Gojaira New England Style India Pale Ale

Review Date 8/23/2021   By John Staradumsky

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high tension wires down

Helpless people on a subway train
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh no, they say, he's got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Thanks to the great Blue Oyster Cult for those lyrics, but today we now know exactly why Godzilla was rampaging through Tokyo as they described. He was looking for beer! Why else would you pick up a bus then throw it back down after all, except that, well, there’s no beer in it.

Just ask the fine folks at Japas Cervejaria Artesenal. They have an interesting story to tell, and most of it is not about Godzilla, but they do brew Gojaira New England Style India Pale Ale. From their website:

We are three women who met through beer: Maíra Kimura, Yumi Shimada and Fernanda Ueno. Our brand was born unpretentiously in the midst of bar conversations, meetings and beer festivals. This union occurred precisely because, within this universe, we identified our similarities: we were some of the few women and, coincidentally, also some of the few Japanese descendants in the industry…..Japas is a term widely used in Brazil to describe us, since we are Asian descendants.

About Gojaira New England Style India Pale Ale in general, they say:

Meet our monster Gojaira: she is so angry that she won a Dank IPA to make her stop blowing off steam. Distracted people may confuse its aroma with that of a certain much debated herb. This aroma is called “dank”, a combination of resinous, herbal, citrus and tropical fruit aromas of certain varieties of hops. Yes, its just hops, there’s nothing illegal here! Strata, Columbus, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic mix with a smooth malt base for this delicious trip.

Gojaira New England Style India Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 6.9% by volume with 42 IBUs. I paid $4.38 for my can from Craftshack, which is the only pricing information I have. Japas is based in Brazil and distributes heavily there, but my can of Japas was brewed in Chicago, Illinois. My can is stamped as packaged on 06/04/21 and I drank it on August 19th, 2021.

Gojaira New England Style India Pale Ale pours to a hazy yellow orange color with a thick fluffy white head of foam and a juicy citrus and tropical fruit nose. Taking a sip, the beer is juicy with tropical mango and pineapple, a bit of citrusy tangerine and grapefruit, a touch of earthy vegetal darkness, and a moderately bitter finish that does linger a bit on the tongue after sipping. It’s very juicy, and very delicious, and the “green” dank vegetal notes sort of remind me of a certain radioactive dinosaur.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, canned