Kirin Ichiban Shibori Toretate Hop (2016)

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Japanese Name: キリン 一番搾り とれたてホップ (2016)
Brewer: Kirin
Release: Oct. 25, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer(ビール)
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥223 @Sankus

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Tasting Notes:
In its 13th year of production, Kirin has brewed its Ichiban Shibori Toretate Hop with “Ibuki” hops from Tono in Iwate Prefecture. This all malt beer was created to have a clean taste, yet still have full flavor.

Toretate Hop pours out a golden color in the glass, the fragrance from the fresh hops gives of a wonderfully green, grassy aroma with hints of lemon peel. The first gulp is very citrusy, full with a very clean refreshing maltiness to it. The flavors tapper off on the back end, sliding down the throat without too much bitterness. This leaves a somewhat malty finish, with the fresh grassy notes lingering in the background.

The 2016 version of Ichiban Toretate Hop quite tasty. Reviewing my notes from last year, I believe it has the same make up. However, whether it be my mood or personal taste changes, I find it more satisfying this year, especially getting to the bottom of the glass.

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