Yo-Ho Brewing Co.
[Imported by: Beverage Traders, Bellevue, WA]
Yona Yona (“Night after night” in Japanese) pale ale is a medium-bodied American pale ale with a generous amount of cascade hops. Citrus flavor from premium Cascade hops and well-balanced bitterness and sweetness are its main character.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1048
AVAILABLE: AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
A law protecting megabrewers in Japan ended more than a decade ago (1994), paving the way for a vigorous microbrewery movement. This micro in a can boasts a spun-gold robe, like a rising sun, with a luxurious thick ermine collar. Malt-intense nose, much like a German Malzbier. The slightly sweet palate is balanced, breadlike and delicious, with a fresh lingering aftertaste. If sake goes with sushi and other Japanese fare, then Yona Yona is even better. Nice with miso soup and California rolls.
- Charles Finkel
Caution: Open this beer near a sink, as half the contents gushed. Amber ale with 100 percent chance of clouds. Wonderful earthy, yeasty, malty aroma with a sweet malt balance in flavor. Well-balanced flavors and bitterness of hops are not overwhelming and complement the malt character. Stylistically uncertain but seems to express only a moderate amount of alcohol strength. What was left in the can and glass is full-flavored and satisfying.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.