Japanese Name: サントリ MDゴールデンドライ
Release: Feb. 6, 2007
Purchase Price: ￥128 @Yamaya
Suntory’s MD Golden Dry was the last happoushu brew in the Magnum Dry lineage. Originally produced as Super Hops Magnum Dry in 1999, Super Magnum Dry in 2002, and Magnum Dry in 2007, MD Golden Dry’s production ended in June of 2012. After hearing the news last summer, I headed out to search for one for the Beers of Japan blog, and happened to find one lone can at import food and liquor store, Yamaya. After half a year, I’ve finally gotten around to drinking it!
MD Golden Dry pours out a with a golden hue in the glass, while the aroma of alcohol prevails. On the tip to mid-tongue there is a lot of effervescence that leaves a tingling sensation. It goes down smooth with just a hint of bitterness and no harsh or off-putting aftertaste as the bubbles tickle the back of the throat.
Suntory discontinued a surprisingly refreshing beverage to concentrate on the “new genre” market. And while MD Golden Dry lacked the boldness of a beer, it had a dry aftertaste without any unappetizing sweetness. It was an all around good drink at a price point that didn’t break the bank. After tasting MD Golden Dry for the first time, I have to say it would have made an excellent every day drink. I’m sorry to have found out too late. Lastly, on an empty stomach I am definitely feeling the alcohol:-) Cheers!