Japanese Name: グランドキリン 十六夜の月 カリプソ アイ・ピー・エー
Release: Sept. 13, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥255 (330mL) @7-eleven
Its kanji characters mean, “the sixteenth-day moon,” the moon phase right after a full moon where the moon just doesn’t seem to want to rise, being izayoi or hesitant. This year’s Izayoi no Tsuki from the Grand Kirin line is made in IPA style, only this time using Calypso hops, noted for the soft floral and fruity flavors imparted on the beer. It’s a conbini limited release for fall, so don’t go looking for it in your neighborhood supermarket.
Izayoi has a golden color in the glass, releasing a fresh, fragrant hoppy aroma on the pour. The first gulp is very flavorful, yet refined. Tropical fruit, floral notes, with a little sweetness lend their flavors to the complexity of the beverage. On the backend, a gentle bitterness puckers the cheeks and tightens the throat, with a finish that stays clean.
As with last year’s Izayoi no Tsuki, this beer is meant to be enjoyed slowly. There’s so much flavor packed inside, it takes a little warming to bring everything out. It’s another beer that drinks like a sparkling wine, and a bottle or two should be in everyone’s refrigerator this fall.