Brewed as a collaboration between Gypsy Hill and Kent Brewery, this is really rather good, blending the currently cool-as-all-hell Yuzu and the high octane Sorachi Ace hops.
Mind you, the label is a little bit misleading, as in one place it says Sorachi Ace and then somewhere else it tells me that Amarillo, Cascade and Magnum hops have been used.
Was it all of them? Some of them?
In all honesty though, I’m just nit-picking as what’s inside the bottle is a lovely Pale Ale that smells of bitter lemons, honey and mandarins.
The malts are soft and supple, all runny caramel and ice cream cones, and the hops are bright and fresh and green.
You find plenty of herbs, garden border foliage, satsumas, lemon zest, lime leaves and mango, while the Yuzu adds a fleshy orange and lemon background.
And with a finish that’s superbly pithy, bitter and dry, this “Japanese Pale Ale” is very good indeed.