Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale | Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery

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Ise Kadoya Genmai AleIse Kadoya Genmai Ale

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Nikenjayamochi Kadoya Honten Co. / Ise Kadoya Brewery

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

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushed foam on opening and poured an initial glass of foam that settled into a murky amber color with a three finger white, fluffy head that was slow to dissipate. It looks excellent once settled, like a good Belgian ale. Scents of brett sourness, with undertones of caramel, some wine like aromas, a slight metallic tang, sour fruit and slight earthy aromas. An incredibly unique aroma, not at all what I was expecting, a very original ale with a very Belgian sour aroma. Quite nice. Flavor begins with a sour funk and a somewhat sweet caramel malt and earthy base, along with what I can only call Belgian yeast spiciness. This carries through into the finish where it is joined by a toasted rice flavor. There is also a slight bitterness in the background. A very unique flavor profile, quite unlike anything I have had, though reminiscent of Belgian sours in some ways. The genmai really changes the beer though and adds unique toasted rice flavors that are quite welcome and work with the sour, wild yeast character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel and moderate, yet soft, carbonation. A very easy to drink beer as a result and it goes down quite smooth. Overall this is a good, very unique beer. The wild aroma and flavor work with the toasted rice to create a beer unlike any I have had. It's refreshing, easy to drink and unique in flavor. Recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, not bad. Had no idea what to expect, really. Poured with a nice sized foamy frothy thick cream colored head and some lace. Color is a hazy medium dark amber. Aroma is a bit sour, malty spicey floral and earth. Flavor's like aroma with the odd brown rice (I guess) flav that is in there. Actually works quite well. Good body and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and strangely seems a little boozy. Refreshing and easy drinking. A fun brew. Session for sure

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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 philosobeer
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet with my AMANDEBATES. Bought at Lush on south Halsted in Chicago.

A - High head no matter how slow I poured it diminishing. Cloudy and with some sediment. It... is not a looker. But ... it's brown.

S - Anise and licorice, with some hop spiciness. I would have expected this was a beer spiced with cuminseed and mustard leaves. I don't know is in this thing. Whoa.

T - Cumin. Hops. Grain sweetness. Pungent spicy flavors. This is a very complex, tasty beer. It claims to be malt, hops, yeast and water, but I taste something more than the sum of its parts. Really worth a try just for this,, but it's pretty delicious.

M - Sharp carbonation is a little oveer the top. Hop and spice levels make this hard to handle.

D - This is one of those beers that's good enough unique enough where you don't even think about things like alcohol content.

Definitely interesting.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head slowly dissipates and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Spicy yeast notes of clove and pineapple with some bready malt and a bit of tart funk.

T - Spicy wheat up front with some pineapple yeast character. Funky notes of wet earth and more tropical fruit in the middle. A light note of clove leads into the finish with some dry toasty malt and light acidity.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - English Brown... yeah, not so much. Even if is wasn't funky, it isn't brown, but whatever you want to call it, it is a pretty interesting brew. The malt character is bready with just a little bit of dry toffee character that reminds me of a good Belgian Golden. This impression is enhanced by the subtle wild yeast character. There is nothing on the label to indicate that it is intended to be a sour beer, but it works so well that I have to assume it is intentional.

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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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