This is Not a Caipirinha
Japas Cervejaria

This is Not a CaipirinhaThis is Not a Caipirinha
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From:
Japas Cervejaria
 
Brazil
Style:
Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #443
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,666
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
41
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 13, 2022
Added:
Nov 24, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  3
SCORE
87
Very Good
This is Not a CaipirinhaThis is Not a Caipirinha
Notes: Balsamo wood-aged Imperial Sour with Yuzu, Buddha's Hand and Sudachi.
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Ratings by Superiorspud:
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Rated by Superiorspud from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Very nice flavor. Citrus and light.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
16oz can from Halftime. Orange pour with no head, fine streams of carbonation. Floral, limes aroma. Taste is sweet and tart, citrusy, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Tartness lingers as taste fades
Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a sizzling, sudsy white head that speeds away from this beer and loads of bubbles climbing the glass. Tart green apples lead the nose, and are joined by a nice lemon lime aroma. This is like an apple cider 7-Up on my amateur nose.

The lemon lime is forward on the taste, with tart, sour apples in the background. This drinks really easily for an 8% ABV, primarily because the mouthfeel is so bright and crisp.

I’m not the biggest sour fan, but this is really well done, IMHO.
Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Mortarforker from Texas

Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Finally, another one. Pouring one (or more) out for Trevor Strnad tonight. Tulip. This one pours a clear, bubbly gold. Plenty of white foam that fades fast, leaving you looking at a glass of vigorous bubbles, like champagne. It has a smell of undefined fruits. Unfortunately, I don't know what yuzu, buddha's hand, and sudachi are like on their own, so I can't say much about it. It smells somewhat unfamiliar and a bit woody. It's also been a long time since I have had a caipirinha, so I can't compare the taste to one to one. As a kettle sour, it is quite tart. To me, it is like lemons and green apple. I think I'm getting the caipirinha cocktail vibe the more I sip. It becomes more than just one-note sour. There are some more subtle flavors going on underneath the lemon-lime burst you get first blush. It's a very light and crisp drink. You wouldn't expect it to be as heavy on the ABV as it is.

Well, I think it's a pretty tasty warm-weather drink (supposedly 82F here right now) and probably a good one for people who aren't yet into traditional beer. It's kind of like some of the tarter wines I have had, except with a slight beer aftertaste. It's quite enjoyable. I think it does achieve the goal of representing a caipirnha. Even without remembering too much about the actual drink, I somehow taste the cocktail in it.
May 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very slight haze of the amber body, topped with a modest head that quickly disappeared. Faintly sour aroma. Slightly tart. Interesting flavor: lemon, tart apple & pear, mild funk & a lime finish. Pretty much lacking the flavor profile normally associated with a beer. Feel is thin with low carbonation, more like a cider. Absolutely no hint of it’s 8%. On the positive side, it is very thirst quenching.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Looks like a cider with a weak head to go with it. No retention.

Aroma is slightly sour and somewhat fruity. The fruit is very tropical with notes of lemon, yuzu, citrus and somelime. I am not familiar enough with either Buddha's Hand or Sudachi to know if they are present on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of tropical fruit, lime, yuzu, lemon, and some other unfamiliar fruit notes. There is a certain smooth woodiness to it. Moderately tart and sour. Very refreshing.

Feel is light, crisp, bright, tart. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

This is not a Caipirinha, but it's a great homage to one. For drinkers familiar with the national cocktail of Brasil, this beer is a clever homage to the drink - right down to the aging of the beer in balsamo wood.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Stinkybean from Arizona

3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Extreme Beer selection. Great hit to the nose giving an expectation of strong light fleshed stone fruit and taste was right in line, decently balanced without being overwhelming.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint can from the Extreme Beer Box, poured into a stemless wine glass.

Light golden yellow color that transitions to near amber. Champagne like white cover that disappeared quickly.

It smells like wood aged white wine. There are citrus, sugar, and floral perfume notes.

