Japanese Name: セブンゴールド まろやかエール＜無濾過＞
Release: Jun. 9, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥228 (305mL) @7-eleven
For 7&i Holdings latest beer in its 7&i Gold line, they have teamed up with Kirin to brew Maroyaka Ale. In addition to select top fermenting yeast from Kirin’s vast collection, this beer was brewed with barley and wheat malt. Unfortunately, the hop selection remains unknown.
Maroyaka Ale has an opaque golden hue in the glass. On the nose is a buttery, earthy aroma from the hops. The first gulp has tons of flavor, a spicy mix of cinnamon and clove, and an orange peel like fruitiness. The tip of the tongue and the roof of the mouth is coated in a smooth silkiness. Mid-to-back, the flavors dissipate quite rapidly not leaving much on the back end but hints of bitterness and a fruity cider-like aftertaste.
Sans the effervescence, Maroyaka Ale would best be compared to a mulled wine. It has a ton of flavor from various spices that come through. While this ale might appeal to a certain population here in Japan, it was not one that I particularly enjoyed. However, if you’re looking for a beer with an adventurous taste, Maroyaka Ale is right up your alley.