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Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale | 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: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown ale brewed with brown rice.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
35
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass."

--Japanese proverb

Ripe apricot orange with honeybee colored highlights. The pour produced half a glass full of foam that is lightly toasted marshmallow in hue. It's pretty sticky too and is decorating all available surfaces in fine fashion.

The nose is interesting in that this brew smells like a brown ale. I've never run across a beer this light in color that smelled this dark (relatively speaking). Mild cocoa notes and musky hops dominate. Maybe it's the roasted brown rice.

Genmai is a type of brown rice that becomes something called arare when it's roasted. That isn't a typical ingredient in beer, but then Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten isn't Sierra Nevada or Goose Island. In any case, it isn't that wild and crazy... and it works very well.

The flavor profile is strikingly similar to the flavor profile of a well-brewed American brown ale. It makes sense that roasting rice would be similar to roasting barley since they're both grains. Other than cocoa powder, we have roasted coffee beans, musky-earthy hops and a nonspecific fruitiness from the ale yeast.

The mouthfeel is fine and dandy for a 5.1% ABV. Actually, the silky creaminess and near perfect carbonation is tempting me to pull the trigger on the next highest score.

Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale is both delicious and interesting... but it isn't an English pale ale. It's a true original from the Land of the Rising Sun. A purchase price of $8.39 is pretty steep, but I love it when out-of-the-box ingredients result in good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of sdderek
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm really digging this unique beer. The label says it's "brewed with water, malted barley, brown rice, & hops". It's got a good taste to it and I must say that I'm impressed!

A - It's pretty cloudy, and a head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - I can't quite place the smell...but I do know it's inviting!

T - Such a unique taste...but maybe that's because I've been drinking too many double IPA's lately! :) I like it!

M - The beer definitely lays heavy in your mouth and maybe that's why it feels a little over-carbonated.

D - Not bad at all. I'lll drink it again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. no date or batch code found. tasted in late may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

golden copper w amber tint. clear on first pours (sediment decanted). 1-finger off-white head, fades to constant thin layer. splotchy lacing, sparse at first, then some better rings later.

aroma: hint of skunk upfront. disappates quickly. very subtle english pale ale aromas, w toasted malt and apple esters, but faint. brown rice comes in at the back, very earthy and nutty.

taste: brown rice explodes on palate tho. subtle pale ale profile is backbone, with mild to moderate english hop bitterness to balance, but focus is on the nutty brown rice, i think. still a trace of skunkiness though.

light to medium body, very smooth with touch of acidity and astringency. mild to moderate carbonation is tingly but helps w body and smoothness.

NOTE: i tasted samples of this when the brewer (a nice guy, but barely spoke any english) visited julios (along with baird) in late april 2009, during the craft brewers conference in boston. it was only just being imported for the first time by the sheltons, and was a very uniquely flavorful ale at the time, with none of the apparent skunk from the bottle reviewed above. the brown rice character was stronger then too. i even got this one direct from the case, just to make sure.

further, i tried another bottle a week or so later, also direct from the case: same skunkiness. also, the brown rice flavor had faded drastically.

maybe this just needs to be consumed fresh? i don't know how the skunkiness got in there though.

anyway, the scores are partially adjusted to reflect how pleasantly intrigued i was when i first sampled it back in april 2009.

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Photo of sessycuban
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a copper color. Very tight head.

S - This beer smells exactly like mugicha. I really think this is the best way to describe the smell.

T - The genmai flavor is very pronounced. Brown rice, sweet bread, toasted grains.

M - Medium bodied. A bit acrid.

D - Honestly, since I think it smells and tastes like mugicha, I'd rather just have mugicha. With that said, I'm glad I tried it and encourage others to do so as well. The Shelton Bros. are bringing some very interesting Japanese beers into their portfolio.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy brown with an orange hue. Thinner creme head. Flavor is a bit tangy really. Not precisely balanced. Lots of caramel here as well. Did I say a lot? Seems to be a bit of a hoppy bite on the backside. Lots of malt here as well. Feel is boisterous on carbonation and the liquid is a bit thicker. Overall this is okay. Kind of out of balance and too loud in certain places. Decent enough. I guess.

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Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale from Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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