Japanese Name: アサヒスーパードライ ドライプレミアム 濃厚熟成仕立て
Release: Nov. 5, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥235 @Aeon
Originally released last year for Asahi’s 2015 winter gift season, I was able to get my hands on the Noukou Jukusei-Jitate brew in both can and bottle versions. Noukou Jukusei-Jitate is crafted with a two-stage aging process, Japanese Golden malt and Amarillo hops. Let’s see if the recipients of this set ended up with smiles on their faces.
Noukou Jukusei has a lovely orange hue in the glass, its malty-yeasty aroma wafts off the head. Up front the presence of malt and hop makes itself known, giving a nice full-bodied flavor. Slowly across the tongue and down the throat this full-bodiedness opens up leaving a more gentle smooth aftertaste and just the right amount of bitterness. A sweet essence of orange marmalade and toast come across, along with a hint of floral-ness in the background.
Asahi’s Noukou Jukusei-Jitate is one of the better Japanese beers I’ve tasted recently. I love the complexities in the flavor profile as well as the flavor transition in the mouth. In combination with its pure drinkability, Noukou Jukusei-Jitate is a winner.