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Niigata Beer Tasting: Swan Lake Brewery-B-IPA

AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!


This time I tasted another interesting craft beer by Swan lake Brewery in Niigata Prefecture: B-IPA!
“B” stands for “Belgium” as Belgium yeast was used!


Served on tap
Barley, barley malt, hop, Belgian yeast.
Alcohol/ABV: 7 %
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: dull orange color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Oranges
Taste: very refreshing, deep, dry and fruity attack.
Complex. Oranges, bread, apricot.
Welcome acidity, particularly strong on ending.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on drier and more acid note, typical of a Belgian beer. Late hints of lemon and citruses.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Changes little with food, but for deeper hints of dry bread.

Overall: solid and elegant craft beer.
Although produced in winter would do splendidly all year round!
For lovers of fruity, dry craft beers with plenty of acidity!

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK


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