Yokohama XPA Extra Pale Ale
Sankt Gallen Brewery

Yokohama XPA Extra Pale AleYokohama XPA Extra Pale Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #4,187
Ranked #27,795
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Sankt Gallen Brewery
Very Good
Yokohama XPA Extra Pale AleYokohama XPA Extra Pale Ale
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Photo of flyingpig
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Liquors Hasegawa, Tokyo Station, Tokyo (¥518):
Not a bad beer to finish my run of Japanese beer reviews, this one was quite a fresh and lively offering that had some nice pine and citrus hops with plenty bitterness but my biggest complaint was definitely how light it started on the nose. Initially opening with a pine and grassy hop aroma, the beer was quite light and there wasn't a whole lot going on until the taste with more of a floral bitterness and some bread malts a little further on. It was an interesting offering and one that I'd glad I managed to pick up but there are better IPA's out there.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is not very appetizing with some grass and pine, bread and caramel, and a touch of orange and grapefruit. The orange-ish gold body is mostly clear, and the head is off-white in color. The flavor is mostly characterized by bitter resin with bready malt beneath the surface. There is also some light fruitiness—orange and grapefruit again. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light with light carbonation.

Not very appealing overall. The aroma seems like a confused combination of hops and malt, while the flavor is dominated by the piney, bitter hops but otherwise tastes somewhat watery. Worth another try, at any rate.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The receptionist at my hostel tells me this beer purports to be made with 'very special water'.

A: Slightly dulled copper body with a lovely white head and great lacing.

S: Generic American IPA smell – orange peel and earthy.

T: Nice and bitter, earthy, sharp and snappy. Dry aswell, but the orange peel finish suggests sweetness. Some tea in there.

M: Quite fizzy.

O: A decent but very generic American IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my little hotel tumbler

Pours clear golden with a coppery ting, medium sized light beige head that clumps and clings along the edge of the glass, plenty of carbonation action. Smell is grapefruit and flowers, but mild.

Taste is grapefruit rind bitterness with some orangey sweetness behind it.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, I like it. Not terribly exciting, but good.

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Photo of shigg85
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my 200th different brew! Having a UK pint of this cask brew at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Clazziquai Project is singing a funky Korean slow-jam into my ears as I enjoy this foggy Gucci leather-colored pale ale. Nice and frothy, cream-colored head on this with a mouthfeel like whipped butter. Wonderful hop scent strolling over the rim of this brew. Beautiful lacing around the glass like a hyena, all mixed up between spots and stripes and random patterns. Keeps a memorable residue on my lips, inviting me to keep tasting it in its traces. Mikan orange and yuzu come through this brew... a distinctly Japanese flavor. As I drink this, it gets smoother and smoother like egg pudding. The lacing reminds me of the varying strata of the Grand Canyon now, telling the story of my sips like the eons of our land's history. As the beer starts to take effect, Crazy Ken Band suavely comes singing of Monte Carlo and Yokohama, coincidentally referencing the brew I'm drinking now. Perfect timing. The upbeat track matches the increasing tingle through my thighs that makes me want to shake my hips on a dance floor. As I read the description of this beer here at Vivo, it says this brew was in the category for the 2011 World Beer Award for World Best IPA. It is definitely an excellent brew in my opinion. Cornelius' "Like a Rolling Stone" comes on as I finish this fruity, hoppy, complex, wonderful brew. Highly recommended as a whole and definitely compared to other American IPAs.

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Yokohama XPA Extra Pale Ale from Sankt Gallen Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 11 ratings