Japanese Name: サッポロ ラガーズハイ華やかホップ
Release: Dec. 1, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥102 @Aeon
In a second release for the Aeon Group, Sapporo has brewed up Hanayaka Hop. This new genre uses three types of select hops including Cascade to give a citrus-like aroma. The original Lager’s High didn’t do it for me, but maybe this one might.
Hanayaka Hop pours out your standard straw color in the glass, underneath is a faint tangy hoppy aroma. It has a very full fresh hoppy bitterness at the start, some citrusy sweetness and tang kicks in toward the middle, with the bitterness carrying the rest of the flavors across the palate and down the throat. The aftertaste is a bit heavy on the alcohol.
This new genre gives a taste experience that I have been expecting from the recently released “fresh hop” beers. It has a nice blend of freshness, sweetness, and bitterness. However, as with the original Lager’s High, there’s just too much alcohol. It’s great if you want to get completely hammered, but if you want to enjoy the wonderful flavors this new genre has, the alcohol is just too much.