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Lucky Dog by Kizakura Kyoto Brewery

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Kizakura Kyoto Brewery’s Lucky Dog is a flavorful and hoppy Pale Ale, with a good amount of malt body.

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Brewed by first-generation craft beer brewery Kizakura Kyoto Bakushu*, this pale ale is surprisingly malty with a healthy amount of mild (English?) hops. This beer pours deep amber copper with a full head of creamy foam and a surprising amount of haze in the body. Initially, this beer has a stank smell but quickly switches to a heavy malt / mild hop character on the nose. While it does not have many hops when first opening up, there are a noticeable amount of mildly bitter tones that help balance out the sweetness from the impressive amount of malts.

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Lucky Dog initially tastes sweet on the pallet but gives way to semi-bitter hops that help make this a semi-sweet / semi-bitter beer that brings images of crackers, older rice, and caramel to mind. This beer is a very enjoyable beer with mild English-style IPA characteristics and a strong, balanced aftertaste.

*Bakushu (Kanji: 麦酒 is literally malt alcohol; it is an older word to refer to beer).

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

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Authors Notes: Initially I thought Lucky Dog was well hoppy, but not in a traditional IPA way, with milder hops in large amounts, it is a delicious beer that was surprisingly refreshing. It is a really sweet, bitter, cloudy, and malty beer. This beer is like an Abbot Ale but with a bit more of a punch to it. I found this beer in a New Days (a chain of convenience stores commonly found in or near train stations) at Ueno Station.