Japanese Name: アサヒ ジャパンゴールド
Release: July 3, 2012
Purchase Price: ￥??
Four years pass by pretty quickly; it was at this time my journey to Japan began. Well, 2012 brings the London Olympics and Asahi has chosen to celebrate the Japanese athletes with a new genre brew called Asahi Japan Gold. For this happousei brew, Asahi has chosen to use Kent Golding hops imported from England. These hops are are supposed to impart a smooth sweet taste on the beer, so let’s see how it tastes.
In the glass, the color is deep golden, more so than your typical Japanese brew. The first gulp is very nice. Asahi Japan Gold has a very smooth malty flavor with some yeasty notes. It also has a very nice sweetness imparted from the hops. This new genre is not your typical cheap beer! Its well rounded smooth drinking makes you want to reach for another… and another.
A couple weeks ago at the drug store, I saw a man buying a whole case of Asahi Japan Gold. After drinking a couple cans, I can see why, and I might just have to do the same. This is once delicious drinking new genre brew, and while the world’s athletes have their eyes set on Olympic Gold, I’ll have mine set on Japan Gold from Asahi!