Aooni India Pale Ale | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

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Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by toweringpoo on 02-11-2009

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Photo of toweringpoo
1.88/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is the worst beer I've had in a long time. It also marks the first IPA I've ever had that wasn't at least slightly enjoyable.
I'm pretty disappointed. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Yo-ho brewing. This beer is a different story however. It's close to flavorless, odorless swill. The only thing it has is bitterness. Overwhelming amounts of bitterness. Absolutely no flavor. Almost like bitter water or bad homebrew.

This is so bad I question whether it's a bad batch or skunked or something. I would never have expected something this bad from Yo-ho. Sample with caution.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.07/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear medium orange amber with a thick, full and rich white head that fades quickly but retaines a nice short layer of white.

Nose is fresh pineapple you want and expect in an IPA and this doesn't disappoint in this regard.

Mouthfeel is difficult to judge because the flavors are so off. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but out of balance.

Flavors are just a bit of a mess. Tastes like watery burnt toast; sour/bitter pine that lacks brightness or character. All in all not something you really want to drink. Flavors are just a dull, bitter almost skunky in character. Not appealing.

Green herbal bitter unpleasant finish.

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Photo of davepuchta
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second beer I have tried from Yo-Ho Brewing Co. The first being their Yona Yona Ale, which I really enjoyed.
I bought the Aooni IPA in it's can format. (I'm not sure if it's available in any other form.)
Aooni poured a solid burnished orange color, leaving little room for light to come through. I believe this trait in appearance is much more characteristic of a traditional English-style IPA, though not entirely void of the American style.
The scent profile of this beer is not very assertive as with most IPAs out there. You can detect a small amount of aromatic hops and flat cooked malt scent. Agreeable, but not exciting.
The texture was a little thick. I found this to be the case in their Yona Yona Ale as well.
The flavor of the Aooni is what convinced me that this is a whole lot more of an English-style IPA than an American. I'm not a beer expert, only a devout appreciater and student; I believe I can safely say that at the very least the execution of this beer was not within the general guidelines of the American IPA style. The bittering hop is apparent, somewhat assertive, and clean. The malt is what throws this beer off the American IPA trail. It's too much.
Overall, the Aooni is not bad. Certainly not my favorite "American IPA" interpretation, but it's drinkable. I preferred their Yona Yona, but my lack of genuine enthusiasm for the Aooni will not deter me from seeking out more of their beers.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

350ml can purchased (along with the Tokyo Black) from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a very pleasant orange golden colour, with some mild haze and a frothy, but quite firm head of off-white. Speckled, patchy lace forms after a while. Fine but minimal carbonation. Overall, it looks like a pretty good brew.

Nose is a touch grainy, certainly more than I expected and certainly more than I'd like. Slight malt-extract sweetness, and even a hint of turmeric. Weird. Under all of this is, in fact, a slight sharp orange rind character, and a tang a little like chlorine. It's not altogether bad, in other words, but it does miss the mark somewhat.

Taste is similarly disappointing. Here, the sweetness is still pronounced, but is trounced by a big herbal bitterness, that's almost chemical and burning in its intensity. Almost ashy flavours come through mid palate, and tannic bitterness on the back mingling with that heavy, goopy barley sugar sweetness. Burning white rum or rubbing alcohol finish it up. This is actually swerving towards offensive.

Overall, there's much wrong with this beer. It's intense without purpose, unbalanced, and yet the characters it pushes so strongly are not even pleasant on their own. Given the Tokyo Black was such a pleasant beer, I was very disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Hazy pale yellow with streaks of orange. Big head is kinda rocky and dissipates fairly quickly. Active carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit, light pine and resin. Something sweet in there too. Not quite caramel. Can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Light tropical fruit and very light pine. Some bready malt. Not much going on here.

Feel: Lighter body. Pretty crisp and clean. Fun carbonation,

Overall: Kinda tastes like an American IPA. Very well balanced but not very hoppy or malty. meh. You can totally pass this one up. Not really missing much.

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Photo of Kshock
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nothing special, orangny, hazy color. not very bright for an IPA.

S- Not a lot of aroma. Smells slightly of hops and soap. not really impressing me.

