Grand Kirin Dip Hop IPL (Renewal)

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Japanese Name: グランドキリン ディップホップ アイ・ピー・エル
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Mar. 22, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 6%
Purchase Price: ¥245 (330mL) @Sankus

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Tasting Notes:
2016_Grand_Kirin_Dip_Hop_IPL - 1New 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.

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2 Responses to Grand Kirin Dip Hop IPL (Renewal)

  1. Brett says:

    Just trying in Sydney. Bought online from mocu, lions craft beer arm.
    The most impressive thing for me was how light the bottle was! Been several years since I’ve been to Japan so may now be the norm.

    • DM says:

      Didn’t know there was an online shop selling these, nice. Kirin uses thinner glass for the Grand Kirin line for some reason, same with Suntory’s Master’s Dream series. The normal large bottles are still the same as before.

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