Japanese Name: グランド キリン ジ・アロマ
Release: Nov. 12, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥238 @7-eleven (330 mL bottle)
7-11, the first to bring Grand Kirin to market, has upped the bar with the next level in expensive brews, Specialty Premium Grand Kirin The Aroma. Crafted from American bravo hops with Kirin’s dip hop brewing method, its ingredient list is quite interesting, listing both malted barley as well as malted wheat, in addition to lactose. In any case, on to the show!
This ultra premium beer pours out into the glass with a deep golden hue. Immediately present is a very fruity aroma, a strong presence of lychee fruit along with a hefty serving of malt. In the mouth The Aroma has a very creamy thick feel on the tongue. Its bitterness puckers the cheeks and tingles the tip of the tongue, although the hoppy bitterness eases up its grasp as the beer goes down the throat. It leaves in its wake only full bodied beer flavor and just a hint of fruity sweetness.
Grand Kirin The Aroma leaves you wanting to reach for another bottle, only to find sadness as you realize you only bought one. With complexities not found in your everyday Japanese lager, The Aroma is a must try. Find yours at any 7-eleven convenience store across Japan. Cheers!