The seasons are changing in Kyoto and we are finally getting some respite from the oppressive summer heat and humidity. This year's Aki no Kimagure features an amber color and subtle maltiness but the soft and citrusy hop character is more reminiscent of our summer beers.
To bring these all together, we decided to try a new strain of yeast for the first time, Northwest Ale. It is said that this yeast originated in the UK but transformed in the breweries of the Northwestern United States. It is now popular with breweries in the Northeast when brewing the juicy IPAs with fruity and citrusy hop character they are now known for. We thought this yeast was a great choice to tie together the soft citrus and fruity notes of the hops with the slight sweetness from specialty crystal malts.
This balance paired with the low alcohol percentage make this year's version is the perfect choice for those days of lingering summer heat or the cool and crisp evenings just around the corner.
Style: Hoppy Amber Ale
Yeast: Northwest Ale
Gas Volumes: 2.3