Japanese Name: サッポロ ラガーズハイ
Release: Apr. 21, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥102 @Aeon
Just released today is Lager’s High from Sapporo. Brewed exclusively for the Aeon Group for a limited production run, Lager’s High features the use of three types of select hops and a seven percent alcohol by volume that will surely make the walls spin after a few.
This new genre brew pours out a fairly deep gold in the glass, with a generous amount of creamy foam. Lager’s High sports a malty aroma that does not come with an overpowering alcohol odor. The first mouthful contains a hearty body with a round malt flavor and a decent amount of bitterness. The 7% ABV is a bit overpowering, and you can really taste the alcohol across the palate, especially on the backend.
Sadly to say, I’m not a huge fan of the third tier brews with their 7% ABV. The alcohol completely takes over and masks any of the decent ingredients used. Lager’s High’s front to mid flavors are very nice, being full-bodied and well-rounded. However, the back end’s hoppy bitterness is overridden by the alcohol content. The finishing flavor is just acrid bitterness. Sapporo usually does well in the new genre category, but I’ll have to pass on Lager’s High. There are better fish in the sea.