#57. Craftroot Snow IPA (설 IPA)

For a long time Koreans were subjected to pretty bland beers and were turning, for the most part, to Japanese and Chinese beers for something that tasted of more than just the local tap water. One of the companies that emerged from this need for something more was Craftroot and with them they brought the exceptional Snow IPA which has got to be one of the best craft beers in Korea.  Snow IPA is not as strong as a lot of IPAs can tend to be and has more of a softer and more mellow feeling, which makes it easier to drink several cans in the one sitting. It has a slightly fruity aftertaste and is a little ‘hoppy’, like a West Coast IPA, but would definitely be my ‘goto’ IPA if only it was available in CU. Continue reading #57. Craftroot Snow IPA (설 IPA)

#45 Gangseo Mild Ale (강서)

Made by 7brau, Gangseo Mild Ale is advertised as being fruity and floral and based on the American Pale Ale style of beers with the fruity scent allegedly coming from a combination of orange and mango. It is by far one of my favourite Korean craft beers, it is light and crisp and has just the right amount of bite in the aftertaste. Gangseo Ale has been selected by the Korean Government for The Blue House (청와대) as their official beer for when they host International dinners and events and while it may not quite be the beer of Emperors it is definitely one of Korea’s finest craft beers and a must in any decent beer lover’s fridge. Continue reading #45 Gangseo Mild Ale (강서)

#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.

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#19 Han River Ale (한강)

Made by Korean craft beer company 7brau (see website here), Han River Ale is brewed as a witbier with an “citrus taste”. The citrus taste comes from the added orange peel sediment in the bottle so don’t make the same schoolboy error I did and drink the first few gulps without shaking it first as it really does change the flavour. The label claims that it also has oats added but that wasn’t particularly evident in the taste. It has the typically lemmon-ish colour of most witbiers but without the overpowering sourness so commonly found with them. Continue reading #19 Han River Ale (한강)

#7 Jeju Baengnokdam Ale (제주 백록담)

Named after Jeju’s famous Baengnokdam Lake which sits atop Hallasan Mountain, this ale is one of a few craft beers that have made their way Seoulside from Korea’s island paradise of late. Brewed by the Jeju Jungmun Brewery, Baengnokdam is a ‘Whitbeer’ style ale with a particularly fruity aftertaste which lingers almost as long as last night’s BBQ smoke. Continue reading #7 Jeju Baengnokdam Ale (제주 백록담)