Yona Yona Ale | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-16-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of RochefortChris
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigmanlavos
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AndoIPA
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D-Rock
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of NapoleonsComplex
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SandC
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of innominat
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daigakusei11
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandiprat2015
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shemmy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsrose16
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nauxolo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker ale, not too bitter with heavy mouth feel. Probably wouldn't order agai. Similar to other Japanese darker ales

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Photo of Maillard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kflorence
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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 emincems
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of edkorganisation
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicholaspark
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tikk
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yona Yona Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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