Japanese Name: キリン 冬のどごし＜華やぐコク＞
Release: Nov. 8, 2016
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥143 @7-eleven
Back again for the 2016 winter season is Hanayagu Koku from Kirin’s Nodogoshi line. Reading up on the marketing material, nothing has changed this year. It still incorporates late hopping for more aroma and caramel malt for a richer flavor. I was impressed last year, so let’s see how the flavors hold up.
Hanayagu Koku pours out a deep golden color in the glass with a tangy citrus nose. The first gulp is full and rich up front, with a smooth light mid palate. The backend has a light bitterness to it, and finishes slightly on the sweet side.
As a value play, Nodogoshi Hanayagu Koku is certainly a bright spot on the market. However, with so many great tasting new genre brews as of late, I’m left a little disappointed compared to last year. The bold flavors up front don’t carry across the palate as I would like, just dropping off and leaving me wanting something more.