Japanese Name: アサヒ 深煎りの秋
Release: Aug. 19, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥112?? @Aeon
For the fall of 2014, Asahi has produced a brand new third tier brew entitled Fuka-iri no Aki. The name stems from the use of fuka-iri malt, meaning deep roasted malt. Even before popping the top, I’m expecting a darker brew with lots of flavor.
Pouring Fukairi no Aki into the glass, its malty aroma permeates the surrounding air. There’s also a strong tang with hints of alcohol present. As expected, it does have a deep amber color. The first gulp fills the mouth with tongue tickling effervescence, it has a very sharp front with acidity immediately puckering the cheeks and numbing the mouth. As for flavor, Fukairi is surprisingly light. The roasted malt, caramel, or other flavors you might expect just are not here. The finish has lots of tang and a slight bitterness.
For a low cost new genre beverage, Fukairi no Aki is not bad, but I can’t say it’s good either. Aside from the color of the roasted malt, little flavor is imparted. And I guess I was expecting a tad bit much from this autumn limited brew, and in the end Fukairi is just too bland to make me want to drink over my daily brew this fall.