The joy of visiting other countries is the opportunity to try the local food and, just as importantly, the local drinks. So when in Takayama we came across beers from the Hida Takayama Brewing Agricultural Corporation, I had to try some.
This is their Dark Ale, an intriguing brew at 5.0% ABV. It’s not as dark as I expected from that name, but nonetheless is an attractive deep copper colour with a generous head on it.
The nose has some sweet malt to it, and some very pleasant grassy, earthy hop aroma too.
It has a rich, creamy feel in the mouth, and plenty of bubbles without being fizzy. The initial flavour is sticky caramel sweetness, which is quickly tempered by a very well judged bitterness that perfectly balances the sweetness without leaving you a bitter tail. In the middle of all that there’s a tasty citrus orange tang running through as well.
All in all, a very tasty ale!