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

Ise Kadoya Genmai AleIse Kadoya Genmai Ale
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Ise Kadoya Genmai AleIse Kadoya Genmai Ale

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date evident
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

The Genmai Ale is an interesting toasted brown rice ale in the Ise Kadoya Brewery's portfolio. It offers unique characteristics of Japanese toasted brown rice, pineapple, and wild yeast funk that meld together into an at first awkward, but gradually quite palatable combination. Unique and interesting enough to be something to keep an eye out for and pick up a bottle again if seen.

As others have pointed out, this is a gusher of a bottle, so open it over the sink and have your glass immediately ready.

Pours a very creamy off-white head that is perpetually present during the entire time I am drinking this beer, declining to about a 0.5cm cap and leaving good lacing. Body is golden yellow-brown in color, cloudy, but some carbonation is still visible.

Aromas of dust, roasted brown rice (genmai tea), apparent wild yeast character (funk), slightly medicinal scents, faint pineapple. The funk is slightly off-putting with the rest of these elements, but I grew to enjoy it during the course of the beer.

Tasting offers pineapple, toasted brown rice (again, genmai tea), caramel malt, wild yeast elements (funk), and a bit of vague spiciness. Nice aftertaste of toasted brown rice and slight bitterness. The taste was interesting, complex, and featured rice fairly prominently, as advertised.

Mouthfeel is creamy in the back, like a stout or porter. Medium-light in body with soft, though generous, carbonation leading to this creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at State Line liquors in Elkton, MD. poured chilled into a tulip.

A - Dark golden/pale shade w/ neverending thick white cap. The bead is fine + retention is lasting. The beer has translucent clarity

S - Smell is of grain but toasted rice in particular, like soba buckwheat tea w/ a mild pale malt and hop aroma in the background

M - A nice crisp bitterness alongside toasted rice feel w/ clean dry finish. A mellow alcohol and moderately seltzer like carbonation

T - While the nose and feel are both very good, some of the brown rice and beer flavor gets lost with the high carbonation level. It has a mild toasted rice taste and slight bitterness but it is pretty mild tasting IMO w/ light malt flavors and generally standard hops to balance w/ dry clean flavors overall

D - A refreshing and fresh tasting beer w/ subtle taste of rice, fits the style ok, I would probably choose this for a warm day or paired w/ duck or fatty fish like salmon.

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Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from Julios. I enjoy drinking genmaicha so I wanted to give this a go. Really glad I tried this.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip. I can happily say there was no massive volcano with my bottle upon opening, though, no matter how slow I poured a massive three finger fluffy head that dissolved somewhat fast. That being said, a quarter inch thick blanket remained throughout the drink. This head sat atop what was a nearly crystal clear dark brownish orange, though a little sediment got in and quickly clouded it up.

S - Somewhat confusing. There are nice citrus notes, oranges and such. Getting a little hop aroma and the brown rice is there in the background too.

T - Wow, this stuff is deliciously weird. Initially there is that orange/citrus aspect, along with some spicy malt characters and then WHAM I've got a mouthfull of roasted brown rice. This is crazy, its like drinking a cold glass of genmaicha.

M - This really kills this beer. Now, I do enjoy nice carbonation with my beer, but this is way too much. Very high carbonation, fountain drink level of carbonation. It distracts and detracts from the brew.

D - I really, really enjoyed this. Do I think "enlglish pale ale" when I drink this? Not even close as far as I'm concerned. That being said this is definately a genmai ale. If you buy this looking for a epa then you will most certainly be let down, however, if you buy this based on the concept...based on the "Oh, this will hopefully taste like Genmaicha?" then you will certainly get your moneys worth. I would definately buy this again, though would be nervous of getting an infected bottle or a volcano.

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +14.6%
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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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
Beer rating: 48.6% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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