Japanese Name: サッポロ ＮＩＰＰＯＮ ＰＩＬＳ（ニッポンピルス）
Release: Dec. 8, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥213 @Yamaya
After an exhaustive search, I finally had given up on purchasing Nippon Pils from Sapporo. However, on a chance shopping trip to my neighborhood liquor store this evening, this gem was sitting on the top shelf of the beer cooler! Nippon Pils is special in that it is made exclusively with select malt and hops grown in Japan. This all malt beer was crafted with a combination of Hokkaido grown “Ryofu”, high in umami content, and top quality “Aya no Hoshi” barley from Saitama, along with the fragrant Furano “Little Star” hops and “Shinshu Wase” hops from Tohoku for bitterness. It sounds like an impressive line-up, hopefully it’ll show in the glass.
As Nippon Pils is pours into the glass, an aroma of rich malt fills the air. It has a deep golden color, perhaps an indication of a more full bodied flavor. In the mouth, it is indeed rich and malty. The full bodied flavor envelops the mouth, smoothly going down the throat with a distinct bitterness and notes of charcoal.
After finally drinking Nippon Pils, I’m happy to have ventured into the liquor store tonight. This beer definitely offers something different than other Japanese beers on the store shelves. It’s bolder and more flavorful than the everyday lager, making it a worthwhile purchase. Thumbs up!