T- Not quite as bad as i thought it was going to be, but not very good. there isnt really any offensive flavors, just not too many good ones. it does taste a little oxidized which is strange considering it came from a can. oh well.

M- like everything else about this beer, not horrible, but not good either.

if i was in japan and this was the only micro i could find, it would suffice....barely.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moon is now waxing crescent following the previous review and The CANQuest (TM) is closing in on # 500! The simplicity of the logo may inspire me to have this tattooed on my arm. Let the last of the Japanese beers from JayQue fall before the awesomeness that is The CANQuest (TM)!

The Gaijin is now king in Japan, having felled their greatest sumo like David before Goliath! The beer pours freely into woody's glass from a CAN proffered by the most beautiful ladies the country has to offer. It has been nearly a week-and-a-half by the lunar calendar since his glorious victory and he has yet to be satiated (by beer or otherwise).

The Crack & Glug is CANducted by someone other than himself as he may no longer do anything on his own. He is the undisputed champion and he CANnot reverse this fact except by stepping back into the ring. The beer is a disappointing light-amber but he does not allow his features to give anything away. The head began as a finger of off-white foam, but has fallen like his opponent, leaving sticky lace in its wake. The nose is all wrong - more grassy than citrus or pine! Grrr. The mouthfeel is medium and the taste is too malty sweet for an AmeriCAN IPA, more towards an ENGL IPA. The finish tickles the back of his throat with a slight tang of hops, or is is it Kitazakura's fingers sliding oh, so gently around his neck ... ?

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Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Tons of sediment floating in there. A big foamy tan head and lots of lacing. Thick caramel color. Opaque.

S. No scent.

T. It has a metallic flavor. Perhaps from the can. There's a slight hoppy bite. A bit of a dark fruit undertone. Some citrus.

M. A bit of a sour taste.

O. A very plain taste. There's not much there for an IPA. Not offensive, but lacks any pop.

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Photo of Raven3464
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a cloudy, golden body with a one finger head. There is a good amount of retention; it certainly looks promising.

Smell: The hops smell sour and sweat malts can be detected. There are no aggressive aromas and nothing new stands out even as the beer warms.

Taste: Hop bitterness and a pinch of pine are noticed right away. There is no fruity flavor at all. The aftertaste taste like bread. It is not nearly as complex as many top level IPAs but there is just enough hop bitterness to qualify it for the genre.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Like everything else about this beer, it is average.

Overall: Aooni (blue demon) certainly is not a bad beer. Unfortunately, there is nothing that really stands out about it either. I will give the brewer credit, as the IPA seems to be a tough genre in Japan. With a little more complexity, this could be a good representative for the style.

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Photo of dgilks
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour with a fluffy, white head. Good head retention.

Some soft malt notes, sweetness and touches of earthiness. Not bad but not quite an IPA.

Sweet maltiness with lots of caramel notes. Not all that complex. Moderate bitterness. Lacking hop flavour.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid beer but not an IPA really. This needs a big dose of late hops to bring out a juicy, fruity flavour and aroma.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can at the bar myself at Sushi Taro DC into a Pokal glass. WAIT INTERCEPTION this glass is FROSTED! Quick grab and we sit and wait, to let this warm up a bit before pouring. Not sure on dating, bottom of can says 12-16-16 11-07 not sure what that's all about.

A nice opaque and cloudy amber orange with lemon hues, looks unfiltered, presenting an off white head and lots of retention. Head clumps a bit too and there's some good lacing also.

Nose is mostly malt, but a faint light hop, feels tea herbal more like an English IPA.

Taste is interesting. Kind of neutral bitter, but also a bit unbalanced. Do able for drinking with a quenching mouthfeel. There's a hint of alcohol heat on this, and a finish of light hop and just a faint touch of honey.

Overall it was kind of odd, but drinkable. It was certainly better with the maguro and wasabi than just drinking it alone.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a little glass hotel tumbler

Pours very clear, light coppery-pink, small amount of coarse pale head, some carbonation. Smell is mild, a tiny bit of honey suckle, a little bit of spicy hops.

Taste is bittersweet. Seems like a clash between the two, rather than a harmony. The bitterness is such that it has a drying affect on the mouth, which is in contrast to the honeysuckle/floral sweetness. I have mixed feelings about it.

Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, this is not a bad beer. It's interesting. And I might just be happy to be able to buy an IPA in Japan easily now. Not the best example of an IPA, but better for my preferences than another Kirin or Asahi.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 350mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a nice effervescence and a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Head has a nice tenacity; I like it.

Smell: kind of a sourish aroma, and not in a particularly good way. There's some malt in there and a dash of hops; citrusy, maybe, but hard to tell with that harsh sourish character in there.

Taste: nice malty backbone which is a bit on the sweet side. Hops are earthy and maybe a bit citrusy, and bitterness is relatively low. A bit of that weird sourness is in there, but nothing like in the aroma. Separating the flavor from the smell, it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: that smell is so bizarre; it doesn't seem to pervade the flavor, but it is off-putting nonetheless. A decent IPA, but not one that I would go back to.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - golden amber big fluffy white puffy head.3.5

S - citrus hops. Not much else. 2.75

T - spicy, but smooth. Not overly hoppy. Better than average. 3.5

M - pleasant good silky smooth 3.25

O - good session-able inoffensive up a 3

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cloudy orange/yellow, a quarter inch of head barely lasts long enough to pick up the glass.
S: malt and hops blend to make a lemon and orange cookie aroma. Doesn't really smell like a typical IPA
T: a touch more grapefruit and pine than the aroma, but the orange and lemon cookie. Not really that bitter, but could be made more for the Japanese market.
M: not to light but not thick either, carbonation was also decent.
O: label gets an A, beer itself is rather average.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma is predominantly caramel malt with pine in the background. Pours a one-finger, off-white head; moderate retention and good lacing. Body is clear, deep gold. Characteristic intense bitterness; grassy, pine-like hops; alcohol; just a touch of sweetness. Medium body; crisp, light carbonation.

Not a bad American IPA, but overall lacking a sense of balance and nuance. Aroma expresses more malt than hop, while the malt sweetness in the flavor is insufficient to serve a supporting role.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at a Paseo depato in Utsunomiya, 281 yen (about $3.00) per can. It looked to be a Japanese version of an IPA, very cool looking can so I needed to try it.

The beer is dark yellow color and slightly hazed, with almost no head, just a thin spitty froth. The aroma is bitter smelling hops, no citrus or yeasty goods that I can tell, just an honest hops bitterness. The taste is likewise sort of one-dimensional, bitterness without the hop flavors that can make IPAs so delicious. Oh well it was worth a try, and at least it was refreshing. Easy drinking for the style but not anything I'll look for again.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at K&L, new arrival, pretty cool seeing this brewery stateside and having their offerings in cans. A bit steep at $5 a can, but worth one try I figure. Poured into a tumbler at 45 degrees.

Pours a beautiful golden toasted yellow topped by 1/2 inch of bright white soapy looking head. Small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and hold up a well retained head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind as well. Nearly gave the appearance a 5.

Smells quite different than I'd expect an IPA to smell. Smells a bit more like an ESB really. Kind of a toasted crackery malt aroma with floral hops to accent. A little bit of a metallic hint too, but overall I like the smell.

Tastes a lot like an ESB too. Initial impression is graham cracker, followed up by some green apple and leads into a bit of a metallic tasting mid-range. Finishes with a fairly nice floral hop kick that would be tastier if the metallic undertone was not present. All in all a bit all over the place but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel consistency is medium. A bit grainy feeling on the tongue, a little abrasive. Not so great in this department.

Overall it's a lot different than I would have expected. From what I understand the brewmaster studied under Stone's tutelage for the better part of three years, so I thought this would be closer to a west coast IPA. With that said, this works okay as an ESB, but it's not one of the better ones I've had. I hope to have a little better luck with the Tokyo Black Porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight herbal hop 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 an above average beer that is malt forward and displays a fairly unbalanced hop bitterness in my opinion.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel and soft pine. Somewhat faint.
Restrained flavours, with a bit of grapefruit hops and some sweet bready malt followed by an assertive bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Not overly complex but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice large head slightly with just slightly cloudy amber color. Poured a large head but it disipated quickly, I might even say a structurally unsound head.

