Isekadoya Triple Hop | Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery

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Isekadoya Triple HopIsekadoya Triple Hop
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Brewed by:
Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
Japan
isekadoya.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Naerhu on 07-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Sammy
2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml. thanks for sending Presario. This was a foamer, and much more white suds than the unfiltered yellow body. It just wouldn't quit. Barnyard aromas, with some vegetable, hops deep background. Mouthfeel is creamy but bitterness and farm is in the finish. Cabbage and celery along with the three hop choices. Odd bitterness fighting with the barnyard, and not so balanced.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking golden copper color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing was nice and sticky on the glass. The smell of the beer was hoppy and full of citrusy pine notes. The taste had some nice undertones of caramel while the main flavor was the bitter hops doing what they do best. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a strong tingly sensation on the tongue. Overall I thought this was a pretty good brew from Japan, I was pleasantly surprised with it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky ecru head, which leaves a curtain of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of bready biscuit malt, and citrus and grassy hops. The taste is more bready malt, and some citrus, spicy, and floral hops, which lends credence to the theory of Euro origins to at least some of the hop schedule. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, a bit oily, and full, and it finishes off-dry, the malt and mild herbal, piney hops holding court.

A decent mirror-world Yankee IPA, with a little too much tendency toward the malt side of things, given the nomenclature.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see a a newer Japanese micro at my local beer store.Poured a hazed peach color with a huge amount of foam that never really was subdued fully,aromas were of English malt and leafy hop,seemed very UK to me more than American IPA.Flavors are of English malt that is lightly sweetish with a tinge of iron/metallic,a leafy/herbal hop presence is tasted late.Its not an American IPA by any means,to me its a slightly hopped up English pale ale,not very complex but decent.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge frothy head 3 fingers, gasses semi slowly with messy lacing over very hazy peach orange honey colored beer.

Nose brings some sweet almost nutty malts, light spices like, light fruits and fruity hops, light grassy hops too, and touch off citrus.

Taste starts with a clean malty ale, a light toasty malt and thinning feel like rice, plenty of fruit mostly from the hops, very light citrus hops, little floral, some light flowery taste, bit of bitterness, touch of sweetness, almost gritty malty, finishes a bitty more bitter and fairly dry, little spicy hop kick at the finish, lingering fruits and light malts, touch of an earthy hop touch as well. Most if thehop flavors seem to come through on the finish. Late on the finish it starts to have a Brett like dry funky finish, which adds some bonus points.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, tons of carbonation.

Overall not bad, pretty light overall, the hop flavors come on more on the finish, the malts are mostly ok but have a slight thinning like rice which isn't bad just different, crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those crazy Japanese! A triple hopped beer? Yes! It says so right on the label, "Three kinds of hops which Brew Master in charge chose"! Let's see if we can guess what they are...

...it's little bit yeasty and cedar-like in the nose, so one might be Sorachi Ace. But it's also a touch perfumey and floral, so one could be Hallertauer, and it definitely has some of that character in the flavor as well. It's not really spicy, well just a little bit, so it's probably not Saazer. And there's some fruitiness, some citrus, and some mintiness, but that could be coming from a lot of different hops: Tettnanger, Hersbrucker, Crystal, Cascade, Liberty, etc. What I don't get is pine or strong citrus or strong fruitiness, so that rules out quite a few American hops (Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe). It is a bit herbal though, so maybe Spalter fits in as that's fairly floral as well. Or, maybe Nugget. Yes, Nugget seems to fit in there.

Needless to say, it's almost impossible to pick which three hop varieties are included. Had it been one hop, sure. Two, probably. But three, no... there are just too many variables. So the question is, do they fit together well? Do they harmonize? And I'd say 'yes', and no. There's a nice floral note in the aroma that works along with the woodiness (which might be coming from the yeast as it is bottle-conditioned). And it's somewhat fruity, minty, spicy, and herbal in the flavor. It's a pretty wide range, but they all somehow connect. On the other hand, I think it's a bit over-done without reason, and better results (more focus) could have been achieved with just one or two hops. But it is hoppy, and if intensity of flavor was what they were going for they achieved it.

