Asahi Craftsmanship Dry Pale Ale

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Japanese Name: アサヒ クラフトマンシップ ドライペールエール
Brewer: Asahi
Release: Mar. 24, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 5.5%
Purchase Price: ¥249 @Popula

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Tasting Notes:
Placed on convenience store shelves just last month was Asahi’s second brew in its Craftsmanship series, Dry Pale Ale. It is an all malt beer using Cascade hops, top fermenting yeast and additional select hops, of which a portion is added by hand.

Dry Pale Ale is a fiery burnt orange color in the glass. It pours to a thick creamy head, which gives off a wonderful fruity aroma. The hops envelop the mouth in flavor right off the bat, slowly spreading across the mouth and down the throat, leaving a perfect amount of bitterness on the tongue.

This medium bodied beer is one of the better beers I’ve come across recently. Usually, pale ales are strongly hopped but Asahi’s take on the pale ale is a more laid back approach. I think they give this ale just the right amount of hoppy goodness to not over power the taste buds. And that makes for a truly flavorful beer that makes me wish I’d bought another can yesterday. Dry Pale Ale is delicious!

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