Japanese Name: サッポロ 麦とホップ Ｔｈｅ ｇｏｌｄ
Release: Feb. 4, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥100 @Aoki (6-Pack)
Question, how does a beer brewer get around brewing laws to create a beer-taste beverage that is states its rich taste as “produced by carefully-selected high quality barley and hops?” It must be some form of industrial sorcery! Yet here we have Sapporo’s Mugi to Hop The Gold, made with Rich Gold malt and Golden Aroma hops, and is the reason for “The gold” in its title. We’ll have to see if Mugi to Hop The gold can hold on to its space in my refrigerator.
The gold pours out very nicely into the glass, with lots of tiny bubbles forming the head. It does have a comforting at home golden color, a shade deeper than some Japanese brews. The nose is very refreshing with a hint of sweetness. In the first gulp there’s not much flavor up front, however the bitterness kicks in mid-palate and lingers down the throat. It has sharp acidic notes, like apple juice with the sweetness that comes through. This sweetness also imparts a fuller body to this brew.
Since release, I’ve probably gone through about 2 or 3 cases of Sapporo Mugi to Hop The gold. In comparison to the original, which was my daily drinker, The gold has much more bitterness. However, it’s almost medicine-like, such as the coating on aspirin pills. Truth be told, I wish Mugi to Hop would go back to the original recipe… think Coca-Cola Classic. Sapporo sure did put a lot of bitterness into The gold, but its industrial manufactured flavor is just too fake. Since I started drinking The gold I’ve gotten used to the flavor, so for now Sapporo Mugi to Hop The gold is still my daily. But watch out Sapporo, I’m ready to jump ship!