I recently tried Dublin's Yamamori Izakaya for the first time. Yamamori, for those that do not know is a chain of Japanese restaurants in Dublin. There used to be just one on south great Georges street but in recent years they opened two more and each one now specialises in something. The original is now Yamamori Noodles. A newer Yamamori Sushi opened a few years ago opposite the ha'penny bridge and the most recent one is Yamamori Izakaya pretty much opposite the original one on south great Georges street. The fact of the matter is that no matter which one you go to, you can have more or less the same types of food so you don't have to go to the sushi restaurant to have sushi.
Izakaya though does boast a Hitachino Nest beer on tap, where as the others only offer them in bottles. In fact it has a proper bar you can sit at. Imagine it as a Japanese drinking house.
The beer in question is called Nipponia. It's a 6% strong golden ale featuring Sorachi Ace hops. I would consider this semi-sweet and I reckon the finishing gravity is high enough. The hopping is middle of the range so it does little to counteract the sweetness. That said, the beer is anything but cloying and the hops provide a grassy, lemon citrus quality that pleases. Overall the beer is surprisingly easy to drink and downing two of them was easy enough. The only thing preventing a third (which I wanted) was the lack of space in my stomach after all the sushi (which is brilliant by the way).
My wife went for the white ale which comes in a 330ml bottle. Be advised that the bottle is €6 which is the same price as a full pint of Nipponia, and that's 6%. The point is, you get a lot more beer for your money by getting the Nipponia and my wife made that her second beer. OK enough digressing, the white ale is pretty much your standard witbier affair. A little watery, some lime and coriander It's nice enough but do yourself a favour and go for the Nipponia, you will not be disappointed.