Japanese Name: アサヒスーパードライ エクストラシャープ
Release: Mar. 31, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥183 @Aeon
Asahi’s newest edition to its Super Dry brand is Extra Sharp. This new one from Asahi is supposed to have a sharpness never before experienced in a beer, and uses a new brewing method that brings the temperature down to just before the beer’s freezing point to bring out this taste sensation. Apparently, you’ll want to skip the freezer if you’re in a hurry to chill this one. There’s a warning label that says Extra Sharp might freeze if you put it in there.
Asahi Extra Sharp pours out a very pale straw in the glass, forming a nice frothy head. The first gulp is very clean, not much in the way of any flavor up front but the mouth feel is quite different. It’s very tangy and cooling across the mid to back of the mouth, giving that “extra sharp” finish. Hints of malt do appear on the back of the palate, like the normal Super Dry.
To be honest, I’m not a fan. The taste of Extra Sharp is very menthol-like, and I feel as if I’m drinking something tainted with mouthwash. To top it off, the flavor of this beer is quite bland and doesn’t make you feel like you’re drinking an actual beer. Asahi Super Dry Extra Sharp needs to go back to the drawing board. Sadly to say, this is one of the worst brews on the market right now.