Japanese Name: ヱビス with ジョエル・ロブション 華やぎの時間
Release: Jan. 26, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥245 @Nyusankyu
Yebisu pulled out all the stops for this year’s collaboration with French chef Joël Robuchon, including enlisting the talents of Japanese designer Yasumichi Morita for the package design. This all malt beer was crafted with malt from Champagne, France, and three varieties of hops: Nelson Sauvin, Hallertau Blanc, and Hallertauer Tradition.
In the glass, Hanayagi no Jikan has a very pale straw color, with a huge hoppy nose. It’s very fresh and green with a yeasty tang, reminiscent of freshly hopped beers of years past. The first gulp is a mouthful of hop and malt flavor, again fresh with a perfect amount of bitterness gracing the tongue. I sense some citrus notes, yuzu along with coriander seed. This beer’s flavors are all up front and stay in the mouth and on the tongue rather than carrying down the throat.
Once again Yebisu has crafted a masterpiece. Hanayagi is very full bodied with a nice spicy fragrant side to it. Being able to keep these flavors in the mouth without carrying down the throat is also an incredible feat that enables this beer to have its dry unweighted finish. Getting to the bottom of the glass is utter sadness, so make sure you have another on hand.