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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
Japan
isekadoya.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 07-12-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
53
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 53
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a tall 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy opaque straw colour, chunky white head with good retention.

Musty, spicy, some cedar-like wood on the nose, curious but not wholly inviting.

Musty, dry grains up front in the flavour, clean grassy finish, most of the hop character comes out in the aftertaste, slightly herbal, faint citrus, with a surprise punch of astringency. It all doesn't seem to come together with much cohesion though. Long into the aftertaste, is leafy, spicy hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth with moderate carbonation, dryness on finish.

It's not a bad IPA, but just doesn't seem to gel together to make it more enjoyable, something of a cacophany going on in the flavour dep't, my lingering impressions are of a dry, musty, astringent beer, almost remeniscent of moth balls.

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Photo of wknight167
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy light copper with a 2 finger white head with respectable staying power and good lacing.

Nose- Citrus, pineapple and pine hops with sugary sweet toasted malt and an odd aroma I can only describe as dusty.

Palate- Piney, bitter finish that is short and clean. As for the rest, there seems to be a lack of a malt background to accentuate the hops and leaves this brew a little lackluster.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served this 1 pt. .9 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The first pour revealed a medium golden and clear body. There was a cream colored loose head which left a fine cap and significant sheets of lace. The second pour was cloudier and the hue turned a bit green (hops!) Foam stayed until the finish reminding me of a latte.

Smell was earthy and mild citrus. Fresh grains and clean hay. Loaded with aroma but the alcohol was well hidden.

Taste was pine and sweet grapefruit pith. Some Saaz spiciness too. Creamy and light bitter aftertaste. Pleasant linger of hops oils. Not scorching bitterness but lots of flavor. This one must be very fresh. Very drinkable, exceeded expectations.

Mouthfeel was zippy carbonation and a nice bitter bite. Medium bodied. I would search this one out again despite the high cost.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of coyotlgw
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed as Specialty Beer, not American IPA

Very slightly malty, some sweet caramel, a little clove phenol, but surprisingly no aroma hops. Deep golden color, rather cloudy, very rich and creamy head with remarkable persistence. Strong malty start with balanced hops, grainy forward with little floral hop taste. Faint clove phenol and long bitter aftertaste. Slight astringency in sharp aftertaste and fizzy carbonation, medium body.

A different beer, seems like an IPA mixed with a Hefeweizen. Given the name, I expected far more aroma hops.

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

Poured from the bottle a clear copper-gold color with a huge rocky off-white head.

Aroma of pineapple, lemon, candy sugar, ginger, and a hint of mustiness.

The candy sugar and lemon appear upfront followed by mint and finally bready caramel malts. Nicely balanced. A bit of soapy bitterness in the finish.

Lighter bodied, clean and dry, with a light carbonation.

An easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lets see how a Japanese brewery tackles an IPA. This was purchased at Julios in Westboro. Very cool slender looking bottle. First I have to say that this is a beautiful looking brew. It is a glowing orange, with a large white heading that perfectly enveloped the top of my Duvel glass. Smells of damp earth and tangerine first come to mind in aromatics, followed by some ginger. First pull brings forth a very interesting, complex hop bitterness. These hops are very earth oriented, and leave the palate with a mint leaf flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with prickly hops dominating the malt, yet still not a hop bomb. Drinking this beer is way too easy. Wow, this is a standout IPA for me. It laps many of its American counterparts for the style. I will have to try the rest of the line from these guys. Cheers

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Photo of crwills
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo.

Light coloured ale with a small head. Well balanced with a good hop presence, but doesn't live up to its 'tripelhop' nomer. Great mouthfeel for this style of beer, with a smooth bready aftertaste that makes this very drinkable. A good start to the evening.

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

Had a glass of this at BeerBelly in Osaka. According to the BeerBelly staff, they used Cascade and Williamette hops.

A - A slightly hazy yellow body with a pure white head. Excellent lacing.
S - Big hoppy sweet citrus aroma.
T - Restrained bitterness, slightly sweet malts.
M - Extremely low carbonation, light body.
D - I imagine that this beer is all about dry hopping, considering its huge bouquet, but mild bitterness.

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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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