While China and beer aren't exactly synonymous, it has been brewed domestically since the turn of the 20th century. According to a recent article by the Washington Post, China accounts for one quarter of the annual worldwide beer consumption. And while brands like Tsingtao and Snow (once described as "a forgettable pale lager that doesn’t... Continue Reading →
If you've kept up with my previous reviews, you will be familiar with my less-than-friendly relationships with IPAs. In my June review rankings, an IPA finished dead last, and another finished second overall. In many cases, I find that IPAs are overly bitter, meaning that by the third or fourth mouthful they are no longer enjoyable to drink.
Like many other Asian lagers (including Singha and Tsingtao, among others) this beer was clearly brewed with a warm, humid climate in mind. Having visited Japan in a rather muggy September, I can imagine Kirin Ichiban would be incredibly pleasant to break through the humid haze.