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

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Isekadoya Triple HopIsekadoya Triple Hop
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
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of RoyalT
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a thick, dirty pond looking light brown in color with a very nice, thick head. The head came up easy and was very heavy, so much so that it didn't even lay flat.

Smell - The hop aroma is very, very light, not even close to a typical AIPA. What I can get is very grassy but well developed.

Taste - The hops come on more at the taste but are still somewhat boring. It's like a mix between European pils-style hops and a lightweight APA. In fact the website refers to this beer as a pale ale although currently on BA it is an AIPA.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied with some lazy but satisfying carbonation and a nice bitter finish that stretches out for like half a minute.

Drinkability - On the surface it doesn't seem like much but overall was very enjoyable. If you buy this looking for big hops you'll be sorely disappointed, but if you look at it like a unique American-style pale ale with a European twist (made in Japan - haha) you'll give it a nod.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dirty, muddied orange colour, quite cloudy. Head is a lovely colour with great texture. Bit over-generous but sinks steadily, leaving nice rivulets of crusty lace around the glass. If it's meant to be sedimenty, we've got a badass beer over here (blind tasting, full disclosure).

Smells extremely fruity. Peachy and apricot, quite like aromatic malt. Slight funky earth, little bit dank and bitter underneath. But overall smells fairly simple, fruity with a touch of tang. Nice, but screaming out for more grunt.

Taste is similarly fruity, with a real candied edge to it. Peach, apricot and orange peel on there that ultimately gets sweeter and then disappears, leaving a disappointing, short palate, with aromatic fruit esters and little else in the way of body or complexities. Maybe slight rank flavour late-mid, but it could just be the disappearing of fruit into watery nothingness. Quite meh.

Decent presence in the mouth really, at least upfront. Dries up quickly and leaves no remembrance of what was there by the end.

Disappointing, really. Flavours are decent but it does nothing with them, like giving really excellently-crafted nunchukus to a ninja with no arms.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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

16.9oz bottle (I think) poured into a pint glass

Pours clear golden with slight coppery hues, surprisingly large head that fades very slowly. Lacing looks clumpy and thick. Smell is spicy hoppy, a little honey and some sweet flowers, smells pretty good, but has some lager sour.

Taste is crisp and light, surprisingly malty for something called an IPA, but a pretty decent amount of hops. I might put this on the hoppy side of pale ales or the not-so-hoppy side of IPAs, but the taste is actually pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Easy drinking beer, not that strong but interesting and crisp enough to drink a couple.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Really healthy head on this thing, easily two fingers and holding firm. It's about as solid as Styrofoam, and a gentle shake of the glass confirms its solidity. Glowing burnt sunset orange color is hazed over...remarkable lace leavings. Looks pretty amazing.

Aroma is clean--flowery, grassy, herbal and fruity sides to the hops, living up to the name. It's just a little on the subdued side, especially for a hoppy beer. Not much malt backup detected either. Would've been an incredible thing to sniff if the aroma were just a few notches brighter.

The flavor is certainly interesting...it's quite bitter--leafy and grassy mostly--although they apparently forgot to chuck the malt in, because it's completely one-dimensional. Of course, to get alcohol you need some kind of sugar, I'm just not tasting it. Black tea-like astringency keeps things on the rougher side, and maybe I'm getting just a smidgen of caramel flavor here with a little warming. Not sure what to think, but it's definitely green-tasting.

The thin body does no favors to this beer. It's watery. There is a nice crispness here that, along with the vibe of the hop mixture, suggests a Czech pils, but then I've never had a proper, quality Czech pils that felt watery to me.

There's practically no malt presence here, so it ends up coming off like chilled hop-steeped soda water. Maybe that's a little harsh, because hop lovers will at least find something intriguing and unique here...I just don't think it could ever compete with the many hop-centric wonders of the U.S. Taken for what it is, it's worth a one-off shot anyway. But that's it. I wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Big thanks to Bryan for this bottle, which was high on my wants. After travelling around Japan a couple times I knew this one would be good!

The first pour is a rich, deep gold, with a clean white head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing on the glass and exhibits great retention. On top up the beer becomes cloudy and makes me think that this is unfiltered (I'm pretty sure its not bottle conditioned). Regardless, its a good looking beer.

At cooler temperatures the aroma is hard to interpret - there's certainly some leafiness and floral aspects to it, along with a distinct earthiness. As it warms, though, things really begin to open up. Freshly cut mango and pineapple strike me the most, and the whole creation has a tropical / citrus vibe going on that I'm really enjoying nosing.

The taste is kinda neat... almost like a saison / IPA hybrid. It does have a earthy spicy character, and a light dryness that reminds me of a saison. However, the hopping is all IPA, bringing citrus and pine into the mix. Its greener and leafier than the aroma suggests, and brings a bitterness that's on par with an IPA. Its certainly an interesting beer, and I'm intrigued which hops were used. I certainly feel that one is American (bringing the juicy citrus), one is British (bringing marmalade) and the other is continental Europe (bringing a spiciness). Its a nice mix and works well with the mouthfeel, which has a slightly prickly carbonation that heightens the bitterness.

