Japanese Name: アサヒ クリアアサヒ 摘みたてホップ
Release: Nov. 26, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥113 @Yamaya
Asahi has also joined the freshly picked hops game from its new genre brand Clear Asahi, with Tsumitate Hop. It is made with freshly picked hops from Yamagata Prefecture. While I don’t expect this one to surpass the Japanese beers from Kirin and Suntory, we can see if this brew offers some good bang for the buck.
Tsumitate Hop pours out a very clear gold in the glass. The head pours nicely but disappears right away. On the nose is some hop, but is overwhelmed by the strong metallic, alcohol smell that is often present in the third tier brews. It’s very clean drinking, not much depth of flavor but some nice pine-like bitterness from the hops comes through mid to the back of the palate.
For a new genre brew, Asahi’s Tsumitate Hop is decent. It’s very clean drinking, but lacks any kind of malty depth that I look for in my brews. The bitterness is nice, but very one directional; there aren’t any other flavor components to balance the bitterness. In the end, it was a worthy effort, but not something I would pick up over my daily brew.