Smell- A slightly sour hop smell, but not all that much aroma coming off the top

Taste- Alot of carbonation, I can taste a bit of the sweet malts floating in there which is interesting for an IPA, and an indistinct perhaps slightly citrusy hop dominates. Finish is a fairly indistinct. Less hoppy then I have come to expect from an IPA ( maybe in the 40s?) but has a more pronounced malt taste which is slightly intriguing.

Mouthfeel- A bit heavy on the carbonation so it feels bubbly and a bit watery in the mouth. However not to an unpleasant extent.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable, especially with the unlikely balance of malts and hops in in IPA. However, bottom line its has that mass produced watery taste so I would want to trade in for a better IPA given the chance.

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Photo of hreb
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

350 mL aluminum can poured into pint glass, creating a tall thick foam which clings to the class. Beer is a very pale orange and just slightly hazy. Faint sweet/skunky aroma that doesn't particularly suggest IPA.

Flavor however brings bitterness up front and fills my mouth with a particular hop flavor. The body is just big enough to support the hop load with no detectable sweetness, although the carbonation is a little bit sharp. There's some other flaw's maybe a little bit soapy?

Overall I'm enjoying this more than the Yona Yona Ale but not as much as the Tokyo Black. That said, there are a million better American IPAs out there which are easier to find at a fraction the price.

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Photo of biggred1
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, honey blonde with a fluffy cream colored head. Yo-Ho brewing didn't make the prettiest beer and the aroma is nothing to write home about either, faint toasted grain and floral hops and not much else. The flavor is not great but not bad either it's well balanced between sweet caramel malt and resinous citrusy hop bitterness. Medium bodied and refreshing. Aooni IPA is certainly one of the better Japanese beers available in the U.S. but with so many better domestic options available I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh can of Ao Oni, (the blue ogre). I enjoyed it the last time I had it, but I was out walking on a hot summer's night and was very thirsty, so I'll give it a fair review now that I can sit down and think about it.

Appearance: Low-moderate head retention, some scattered lacing, deep amber colour, nothing too impressive but it looks the part. Carbonation is minimal.

Smell: Doesn't give too much away, although it's fairly cold. No aggressive hoppiness or any individual characters noticeable.

Taste: Bitter on the palate, but not excessively so. Refreshing, astringent and forward, but not agressive. Hops are not fruity or anything - although this is supposed to be an IPA, there's not a lot of complexity. It has the thirst-quenching qualities of a good pilsener in summer, but when you contemplate the brew there's actually not a lot there. However, it's pleasant to drink even though the only flavour there is bitter hop acids on the palate. This is a hop-strong beer without much maltiness and with emphasis on drinkability and quenching thirst.

Mouthfeel: Dull on the tongue but astringent and slightly puckering on the palate.

Drinkability: This beer's strong point. Thirst-quenching and easily poured down the throat, with the palate numbness being virtually the only memorable vestige of the brew!

Overall: It's a humid September evening and I'm enjoying this beverage but it's not the hop onslaught I remember it to be - maybe because the first time I had it I took its appellation of "India Pale Ale" with a grain of salt. It's definitely an American-style IPA - not a lot of maltiness or sweet flavours of any kind. Still, it's better than virtually all other Japanese beers, at least the ones I've been able to get a hold of. Fair play to this brewery that's trying to diversify its creations in the harshly anti-microbrew market of Japan.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish amber color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lace on the glass. Also, there is quite a bit of floating sediment visible.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and citrus. There is a good hop presence, as well as some aromas of fruit and floral notes.

T - The taste starts off with some caramel maltiness, and there is a decent amount of hop bitterness, but not as much as I had hoped for. There are some fruit flavors, as well as some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering sweet caramel malt and hop presence behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body, and the carbonation is a little less than average. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some hop bitterness, but overall not that much. Also, I am getting a little bit of alcohol warmth on the back end.

O - This beer has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easily, and I wouldn't have a problem having a few in a night. It's just that it isn't quite up to snuff with a lot of the other IPAs out there. I really think there should be more hop aromas and flavor. It has a solid malty backbone, but if it had a good hop impact it would really help this beer out. Overall, I think it is a good beer, but just not anything special. I is worth a try though.

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