Japanese Name: キリン のどごし サマースペシャル＜限定醸造＞
Release: Jun. 21, 2016
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
Kirin’s newest seasonal limited brew for its new genre Nodogoshi line is Summer Special. It features the use of American Cascade hops and a dose of carbonation providing a refreshing beverage this summer.
A golden tinge graces the glass as Summer Special is poured. On the nose is a slightly tangy bitterness along with some lychee and citrus notes. The first gulp is quite fruity from the start, a little sweet but in a good way. It stays smooth and fruity across the tongue and leaves the throat with a wonderful amount of bitterness that lingers and builds throughout the glass, finishing with a nice tang in the background.
For a new genre brew, Nodogoshi Summer Special is top notch. It’s currently the best brew in this category I’ve tried so far this summer and even tops some of the “Japanese beers” I’ve sampled recently. I will have to consider stocking my fridge with Nodogoshi Summer Special while it’s still on store shelves.