Aooni India Pale Ale | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale
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Aooni India Pale AleAooni India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by toweringpoo on 02-11-2009

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of vma
1.2/5  rDev -66%

Photo of Smurf2055
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of toweringpoo
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
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 kornkid8600
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.07/5  rDev -41.4%
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 Jake_Dusic
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of kofukasho
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little on the bitter side, with a grapefruity aftertaste. There are plenty of other, superior Japanese craft beers.

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Photo of davepuchta
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
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 GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
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 -21%
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 Rihup
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kshock
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
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 daigakusei11
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
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 UPTapes
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The standard here in Japan. Getting better lately, starting to taste like a modern day IPA a bit more. Strong nose, hops hit you right away. Not an amazing IPA but I'll take it.

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Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -15%
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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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Iztok
3/5  rDev -15%

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Aooni India Pale Ale from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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