Lime flavor blended with other citrus, sour and sweet. Dry wooden taste follows the lime.

Sugar infused sour, tart and light. Refreshing and it carries its 8% abv well.

Everything about this brew, from its name, origin, ingredients, and wine like sour texture, scream Extreme. And I like it.
Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by HaskettFambam

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
LET IT BE KNOWN: JOEL HAS FOUND A SOUR HE LIKES!

smells like cold potty (joel says it's not nitrous enough for that)
have a cookie to put in your mouth afterwood
some of us really like the smell
tastes better than it smells
under-ripe mandarins
joel says it would be good over ice with tonic water on a hot day
even those that didn't like sours liked this
okay we added some seltzer and it was delicious!
the first 5 smells were bad, 6th was the money
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by FrankCastle from California

Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Good head production, although the white foam is quickly gone. Fairly clear golden body with a bit of haze.

Wonderfully sharp aroma, with notes of citrus, wood, flowers, honey, and pale grains. Picking out individual notes is difficult, but the resulting melange is lovely.

Flavor is similar, with a pleasant but difficult to nail down blend of flavors. Light to moderately sour, and balanced by the yuzu and Buddha's hand, as well as a light to moderate sweetness.

This is a refreshing, crushable sour, despite clocking in at 8% ABV. It would also be a good brew to introduce a novice to sour beers, as it's neither too complex nor too harshly sour.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I found this one very interesting. Definitely got the citrusy flavors that I expected from yuzu. But the Budddhas hand and sudachi really bring some interesting peppery notes and springy floral components. Hints of cilantro, juniper berry, basil, and wood come is as well. I don't love it, but knowing what I do about caipirinhas, this is not...as the name said.
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Shy_Ronnie

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Stone Cold Steve Austin should start guzzling this brew post match. It tastes like a tart, crisp lemon/lime Gatorade. I was tentative about this one, but it ended up surprising me - quite refreshing and great for a post workout elixir for a middle aged wannabe athelete. I am pretty sure that it passes as a recovery drink.
Mar 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2022
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Rated by socon67 from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Spot on to the cocktail that inspires it. Sugary sweet, with a finish of tart lime. Refreshing. Finishes with a puckering sour finish.
Mar 07, 2022
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served from the can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You know that carbonated white grape juice they push around New Year's as a non-alcoholic substitution for champagne? Yeah, that's what this stuff looks like. The nose comprises agave, earthy lemon-lime, and a twinge of juniper berries. The taste is a mélange of mint, basil, mixed citrus, and pine sap, the aftertaste doing its best approximation of Squirt with a lighter carbonation. Speaking of, the body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, drying finish. I've never had the drink this is based on, so I can't comment on the adaptation, but the beer itself is pretty solid.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Carbonated white wine.
Pours golden with a medium white head that fades like a soda pop. Aroma is fruity white wine. Taste is fruity, carbonated white wine. I don't know what Balsamo wood tastes like, but there may be some smoothness provided as there are no harsh edges on this one. Same goes for the remaining named ingredients, I don't know what they are but if the goal is white wine, success. Overall, it's fruity white wine, and I'm not a wine person.
Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: With a hard pour, I was able to generate about a finger's worth of foam but it didn't last as long as it took me to type this; the liquid beneath was clear and golden; the ringlet left some dribbbles of lacing

Smell: Lemon, lime and a Tequila-like aroma, along with a perfumed fruity element that reminds me of a Mojito

Taste: Moderately tart fruit tones forward, with lemon, lime and starfruit elements; the wood emerges, in the middle, bringing flavors in the direction of, but not quite, cedar; the finish is dry and moderately tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: This one is subtle but clearly different; being unfamiliar with these fruits and a Caipirinha, I had to think hard to wrap my vocabulary around my descriptions
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a pleasant beer with a fairly unique taste. Taste is fruity, citrus, and woodsy with a pleasing tartness.

