Friday, July 8, 2022

Stickmen Brewing Gaijin Dream Japanese-Style Lager

Beer Name: Gaijin Dream
Brewery: Stickmen Brewing Company (Lake Oswego, OR; Tualatin, OR)
ABV: 5.5%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: Smudged date, could not read it
Date Drank: November 13, 2021
When brewed? Likely a rotating or limited-time beer.
IBU: 16

What's on the Can: "Gaijin Dream is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked rice and finished with Willamette and Sorachi Ace hops. Clean throughout with some malt sweetness balanced by the lemony hops."

Where distributed: Stickmen Brewing distributes likely just within Oregon. Two more gastropubs, one in Cedar Mill and one in Happy Valley, should open in 2022.

Appearance (5%): Pours clear golden into a pint glass. White head, virtually no lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly sweet light malt with citrus hop in the background. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose to start; mostly sweet malt and flaked rice initially. Lemony hops come in on the second wave. Balanced and refreshing. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Fairly light-bodied, some carbonation. Refreshing with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome to excellent lager. I don't drink too many lagers, but I can see why my friend sent me this to try. Beautifully balanced and refreshing, this would pair well with some spicy Asian food. I also loved the label art (cherry blossoms ftw). 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.138/5

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