Japanese Name: アサヒ オリオン 沖縄だより
Release: Jul. 23, 2013
Type: Liqueur (発泡性)
Purchase Price: ￥141 @Lawson
Just released to the masses of Japan yesterday was Okinawa Dayori (spelled diary in the western world), a joint venture by brewers Asahi and Orion (an Asahi subsidiary). On the can Asahi provided the “clear hop aroma” technology while Orion utilized their proprietary double filtration process and Yanbaru spring water, in addition to brewing the sucker. So, the question is how does it taste.
In the glass, it has a dark golden hue, darker than many Japanese lagers. It definitely has a nice hoppy malt aroma, but lurking deep-deep underneath is a mediciney shadow, ever-so faint ammonia?? Maybe it’s just me… Anyway, gulp it down and you’ll find some bitterness that tickles the tip of the tongue. It’s got a fuller body, silky texture in the mouth. I didn’t want to write this at first, but there is some corn flavor on the mid-palate, checking the can corn is an ingredient… surprising, but this is the third tier category, anything goes. The finish is clean with a touch of sweetness and a little tang.
In the end, Asahi and Orion have done a pretty good job here. Okinawa Dayori is a decent new genre brew. Those of you who have not settled on a cheap brand might probably consider drinking this one over the summer months. I do think there are more appealing third tier brews currently on the market for my tastes, but if you’re the adventurous type do give Okinawa Dayori a go.