Sapporo Mugi to Hop | Koku no Kiwami

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Japanese Name: サッポロ 麦とホップ The gold コクの極み
Brewer: Sapporo
Release: Nov. 25, 2015 (Campaign pre-release Summer 2015)
Type: Happousei (発泡性)
Alcohol: 6%
Purchase Price: Campaign Give-away

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Tasting Notes:
Originally brewed for Sapporo’s summer “mileage campaign” as a giveaway for collecting stickers on the beer cans, Koku no Kiwami is finally making its way to store shelves in a few days. The giveaway was so popular Sapporo ran out of product during the second brew run, prodding Sapporo to make it a limited production release this winter.

In the glass, Koku no Kiwami is a deep gold and pours with a nice frothy head. While the first glup has hints of roasted malt, it’s surprisingly on the lighter side. There’s a nice tang to it that carries across the palate ending with a wonderfully bitter finish in the throat. Hints of burnt toast come through as well as slightly sweet caramel notes.

Koku no Kiwami is at the top of the heap in the new genre category. While lacking the malty depth in a true beer, it makes up for it in crispness and a refreshing roasted flavor. While this brew isn’t sold on store shelves yet, it was nice to get it by just drinking my daily brews. Over the coarse of the summer, I was able to send off for two of these 6-pack plus glass sets by drinking 8 cases of Mugi & Hop (effectively making the purchase price ¥1,680 per can). When released, Koku no Kiwami will be my go to daily brew while it’s on store shelves.

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