Natsu no Kimagure 2016 marks the first time we have brewed the second round of this series. The idea began as something similar to what a chef may do when choosing the daily special: looking in the refrigerator and seeing what ingredients on hand best match the feeling of the day. To keep the spirit of this beer alive, we decided to move the beer in a different direction than last year while keeping its underlying qualities the same.
This year we opted for more tropical and citrusy hops than last year, focusing on aromas of orange and tangerine. The bitterness has been toned down somewhat and the malt presence is more apparent. Hopefully you will once again agree that this is a perfect beer for the long, hot Kyoto summer.
Naming: The Japanese phrase "kimagure" is used in restaurants in Japan to refer to when a chef comes up with a recipe on a given day, based upon the ingredients that he has, which are often seasonal, and his own personal preference or sense of what will work. With our 'Kimagure' (or 'on a whim') series, we try to find the perfect hoppy pale ale (light IPA!?) for every season.
Style: Hoppy Pale Ale
Yeast: US-05 American Ale
Gas Volumes: 2.4