Poured it from a can into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with brief white head and little lacing. Exotic fruity smell. Good feel. A good one from the Extreme Beer Box.
Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by daveroberts88 from New York

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Curmudgeon from Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Look: Crystal clear gold. Aggressive pour yielded a frothy white billowy head at first but dissipated quickly to no head.
Smell: Cat pee and white wine. Some floral notes.

Taste: Dry white wine. Sour. Cool feeling of alcohol evaporation in mouth. White grape. Puckering.

Feel: Thin body. I want to say low carbonation but I do pour aggressively.

Overall: If white wine is your thing, you might enjoy this. I’m not a big white wine fan in general.
Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.39 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The can pour is an optically clear gold with only a slight ring of fine, white foam.
The aroma is of sour apple and rose petals.
The flavor includes unique fruit flavors. Some are grape and apple-like. The floral aspect is in the flavor too. Lemon-tartness and malt are prominent.
The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
This is pretty unique.
Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.8 by Jamesashass from Montana

Feb 24, 2022
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Rated by Lordkevin from California

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Good sour but is definitely not a caipirinha.
Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by NextJen from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This Is Not A Caipiirinha from Japas Cervejaria. 16 oz can part of the BeerAdvocate 2022 Extreme Beer Box from Halftime, Poughkeepsie, NY. $132.49 (Including tax and shipping), $0.720/oz. Stored at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 23/2/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on can bottom “canned on 1/12/22”. Served at 43.3 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.0 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 3), clear.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), medium density off-white, fizzy with short retention, ending with neither crown nor cap. Several minutes after the head has disappeared, the insistent carbonation manages to produce a one mm ring of bubbles.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Slightly sour with lemon and some aromas I don’t recognize. Overall, very light.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter, with lemon. No hops, no malt, no yeast. A bit of wood on the aftertaste, but definitely different from the usual oak, more like poplar. Alcohol (8% ABV, as marked on container) is well hidden. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 To me, yuzu seems to add a lemony note – I have no reference points for Buddha’s hand and sudachi. The wood barrel notes remind me of the smell of poplar rather than the taste of oak. The mild sourness and dryness make this a very refreshing brew - a rare sour for which I’d drive a hundred miles for a case purchase.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Extreme Beer Box of 2022. Pours a light amber that looks like beer, short head, moderate carbonation. Very little on the nose past a vague citris. Taste is like one of citrus breakfast beverages you get in Japanese hotels....citrus with that foreign touch you can't quite place. Likely due to the use of Asian fruits that are a rarity in North America. No real evidence of wood aging, but may be too subtle for us. It's good, maybe could use a bit more body. The 8% ABV is well concealed, like a Brazilian Caipirinha, hence the name. Refreshing in its own way.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Skiblair from California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The head was white, but dissipated quickly. The beer looks flat, but you can taste the carbonation. You just can’t see it. I smell some funk, fruit, and booze. It does not taste boozy, tastes TART. It is refreshing. It was interesting to taste such a creative beer from a group of young ladies with a shared cultural connection.
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.82 by Violentvixen from Oregon

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a see-thru gold-tinted body with almost no head or lace. Aroma that I can't quite place but it reminded me of different herbal teas I've had recently. Good balance between an herbal dryness and some puckering acidity, with a light and juicy sweetness that has a grassy finish. Easy to drink and the sour aspects aren't overpowering and is something different that is worth trying.
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Isay_Isay from Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Can from Extreme Beer Box 2022. Very light sour with subtle lemon flavor. Good palette cleanser after some of the heavier offerings
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.62 by Punkey from California

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Jrc3isme

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not a fan of sours, but this one was not bad at all. Tasted more like a cider to me
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by anim8d from Idaho

4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Extreme Beerfest beer. Killer sour beer, with amazing aroma and taste. I would buy this one... excellent, and delivers on tartness they promised.
Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.9 by Stealth862 from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2022
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 77 ratings