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Konnichiwa Kitsune

Rating: 4.35

A special Brewdog release now, this one released in association with their Tokyo bar and marketed as part of the brewery’s ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ series despite this one going by the Konnichiwa Kitsune moniker which I suppose is close enough when translated from Japanese. Coincidentally there is no English on the label save for the brewery information on the side of the bottle, quite an usual beer when it’s sitting on the self in the shop. Again, like the rest of the series, this one is a double IPA and it’s loaded with mandarins and grapefruit to give it a tropical taste that I’m looking forward to trying. I picked this one up last month when it was released and being an IPA decided to drink it fresh but I’m not just getting around to putting the review up, and for once it has been worth the wait as this one is another excellent limited release from Brewdog.

Konnichiwa Kitsune

Appearance (4/5): This one is a medium amber colour with a hints of red or orange throughout, the beer is also very clear and topped with a half centimetre head that is foamy looking and holds relatively well for the strength of the beer, initially at least anyway. There seems to be little evidence of visible carbonation and the beer is quite still to look at.
Aroma (8/10): Medium strength hops and citrus on the nose, there is a lot of tropical fruits and orange coming through with some grapefruit and pine as well but there seem to take a back seat to the citrus, mandarins and mango coming through from the start. The beer smells excellent and is quite refreshing as well with none of the alcohol seeming to show either, very nice stuff.
Taste (9/10): Much like the nose, this one is a good combination of tropical fruits and hop bitterness with a biscuit malt base that is just about noticeable underneath everything else. The beer starts with some mandarins and citrus flavours coming through before the tropical fruits start to take over; chiefly the mango but also some lemon and grapefruit. The beer seems quite juicy with some light sugar coming through towards the end as well.
Palate (5/5): Moderately carbonated with a very refreshing and juicy mouth feel, this one proved to be a very easy beer to drink despite the relatively high abv. on the bottle, surprisingly not a drop of the alcohol seemed noticeable here. The body was about medium and it was bitter throughout with being overly strong or in your face; in short a highly drinkable beer.

Overall (17/20): Very nice stuff from Brewdog here, definitely one of the better beers in the ‘Hello, My Name Is…’ series and one that I’d rank alongside Hello, My Name Is… Vladimir as quite possibly the best of the bunch thus far. The beer was hoppy and quite fruity, refreshing throughout and ultimately proved to be very easy to drink, it’s just a shame that it’s another Brewdog one-off, limited release rather than a year round offering.

Brewed In: Fraserburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Also Known As: Hello, My Name Is…Konnichiwa Kitsune
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 8.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasg0w)
Price: £3.80

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  1. October 27, 2015 at 08:39

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