Kirin Ichiban Shibori Toretate Hop (2014)

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Japanese Name: キリン 一番搾り とれたてホップ (2014)
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Oct. 28, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer(ビール)
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥181 @Yamaya

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Tasting Notes:
2014 marks the 51st year Kirin has cooperated with Tono City to procure hops for its brews. This year’s Ichiban Shibori Toretate Hop is once again made with freshly picked hops from Tono, and is all malt crafted in the Ichiban Shibori method. Kirin’s Toretate Hop is one of my favorite seasonal Japanese beers, so here’s the rundown on the 2014 vintage.

Toretate Hop pours out a lovely golden color in the glass. It has a flowery honey-like nose. The first gulp shows off a delicate citrusy tang, leaving some bitterness on the lips. The flavors screech to a halt mid-palate leaving only the hoppy bitterness on the back carried by the effervescence.

Throughout the can, Toretate Hop provides a very different approach to what you might expect. The hops are really the star here. Yes, it has a depth of flavor that is not present in the new genre relm, yet it is surprisingly light. Flavors of citrus and honey show of this years harvest, while the malty depth takes a step back. I was looking for some fresh “greenness” in this year’s brew, but it was not to be. Kirin’s Toretate Hop continues to intrigue me.

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