Japanese Name: アサヒドライプレミアム豊醸
Release: Apr. 12, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥256 @Sankus
What do the Bellagio, Bon Jovi, and Ko Shibasaki have in common? They’re all featured in the commercial for the new Asahi Dry Premium beer, Hojo. It is brewed with 1.2 times the standard amount of malt, and a combination of Amarillo and fine aroma hops. It’s my life!
Hojo pours a deep gold in the glass, on the nose is citrusy hops and lots of malt. The first gulp is very fresh, almost grassy, rich malt, with a ton of citrusy bitterness that takes over the back end.
With a label that says, “flavor, aroma, alcohol, all in the highest class,” you can expect to get hammered with a grin on your face. This is the last tasting of the evening, and a couple gulps have put me over the top. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one, its freshness and complexity were wonderful. The only drawback for me was the high alcohol content. If it was toned down a notch, I feel more of the other flavors would have shown their stuff.