Japanese Name: サントリー ザ・モルツ サマードラフト
Release: Jun. 27, 2017
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥223 @FamilyMart
Suntory’s seasonal summer beer release was brewed under The Malt’s brand and was a convenience store limited offering. This all malt beer was brewed with Citra hops and the malt was treated with a Suntory manufacturing process utilizing high temperature high pressure steam, what they term HHS.
Aromas of lemon rind and fresh hops fill the glass on the pour. The first gulp shows off the orange-passion fruit flavors from the Citra hops giving a sharp acidity to a beer on the sweeter side. The finish is smooth and has a toned down bitterness that lingers at the back of the mouth.
The medium body and sweetness combined with a refined bitter finish make Summer Draft an enjoyable evening beverage to beat the heat. Its complex flavors will make you want to enjoy this one at a leisurely pace. Just be sure to keep it cool for maximum enjoyment; it might even do well on the rocks.