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Review: Ginga Kogen Pale Ale
Ginga Kogen Pale Ale
Posted: 2 June 2015
No one can agree what kind of pale ale Ginga Kogen Pale Ale
is. Everyone agrees it ain't great.
Avg price/liter: USD 19.57
ABV %: 5.0
Type: Pale Ale
You can imagine after I
gagged on Ginga Kogen's
Hefeweizen that I suffered much trepidation about
sampling their Pale Ale.
I'll give it to Ginga Kogen
on the bottles. They're attractive. Very
aesthetic Japanese design. The Hefeweizen's high
point was its silver bottle, which you should look at but
never drink. The Pale Ale bottle was a bit less
attractive. Did a less attractive bottle signify a
better beer within?
No one can agree what kind of
pale ale Ginga Kogen Pale Ale is. One site calls it an
English Pale Ale, another an American Pale Ale.
Everyone agrees it ain't great.
I drank some great craft
beers when I was in Japan last summer. I can't tell
you the brands or styles because the labels were entirely in
Japanese. These weren't exported. With just a
few exceptions, most of the Japanese craft brews I've seen
overseas have not been knock outs. Ginga Kogen Pale
Ale from Japan would be lucky to make it through the second round in a