Sapporo Hyakunin no Kiseki Miwaku no Ougon Ale

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Japanese Name: サッポロ 百人のキセキ 魅惑の黄金エール
Brewer: Sapporo
Release: May 19, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 7%
Purchase Price: ¥237 @Sankus

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Tasting Notes:
Last month, Sapporo released its second beer in its Hyakunin no Kiseki series, entitled Miwaku no Ougon Ale (trans: Fascinating Golden Ale). Using its Facebook fan page, Sapporo collected user input in the production of this beer just like last year’s incredible Shifuku no Brown Ale. For Miwaku, Sapporo chose to brew with Saaz Fine Aroma Hops and kept the alcohol a whopping 7% ABV.

As per name, this ale pours out a lovely golden color. The fruity fragrance of the Fine Aroma Hops immediately comes off the head. The first mouthful has a very full and rich flavor as well as a thick mouthfeel. Tons of malt and a heavy bitterness hits your tastebuds from the start and do not let go across the palate. This ale also has an unusual spiciness that comes in on the backend.

Ougon Ale is a very solid beer for those beer drinkers looking for something completely different from the rest of the pack. However, for my personal taste I found it a lot stronger than I usually prefer and had my fill after the first can. While Miwaku no Ougon Ale is a very good one, you’ll want to sip and appreciate rather than quench your heat induced thirst. If it were sold in winter, I probably would have had a much higher opinion.

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