As to the rest of the beer, it's very well done. It delivered a massive head up-front, followed by excellent retention and very good lacing. The mouthfeel is appropriate with a medium body and an effervescent zest on the tongue. The flavor is obviously balanced towards the hop flavors, but it's not over-reaching and resinous, nor overly bitter - it's actually quite nicely balanced. So drinkability, I guess, actually goes hand in hand with how well you like the hop choice, because if you like hoppy beers there's no fault to be found here - it's balanced and nicely rounded, and all about the hop flavors and aromas!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus; a strong but not over-powering hop bitterness and a hearty malt character. While none of the flavors seem to stand out, they do seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are several other IPA's I would choose first, but this is still a solid beer overall.

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"If you understand everything, you must be misinformed."

--Japanese proverb

Shiny kumquat with a sand colored cap that filled 90% of the glass on the pour. The foam looks pretty good, though. More like a Belgian ale than the result of excessive carbonation from bottle-conditioning gone wrong. Large, soft divots form in the upper surface as small splotches of suds stick to the glass.

The Triple part of the beer's name refers to the use of three different hops, not to triple the amount of hops. One sniff makes that patently obvious. The nose, oddly enough, is more musky and spicy than hoppy. A 5.1% IPA? Let's just see about that.

Triple Hop is decent enough beer, though it's far from world-class. Too bad the hop bill isn't published because I'd love to know what three varieties are in use. A complete shot in the dark says... Cascade, East Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz. The flavor is an interesting combination of citrus fruity, spicy and grassy.

A lack of malt-derived flavor, a lack of background sweetness and a thinnish mouthfeel for the style suggest... a shortage of malt. Brilliant deduction, eh? While TH doesn't have an IPA-worthy ABV, it's hopped generously enough for the style. Bitterness is not in short supply and should satisfy most hopheads, despite the fact that the flavor profile is less than special.

The mouthfeel is closer to an APA in terms of size and has a generous amount of sparkly carbonation. Actually, it's more than sparkly, it's downright biting, with a not unwelcome tongue sizzle on contact. That isn't my preference, but it works.

Ise Kadoya Triple Hop is interesting beer that tastes and feels like a near equal mixture of American IPA and Czech pilsener. Compared to the other Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten beers that I've had so far, it's a little bit better than IPA and not as good as Genmai Ale. Kampai!

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head that recedes slowly with a solid frothy dome. Takes a while to dissipate. Too much really. The liquid is golden amber color with a chill haze. It leaves some chunky lace on the glass.

Mild alcohol and hop aroma. Low pale malt smell.

Starts with a yeasty malt flavor, but quickly yields to the hop bitterness, but it is mild for an IPA. Full bodied and highly carbonated, which seems to work.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a rather large white head.

S: Not terribly fragrant. Some mild floral and citrus hop notes, maybe some grass as well. Pale malts and a light bready note, but lots of apple skins in there, strangely enough.

T: Most of the flavor is the pale malt and bread. A touch of an herbal hop flavor, maybe some grass, too. Like with the nose, big time apple skins. Minimal bitterness and not all that much flavor.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: Could be an old bottle due to import, but this was not impressive.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ise Kadoya, Ise, Japan, Triple Hop Ale

"Three kinds of hops which brew master in charge chose."

Clearish, amber hue, prodigious snowy white head, bilious, lacey.

Aroma, clean, citric zest, if minor...a trifle soapy. Would like to hear more from this side, alas.

Taste: tidy little hop blitz, keen blast on the palate, then fading back. Meager malt flavor, a touch of caramel, ...creamy mouthfeel, nicely textured. I'm liking this more and more. What seemed like an amber lager at first, now feels like a tasty pale ale, but less of a hop forward feast than the name and label imply.
Tastier and tastier, really, hops really coming through, citrus shining. Tropical fruit, too, some mango and apricot, to mix up with grapefruit and lemon/lime/orange.
Bitterness continues in the taste, fades to match malt.

