Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・プレミアム・モルツ 〈香るエール〉 “初摘みホップ”ヌーヴォー
Release: Nov. 15, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥213 @Aeon
Along side Hatsu-Tsumami Hop Nouveau for 2016 is the Kaoru Ale version. Again, this ale was crafted from Diamond malt and freshly picked Saaz fine aroma hops flown in from the Czech Republic.
With a deep golden color in the glass, Kaoru Ale Nouveau also sports a wonderfully spicy nose with hints of fruit. The flavors are very complex up front, pumpkin pie comes to mind, and it stays full bodied and hearty across the mid-palate. That spicy start hangs on until the end, while a tangy bitterness also makes an appearance.
For the 2016 release, Kaoru Ale Hatsu Tsumami Hop Nouveau makes a solid standing. The top fermenting yeast really gives a nice flavor to this ale, and lets Japan’s lager drinkers have some variety.