#28 Gyeongbokgung Palace Royal Pride Ale (경복궁)

The latest addition from the guys at Kabrew is an IPA named after Seoul’s largest palace, Gyeongbokgung. The IPA claims to be infused with lotus leaf which instantly gave me images of Percy Jackson in a Las Vegas casino, but thankfully this drink only brings with it the standard level of memory loss associated with an IPA.  The can is beautiful, with a price to match, but does Korea finally have an IPA to sit at the top table? Almost!

You can watch my video review here.

The beer itself is surprisingly good and is, by far, Kabrew’s best offering in a hugely competitive market. The ‘lotus leaf’ is more than likely for the tourists as there’s not a whole lot of evidence in the taste, which is probably for the best as I’m not sure it’s the best of selling points to be honest. It’s a good IPA without having the overwhelmingness (it’s that a word) of some if not most, IPAs. It is, unfortunately, overpriced and this will stop it being as popular as it should.

  • A royal IPA
  • Costs 3300W if you buy it in a 3 for 9900W deal
  • Goes well with good weather and some outside picnic tables.
  • Alcohol – 4.5%


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