Quite nice. I may not pay $8 for a bottle again, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the other beers I've had from this brewery, this pours with a huge, runaway head. Amber in color for the beer, off-white for the head, which starts cratering after a few minutes. Smells of very floral hops, almost perfumed, along with some grassy, citrus and slight paraffin notes. Not bad. The taste has more of that paraffin, and a fairly intense floral hop flavor. Now, I don't mean intense like a West Coast IPA, with big citrus rind and pine, but a fairly concentrated floral center with some moderate bitterness. Different, and quite nice. Smooth, with a slightly waxy, but pleasant finish. I liked this beer.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in CA, some time ago, I may add, and then put off drinking it for a long time, as I got less and less enthusiastic about Japanese beers after some pretty poor Echigo efforts.

Pours foamy, mostly thick off-white egg-shell head, collapsing after a while to form a sudsy, crackling, clumping lace. Body is cloudy and dull orange, fluid, with a bit of oomph behind it. Eh, can't say I'm overly impressed overall.

Nose is sweetly fruity, giving some characters of pineapple and lychee, with a peppery overbite. There's something a little less pleasant underneath—slightly vegetal and earthy—which puts me off a bit. It's just not that bright, believable freshness I feel it could be.

Taste is similar. It has sweet fruity characters on the front, leaving some canned pineapple flavours, and a touch of peach, before there's an upswell in that peppery, earthy character, that gives it a slight kelp and bell pepper savoury earthiness on the back. It's not all unpleasant, but it's a bit muddled, and the combination of the two characters doesn't work all that well.

It's not a bad beer, and it has some interest to it. But it's not to my tastes, and it feels as though it really doesn't know what it wants to be. In the end, that leaves me confused as well.

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Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange coor with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a MASSIVE 3 finger frothy, soapy off-white head with good retention that slowy fades into a lasting ring, leaving chunks of soapy lacing throughout.

Citrus and floral hops dominate the aroma with a dry resinous hop oil presence as well as some citrus fruit and pine. Subtle spice and earthiness as well. Hints of orange and lemon peel along with some grapefruit notes.

Very carbonated mouthfell with a very dry bitter piney hop preence up front that slowly fades when countered by the strong malt backbone. The citrus notes from the aroma are barely detectabe making this beer kin of one dimensional. Dry piney hops that slowly fade into a sweet dry finish.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec7 2009

A very cloudy golden peach with tonnes of bubbles popping up from everywhere. a thumbs worth of off white head that has pretty good retention and leaves lots of lace but all in patches

S biscuit, mild toffee with some mild citrus

T not far off the smell but it has a good balance of hops and malts, a little better then I expected. this one reminds me of an English IPA/bitter but from the label it's pretty safe to assume this one's brewed from the land of tea and crumpets

M medium bodied with decent carbonation and a bite that doesn't hurt its cause

D went down pretty fast so that says something and I must admit I rather liked this beer a pleasant surprise

I would like to know what hops the used for this beer but my Japanese is a little rusty and by rusty I mean non existent.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy, almost murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A somewhat different aroma than what I expected, with a lot of malt overtaking the hops.

T: Tasted of malt, hops, a little citrus, a breadlike quality and slight graininess. Much maltier than most American IPAs. The flavor of this beer has more in common with an English IPA.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the American IPA (even though it probably shouldn't be classified as such). A drinkable beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Geez, after reading a few of the recent reviews, I was prepping myself for a less than ideal beer. And all l can think is they musta got some old stuff or something. This one is pretty decent and true to style. Poured with gigantic, cream colored head that lasts a long time and a little lace. Color is a hazy, orange amber. Aroma is a nice hoppy, malty, and a bit yeasty beer. Flavor is like aroma. Body is good and so is carboantion. Good quaffing brew. Balanced. Nice easy finish of short to medium length that is like flavor. Session beer. Except for the crazy price.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Isekadoya Triple Hop from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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