Japanese Name: サッポロ 道産素材 〜セレクト〜
Release: Feb. 16, 2010
Purchase Price: ￥138 est.
Utilizing over 75% of the ingredients produced in Hokkaido, Sapporo created Dosan Sozai Select in refreshing “happoushu” fashion. For their 2010 iteration Sapporo raised the alcohol level 0.5% to 5.5%, and increased the malt by 10% for improved flavor.
Pouring the beer into the glass, you immediately notice the light clear color. The first gulp fills your mouth with the bitter aroma from the hops, slowly dissipating on the mid to back of the mouth, ending with a nice malty finish.
The overall flavor profile is very Super Dry-ish, on the light side and very clean. Being a happoushu rather than a dai-san, its ingredients are more closely related to beer, and as a result Dosan Sozai does not have any unappealing aftertastes or sweetness.
If you’re looking for a taste of this beer, you’ll have to turn to an online vendor. Sapporo stopped last year’s production in December, and it was also only available in Hokkaido. Cheer’s to Andy again, for sending me this Hokkaido limited brew.