Ume Umai – Gigantic Brewing Co. (Portland, OR, USA)

Ume Umai – Beer with plum and black rice – Gigantic Brewing Company, 7.5% ABV, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Inspired by the Japanese flavor palette, we combined plums, black rice and pilsner malt to make a unique beer experience. Brewed ‘dry’ in the Asian manner, ume umai is fruity, yet earthy and above all refreshing and delicious.”



  • Style: (flavoured – plum, black rice) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Fruity tangy plum earthy rice barley malt dry roughish
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $11.55 (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours opaque cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish but ultra-long lasting “it’s alive”/nano foamy retention, all-encompassing clusters of active streams.

Nose: light plummy toasted barley malt with tang, farty barley malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slick-almost NO2 creamy, crisp

Mid-palate: tingly-tangy, (lvl-4-sweetness), light sour plum, background sweet barley malt, grainy earthy rice

Finish: plum tanginess, light pukey, a touch of saltiness, slight dry barley malt roughness, very subtle bitterness.

Summary: Lots of crispness in this one, balanced well with a tanginess that lays just beneath the fruity flavour, holding its hand along the way. Slight dry roughness at the finish but otherwise very drinkable, 7.5% ABV undetectable.