India Pale Ale
Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub

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IPA - English
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6%
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Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
 
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jbsteiny from Hawaii

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked it up at Tanakaya in Tokyo, as I hadn't seen too much canned craft beer in Japan and I like to support microcanning. Didn't have high expectations, as I haven't been too impressed by Echigo's offerings (why is Koshihikari so expensive? I guess economies of scale).

The can art is interesting, with a nautical theme on one side (a ship presumably sailing to India, a compass, and a map in the background), and a funny logo of a goat raising a glass of beer to the viewer surrounded by a wreath of hop vines and barley.

Poured vigorously into a clean tumbler (have yet to purchase good glassware on this trip), and while it is a beautiful, nearly clear amber color with fine carbonation, the thin tan head quickly recedes to a ring and disappears in under a minute.

Faint caramel, toast, diacetyl aroma. No discernable hop. I have no idea why they are calling this an IPA; even by English standards, this is very light in aroma hops. They come out a little more on the palate - well balanced, drinkable pale ale. A little on the sweet side, but English hops come out in the finish. A pleasant enough beer, and certainly a fine alternative to Japan's macro lagers for ale heads (if you can find it), but I think Echigo should have just called it an English Style Pale Ale or ESB rather than trying to capitalize on interest in IPAs.

Jul 03, 2012
India Pale Ale from Uehara Shuzou Co. Ltd. / Echigo Beer Pub
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 2 ratings