Jump into fall with Umami Insider's Japanese-IPA recommendations. The IPAs you find range from taut and light to beefy and rich, with IBUs ranging from 40 to 100 – a perfect finish to the dog days of summer.

3. Oze No Yukidoke IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 5.5%

IBU: none provided

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One sip of Oze No Yukidoke and you’ll get what hopheads mean by “session IPA.” Session IPAs have all the ingredients for a lengthy beer-drinking session: low alcohol, smooth drinkability and a moderate IBU.

Oze No Yukidoke gently caresses the nose and palate with floridity – hop flowers, pineapple and light citrus fill the olfactory while a malty effervescence blooms in the middle. Oze No finishes with a crisp, quick finish, enticing you to have another sip, open another bottle or keep the session going until after the sun goes down.

4. Shiga Kogen House IPA

Style: IPA

ABV: 8%

IBU: 95

Shiga Kogen House IPA strikes a surprising balance of sweet and bitter throughout the drink. A clear golden body and a half-finger head greet you on the pour along with a bouquet of orange candy, lemon zest and caramel. In the front you get a punch of bitterness that lingers and notes of toasted wheat, honeyed graham crackers, weak pineapple and citrus. Finally, Kogen House IPA finishes strong with a trailing bitterness intermingled with citrus.

5. Minoh Beer W-IPA

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 9%

IBU: 75

Minoh Beer produces the only W-IPA, which is simply a unique nomenclature; the Japanese word for double is daburu, which sounds like “W” in the Latin alphabet, hence the name. Now for the important stuff.

Minoh’s W-IPA has a lot of pleasant bitterness and a high, yet vaguely noticeable, alcohol content. The flavor of the alcohol in the W-IPA melds into the malty notes to create a toasty sensation that lasts for a few seconds after the swallow. Minoh W-IPA sports a hazy brown head, medium body and dark amber color.