Japanese Name: グランドキリン ホップフルーティ
Release: Sept. 23, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥245 @FamilyMart
Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart recently received Grand Kirin Hop Fruity, making this Grand Kirin release the third in a series of convenience store limited brews. This Japanese beer is an all malt beer using Nelson Sauvin hops, to deliver fruit and bitterness to the brew. Down the hatch!
This Grand Kirin has a very light color, denoting its stated medium body. Aromas of fresh cut grass and sweet herbs, with a hint of citrus come off the pour. Bitterness engulfs the lips and tongue during my first taste. It’s very light in flavor without much depth, “fresh” hops being the key. Let me tell you, those hops don’t know how to stop, they just keep going and going. The bitterness builds through the mid-palate and down the throat locking it in a vice. It’s an unnecessary amount for such a lightly flavored beer, very medicine-y.
So, I’m trying dig deep and find something good to say about Hop Fruity. It doesn’t have a lot going for it (even the naming is bad), as I’ve got half a glass left. When you pop the cap of these familiar Grand Kirin bottles, you expect something different. And I think Hop Fruity delivers here, it has a taste that you’ve probably never experienced before. Take in the aromas from the freshly opened bottle, they’re wonderful. The first taste is excellent… with a grassy freshness, a little bitterness, and hints of citrus… and then you swallow. The bitterness just kicks in hard like it’s trying to choke your tonsils. There is a medicine-like acidic aftertaste that vaguely tastes like vomit, and that is why I shall not buy another one of these. There’s a first time for everything, and this time Grand Kirin Hop Fruity gets a thumbs down.