Category Archives: South Korea

Craftbros Once Upon A Time IPA – Pond

Brewery: Craftbros Brewing Co.
Country: South Korea
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 40 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from can) New England IPA double dry-hopped with Talus and Mosaic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 31st August 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Mango, grapefruit, pithy, citrus zest, melon.
Taste: Light to moderate sweetness, mango, grapefruit, pithy, citrus rind, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and flavours are slightly toned down compared to other NEIPAs, but still balanced, enjoyable, and very drinkable.

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Craftbros LIFE NE Double IPA – HK Junk

Brewery: Craftbros Brewing Co.
Country: South Korea
ABV: 8.2%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: 45 IBUs. This beer is made in collaboration with HK Craft Beer Co. in Hong Kong, partner of Craftbros. Scene of boats on the water in Hong Kong, China, 1960. Photo by John Dominis

Brewer Description: (from can) Dry hopped with Galaxy, Enigma and Citra. The wooden junk is not only used to move goods across Victoria Harbour, but also the home for many people in old Hong Kong. They are also docked in typhoon shelters for people to sell and stock up supplies.

My rating: 3+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.99
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 26th August 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a half finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Cantaloupe and orange zest with maybe notes of grass.
Taste: Melon, cantaloupe, orange zest and rind, with a light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and flavours were a little one dimensional, but it was still quite nice as it was balanced.

Craftbros Once Upon A Time Double IPA – Sobans

Brewery: Craftbros Brewing Co.
Country: South Korea
ABV: 8.7%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: 50 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from can) Double dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 21st July 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with a one finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, melon, grassy.
Taste: Citrus, tangerine, orange rind, pineapple, grassy, a touch dank, with a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Balanced and easy to drink with its good aroma and flavours.

Craftbros LIFE New England IPA – Skateboard

Brewery: Craftbros Brewing Co.
Country: South Korea
ABV: 6.5%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 29 IBUs. LIFE cover published on May 14th, 1965 featuring Pat McGee doing handstand on the newest trend item, a skateboard. Photographed by Bill Eppridge

Brewer Description: (from can) Much of it is in Korean, but what I do get is, Double Dry-Hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Wai-iti.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.94
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 9th May 2022, poured into a winebar glass.
Appearance: A hazy pale orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Grassy and melon notes lead, followed by a wave of citrus, mostly grapefruit zest and rind, and maybe notes of grapes.
Taste: Juicy, lightly bitter, melon forward, grapefruit zest, orange and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good thirst quenching and easy to drink. Glad we’re getting them fresh in Hong Kong. Looking forward to trying more from them.

Magpie Juicybox – Blueberry & Yuja

Brewery: Magpie Brewing Company
Country: South Korea
ABV: 4.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: 5 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from can) Sour Ale w/ blueberry & yuja

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.99
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml can, canned on 1st July 2019. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy candy red colour mixed with a bit of purple and an almost two finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, blueberry, yoghurt, with light citrus notes in the background.
Taste: Lightly sour, juicy, blueberry, mixed berries, and citrusy yuzu (which I just found out is the same as Yuja).
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The thickish sediment towards the end was not a good feeling though.
Overall: Very juicy and tasty. The berry and citrus flavours complemented each other and made for easy drinking. It may not be a complex beer, but minus the bottom of the bottle, I do enjoy drinking it.