When I was in Ise, I picked up an Ise Kadoya seasonal beer. It was pretty expensive for 500mL (930 Yen), but it was worth it. I am often turned off by the high cost of beer at times, but being able to try something that is limited in nature is sometimes worth it. The Shiranui Ale is something that I was not expecting to be very good, but ended up being something surprising. Using a pale ale base, Ise Kadoya infused this beer with what I believe is the zest of mikan. I am not too sure about the ingredients but I believe this is true. They also added 4 types of hops into the beer, but to be honest, I didn’t notice the different varieties. It is interesting to see so many but the subtle flavours of each hop was lost due to the citrus flavours of the mikan.
The beer was a good dark colour as any pale ale should be. It wasn’t too dark and the flavours of mikan were pretty strong. Ise Kadoya has a good sense when it comes to fruit beers and I would say they do a great job with it. I don’t mind fruit beers but sometimes the fruitiness can be overpowering. I’m glad to say that this is not true with the Shiranui Ale. Unfortunately they only brew the Shiranui Ale in March and you can only get it in April. It will quickly sell out but you may be able to find a few kegs of it in different restaurants around Japan if you are lucky. Otherwise, you will have to pay an arm and a leg for each bottle and to have it shipped to you. Be sure to stock up on any of the seasonal beers from Ise Kadoya if you are ever down there.