale ale. A good Japanese take on the style.

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dar482 from New York, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a thin white head that still has good retention and light lacing. Mild aroma of stone fruit and light bready malt. Flavor follows, with pleasant stone fruit and lemon, light citrus hops and bready malt. Light to medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A quite pleasant pale ale; light on hops, but makes up for it with a nice fruity, bready malt. Well balanced.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Aug 13, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After the expected shocker that is the macro-brewed Sapporo I thought it best to reset my buds with the micro-brewed Yona Yona Ale, courtesy of Yo-Ho. Japan is a creature like any other in the Beerosphere - the great is hard to find and the crap is exported... if only it could be the other way round. As I contemplate this state of brewffairs the can makes a pleasing *TETCHOK* sound.

Poured from a 350ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Body is an interesting mix of cloudy pink grapefruit and rockmelon, with a firm 0.5cm chalk head.

S: Sweet citrus mandarins mixed with melon hop aromas - a very Japanese spin on a pale ale, and most appreciated after many, many American Pale Ales that have the typical pine/citrus hop aromas.

T: Caramel malts mingle with that sweet mandarin flavour before leading to mild melon, honeysuckle nectar and a light hop bitter finish. Easy drinking APA right here.

M: Mid to light body, light carbonation, nothing challenging with this brew (in a good way!), like slipping into a nice warm bathtub.

D: Well, quite the drinkable APA we have here - hands down one of the easiest I've ever had. Everything is balanced and nothing tries to bowl you over. Some people might call it "too restrained", I call it "harmonically balanced". The biggest negative is of course the price in Australia: prohibitive, if of course you can find it, mine was purchased from The Archive cellars however it would be difficult to find anywhere else in Australia.

Food match: Truly worthy of the Edamame sitting on a plate next to me. Otherwise the subtle characters of this brew are quite suited to the subtle characters of Japanese cuisine, such as Hiyashi soba.

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doktorhops from Australia, Jun 27, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pretty caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is good, hops, citrus, lots of flavor, the most hops in a beer since I left the states on vacation. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jun 20, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells a bit better than it tastes in my opinion.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jun 03, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, poured into a goblet.

A: Golden color, slightly hazy. Relatively small head, only the lacing stuck around.

S: Citrus! Hops are present but not overwhelming. Grapefruit, orange, smells really stand out.

T: Grapefruit/citrus hits right away, Hops become more prominent, but are well balanced by the malts. Finish is dominated by malty/bready flavors.

M: Slightly creamy, malty mouthfeel.

O: Interesting pale ale. Smell seems to be hop/citrus dominated but the malts really stand out in the taste. I like it, different than your standard APA.

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TokyoCO from Colorado, May 14, 2013
Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 178 ratings