Japanese Name: グランドキリン JPL（ジャパン・ペールラガー）
Release: Mar. 28, 2017
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥286 (330mL) @Yamaya
The flagship of this year’s Grand Kirin line-up is JPL (Japan Pale Lager). Its name comes from the use of Japanese grown ingredients. Japanese malt and Ibuki hops headline, along with Hersbrucker and Nelson Sauvin hops added in Grand Kirin’s diphop method.
JPL pours a golden hue in the glass. The nose is quite spicy with some nuttiness to it, while the first mouthful shows of a bit of apple on the tip of the tongue and back of the mouth. It is very full and has a nice chewy mouthfeel with lots of malt throughout. On the back a full, rounded bitterness climbs up from the throat to the roof of the mouth, quite interesting.
All that is good in the current Japanese beer marketplace is seen in JPL. Consumers are demanding beers that are fuller and more flavorful than the past offerings and Grand Kirin is fulfilling this demand. Being the flagship of the Grand Kirin line, JPL is truly a wonderful beer to drink by itself or paired with food. It is powerful and flavorful yet has an elegant roundness that I think appeals to the Japanese market. Good stuff here.