Total Score: 6.7/10
Big fan of Yeastie Boys work (I mean come on who isn’t?), it’s a shame they don’t have a great distribution network in Australia because all the beers I’ve tried of theirs have been ace. This Japanese Rice Beer named “Inari Biru” (literally: Rice Beer in Japanese) is a Golden Ale style brew that I’m guessing is one of Yeastie Boys more conservative beers – because these Yeastie Boys, they don’t muck around. It’s interesting that they’ve used koshihikari rice in this brew, which is the very same rice strand used in sushi. There is Japanese beer I enjoy that is brewed primarily with this rice strain: Koshihikari Echigo Beer – which apart from being a bit pricy in Australia, is a nice crisp Rice Lager with green apple and Sake notes. Let’s find out if this Yeastie Boys brew is anything like that.
Poured from a 330ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed pale straw coloured body with a generous 2 centimetre white sea foam head that settles down leaving splotches of lace inside the glass. Quite a pale take on a Golden Ale, but looks tasty nonetheless. 7/10.
S: Hints of Sake, dry and crisp cracker, a slight nutty (chestnut) overtone, and a touch of cut grass. Very summer-like and Japanese characters in this brew, comes a bit too much like a straight Rice Lager, hopefully more Ale characteristics come through in the flavour. 6/10.
T: Clean and crisp with a malt-driven centre that lends flavours of chestnut, Sake, dry cracker, earthy tones and finishes with a slight cut grass edge punctuating a loooong dry finish. A bit too dry for its own good, needs more malt sweetness to balance it out, it’s a touch one dimensional, though it’s also quite refreshing and would go down a treat with some sushi. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation, bit on the lighter side body-wise, again this helps with this beers RQ [Refreshing Ouotient], which is decent-not-amazing. 6/10.
D: Definitely not Yeastie Boys best [that would be their Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA for me], however this unassuming and crisp little Japanese number was never going to turn heads. It is as it is – a tasty and crisp Japanese Rice Beer that would pair well with… read below… and quench an afternoons worth of toil in the sun over a hot monkey brain [Futurama reference]. Next time though I’ll seek out more of the madder Yeastie Boys brews, I dig mad beers. 7/10.
Food match: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sushi, think Salmon aburi.