Suginoya Amber Ale | Suginoya Brewery (Hamachi Shuzo K.K.)

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Suginoya Brewery (Hamachi Shuzo K.K.)

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 02-21-2006

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by GreatPondBrewer:
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3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is something of a godsend for me. A good friend of mine did a visa run to Fukuoka and came back with some of the local beer. I held off on cracking this for as long as I could, but with my beer choices in ROK so limited I was unable to hold out.

Poured a nice pale amber color which recedes into a dark golden-yellow tint further down the glass. The head was nice and fluffy at first like a downy white pillow. It slowly deflated leaving a barely off white slick on top spotted with small bubbles and ever so little lacing. The smell was not much to whiff at really. Some biscuity notes floated in and out as well as a damp grass note that seemed to dominate the nose. It reminded me a little of a Molson Export Ale. The taste however was quite pleasing. Not an overly complex taste with some bread flavors in the front and just a hint of butterscotch or diacetyl. As it rolled to the back of my tongue I got a clear dose of hops and it ended off with a melding of cracker and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. It was a very smooth drink with very little in the way of carbonation which is a-okay with me. This was a special treat that I can't really expect to get a lot so it was well savored. All in all a good beer and easily something to session with.

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Photo of kofukasho
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of checkfeet
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: quite light for an amber, orangey-straw colored, weak head, thin lacing.

Nose: floral, summer flowers: daisies, marigolds, sweet pumpkin

Taste: quite malty up front, leading to a dry aftertaste, a little grainy-sweetness in the middle, a little caramel. Nothing too striking, though. The mouthfeel is a little light overall.

Quite light and drinkable, you could session a few, but if you're paying for a Japanese micro, you can find something a bit more special.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Scott for this bottle.

a - Amber color, with smallish head.
s - Strong hoppy aroma, with a light medium roast malt.
t - Soapy, thin dry malt, faulty funky bitter finish.
m - Overcarbonated and thin.
d - This beer was a let down after starting out with such a promising nose. Suginoya Brewery is at almost every brewery, and I look forward to trying their other wares, but will pass on their amber ale.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mellow yellowy amber-orange, very clear but thick-looking with slow-moving, small bubbles. Head is pearly in color with pretty good retention. I think it should be darker, though. This looks like an ESB.

Smell: Creme brulee-cotton candy burnt sugar, potent toasty biscuit notes, honeysuckle, peanut butter, vanilla, cornbread, buckwheat pancakes. Just a hint of hops, estery and leafy.

Taste: Nice and crisply hoppy, more bitter than I expected from the nose. Toasty and biscuity, with some unexpected diacetyl and a hearty but somewhat watered-down grainy, nutty malt base. Bread crust, aspirin, Campari, caramel, and birch bark come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Soft and feathery, but also a bit snappy and not too light. Well matched to the flavor.

Drinkability: This is a decent, if boring, amber ale that might be better classified as an ESB. The malts need a bit more oomph; otherwise it is a tasty beer that's quite easy to drink.

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Suginoya Amber Ale from Suginoya Brewery (Hamachi Shuzo K.K.)
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