Friday, December 27, 2013

Numazu Lager - Japan - 5/6/2011

The Low Down:
Over recent years Japan has sprung up with an almost endless supply of boutique breweries, but you wouldn’t know it. That’s mainly because Asahi and Sapporo practically own the country. While visiting, we had Asahi mints, cakes, and chocolates.

The Baird range of beers all sport spectacular names, like Rising Sun Pale Ale and Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale, in the tradition of the Brewdogs and Mikellers from who it is obvious they take some influence.

Brewdog and Mikeller are actually fairly correct comparisons, this beer is slick.

Packaging: 8/10
The range has a uniform theme with quality hand draw illustrations.
Refreshment: 7/10
Really light and dry. A little too heavy to be a session beer but very capable of thirst satiation.
Flavour 9/10:
Unbelievably complex for a lager. Caramel, malt, citrus, doughnut, and ginger. Yes, I said doughnut.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.2%. I feel like any more might subtract from the magic.
Price: 6/10
$8.25. Yes it is more expensive than it needs to be, but this is the premium you pay for world leading microbreweries.
Total: 37/50

Do I need to say sashimi? It’s a perfect match for ginger, wasabi, soy, and seafood.