Japanese Name: グランドキリン IPA（インディア・ペールエール）
Release: Mar. 28, 2017
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥286 (330mL) @Yamaya
Released in the first quarter of 2017, Grand Kirin IPA is one of the backbone beers that is being produced this year. This all malt IPA was produced with rare, select hops, of known variety.
Being a Japanese IPA, this beer does pour a little on the lighter side than one might expect. However, the fruitiness of the yeast and hops stay true to form on the head. Lychee fruit immediately comes to mind on the first mouthful that is full and well rounded. The flavors carry well across the palate and down the throat leaving a nice puckering of the cheeks and a fruity tang on the throat.
Grand Kirin has done a wonderful job brewing this IPA. It is perfectly hopped making for a flavorful beer, yet does not overpower the total picture. This beer is one that I have no problem paying the premium price for. Enjoy while supplies last.