Japanese Name: アサヒスーパードライ 瞬冷辛口
Release: May 30, 2017
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥203 @Aeon
Celebrating 30 years of market domination in Japan, Asahi released limited Super Dry varient, Shunrei Karakuchi. For this beer, Asahi’s researchers pulled out all the stops and did their magic to figure out which hops had the highest isohumulone content to boost the bitterness and incorporated Polaris hops for a cooling effect. I’ll have to be the guinea pig to see how it tastes outside the labs.
Nothing is unexpected about the pour with its standard golden lager color and crisp aroma. The first gulp is incredibly sharp and actually quite cooling with a surprising menthol like effect. On the flavor side, it is actually quite bland, and in a blindfolded taste test I could imagine one would be hard to pin Shunrei Karakuchi as a true beer.
When I buy a Japanese beer at a price slightly higher than the standard price, I really do expect it to taste like a beer and not sparkling water. And once again, a limited Super Dry has defeated me. I appreciate the interestingness of the Polaris hops, but the lack of malty depth just makes this one a complete waste of hard earned yen.