Japanese Name: サッポロ 麦とホップ＜贅沢初摘み＞
Release: Nov. 13, 2013
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥100 @Valor (6-Pack)
The latest in Sapporo’s Mugi to Hop line is Zeitaku Hatsu Tsumami, meaning “luxurious first pick.” Zeitaku Hatsu Tsumami uses freshly harvested Saaz hops from the Czech Republic to create this new genre brew in a style that closely mimics fresh hop beer flavors at an affordable price.
Poured out into the glass, Zeitaku Hatsu Tsumami has a very pale straw color and a nicely formed head, giving off a flowery fragrant nose. In the mouth, your first gulp will envelop your taste buds in a lovely tart, transitioning to a nice bitterness in the back of the throat. As expected Hatsu Tsumami has a very fresh hoppy flavor, much like Kirin’s Toretate Hop.
At less than half the cost of Toretate Hop, this third tier beer is a definite winner. Sapporo Mugi to Hop Zeitaku Hatsu Tsumami is one of the tastiest new genre beers to date, and I ended up buying it by the case-full. Where I live, Zeitaku Hatsu Tsumami is long gone from the store shelves, although I do see it at some of the convenience stores. Do give this one a try if you’re into those fresh hop brews.