A very good beer, and its travelled better than I expected on its journey from Japan to Calgary and on to Toronto. There's a lot going on here, and its not one of those beers that's easy to place in its own distinct style. There's some American nature to it, some British and some continental. A fusion beer made in Japan that works. Nice stuff guys!

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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 Chico1985
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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 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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Photo of Shadman
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Says triple hop pale ale on the bottle, reviewing as an AIPA.

Has the look down. Hazy aprocot colour, huge head, great retention and tons of lacing.

Funky aroma. Fresh cut grass, some citrus, some pine, and a touch of sourness.

Interesting to say the least. Lot's going on, unfortunately none of it in balance. Three hops are citrus, pine and spicy, but all three want the same amount of attention ALL the time. Tastes like a hybrid Scottish herb beer and a Yank pale ale.

Kind of light and thin.

Like a science experiment gone just slight astray.

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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 atigerlife
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours auburn/reddish hue, lots of tiney carb rising. Beautiful. 1 finger slightly off-white head. Clear.

Aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, soap, floral

Taste is musty, sweet, hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew. not-typical for the style but drinkable.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Willis Glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with about 3 fingers of foam, even with a careful pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles evident. Head really stands up.

Faint aromas of citrusy hops with some grassy notes. Aromas are a little subdued for an american IPA, which could be due to age. But there is no bottling information on the bottle.

First sip is of a light grassy bitterness, with some faint grapefruit notes. It must be an old bottle. Also some faint flavors of hard candy, and a carbonic acid bite.

Mouthfeel is prickly, almost too gassy. Overcarbonated for my taste. The most noticable mouth sensation is the carbonic bite.

Drinkability is okay. The high carbonation doesn't suit it for a session beer, as it leaves you feeling bloated and with a full feeling.

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a big, chunky white head.

S: Hoppy and some funk. Floral, herbal hop mixed with some sour apple type aromas. Not what I would expect from an AIPA.

T: Again, funky notes. Hint of citrus hop. Dry overall, not a lot of bitterness in the finish at all.

M/D: Light to medium body. Drinkablity is OK. Average attempt at an AIPA, but still remains interesting by itself.

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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 mountdew1
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a bit reddish in nature, a fairly ligh color. Had a cloudy haze with plenty of carbonation rising to refill the foamy off white head. Predominant smell was a herby citrus. Maybe some citrus. Very slightly sweet, but finished with a bit of bitterness. Taste started off pleasant, a bit of malt, but shifted to a slightly sour flavor before changing back to a bit of hoppy. The sour was offputing and unexpected. Seemed to mellow as the beer sat over time. Felt good in the mouth, tongue tingled nicely from the carbonation, and a bit of chew. Start and finish definitely show potential, but the middle sour flavor was just too bizarre to rate higher overall.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big bold pour, frothy chunky head, very appealing. taste and mouthfeel were as adverstised, a big dry tangy/ citrusy hoppy smell/ taste. Once you get past the citrus, the mouthfeel carries the same flavors, and finishes tangy/ citrus. This is an interesting beer, quite nice considering the travel, I likened it to some mammoth juniper IPA, big bold floral taste. pick some up, very drinkable.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy coppery-gold colour with an astoundingly large and impressively well-maintained head. There is a lot of carbonation rushing up the glass.

The aroma is spicy apple and cinnamon with some sharp hops filling out the background. Quite unique, but I'm very impressed.

The taste is a lot lighter and less robust compared to the aroma. Slight sweetness that is quickly taken over by spices and hops. Some slight bitterness and light oily hops finish it out.

Overall, I had really high hopes at first and they were slightly dashed. Nonetheless, this is a unique beer with some unique aromas and flavours. Worth checking out.

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Photo of prosper
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark yellow. it's bottle conditioned, so there's some sediment and it's a little hazy. Was a gusher when I opened it, but the level of carbonation isn't actually insanely high.

Smells fainly of malts, with a decent orange/lemon hoppy zest. A little earthiness, too.

Taste is interesting. It's got a definite yeast presence, almost like a saison, but not nearly as strong. There's not much malt, and a good earthy hoppy twang. Interesting candied orange/lemon combination going on here, coming as much from the yeast as the hops; it's certainly not the prototypical american grapefruit bomb.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, making this a very dinkeable beer, and the moderate alcohol means it's a nice quencher.

Overall - I really like it, but it also doesn't do much to stand out either.

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Photo of hackmann
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice deep amber body with a bone white two finger head; spotty lacing; almost ruddy brown on the second half of the bottle

Aroma: very nice aromatic nose; orange peel spice, a little summer stone fruit with a good touch of spring floral

Flavors: follows the nose, aromatic hops, floral, hint of lemon grass, undertone of stone fruit, light earthy yeast

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, light bitterness on the back and aftertaste, light earthy yeast lingers on the palate

To the Point: a tasty ale, sorry it’s not a hop bomb, I will buy a couple more on my next visit.

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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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