Japanese Name: グランドキリン ディップホップ アイ・ピー・エル
Release: Mar. 22, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥245 (330mL) @Sankus
New labeling has accompanied the renewal of Grand Kirin. This “Indian Pale Lager” style all malt beer is made with Hersbrucker and Nelson Sauvin hops in a “dip hop” brewing method for optimum flavor. I’ve always loved this beer, and it’s been a while since I’ve had this one.
As I poured out Grand Kirin into the glass, for the first time I caught the acidic bite of ripe bananas. It pours a dark golden hue in the glass and is very fragrant. The first gulp is full, and has a toned down fruity taste through the mid-palate. Across the tongue and down the throat is a long lasting bitterness that sticks around well after, into the next gulp. Notes of green apple linger in the back of the throat.
Grand Kirin has been on the market for four years now, and continues to be a cornerstone in terms of “what to do” to make Japanese beers appealing to an ever changing market place. I believe that Grand Kirin has the perfect mixture of adventure and safeness, that enables those thrill seekers a first step into a world of craft-style beers. Good stuff here.