Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Hitachino Japanese Classic Ale is brewed following the original India Pale Ale brought to Japan in the 19th century . It is slowly matured in Cedar casks which are commonly used in the brewing of traditional Japanese sake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (1393) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - APR 8, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Hazy orange with big bubbly beige head. The aroma has notes of citrus, some tropical fruits and caramel. Sweet flavor followed by hoppy bitterness, quite fruity (peach, orange), notes of caramel and toffee, a bit grassy, alcoholic with bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1654) - ISRAEL - APR 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2016 Bottle. Amber with a huge frothy head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly malty with earthy and herbal hops in the background, notes of pine, onion and soap. Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, toasted bread and biscuit, fruity, leafy and earthy hops, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Decent English IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1831) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2016
Hazy reddish bronze. Aroma is some malt, plum, and spice. Taste is really rather dry with some smoke and bay leaves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle@riga airport with Erik. Haze three finger. Earthy Fruity lavendel sarge notes. Bay leaves earthy umami taste. Dry smooth. Very complex. Fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle. Sunset orange body, medium head. Aroma has herbal hops and marmalade. Quite hoppy taste with woody bitterness (is that the barrel?), some marmalade and dried orange peel. Sweet jammy finish with some bitter orange peel. Not your typical IPA, that’s for sure. But it’s interesting and memorable - extra points for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (1031) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Tokyo Station Edition @7% ABV. Pours reddish-brown with a small creamy head, ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, steady micro streams along the perimeter. Nose: light toasted sweet toffee barley malts. (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: crisp-thicker viscosity, Mid-palate: fine creamy CO2 mouthfeel, almost berrylike, (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy-zingy, woody toffee barley malt, hints of sake sweetness Finish: dryness, lingering medium sharp bitter hops. Summary: A truly enticing full mouthfeel with a solid tasting barley malt body and lasting hops to finish it off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Bright golden / orange coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, black pepper, little veg, woody. Flavour is composed of nutty, veg, earthy, hop, little black woody, hint of vanilla, Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6356) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle shared at home in Richmond. As ’Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale’, 7.5%, aged in cedar barrels. Dark orange, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is musty, woody, a little floral, dust. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is woody, dry, softly floral and smokey with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle big thanks to Dan in Richmondo. It pours clear orange - amber with a small white head. The nose is earthy, bitter - sweet, oily, tangerine, candied peel, peach, straw and greengage. The taste is crisp, bitter, straw, floral, toasted grain, cereal, tangerine, spice, orange peel and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Ok. Not sure about this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond - many thanks to Daniel. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Interesting aroma, with some lightly doughy pale bread, hay, lemon meringue. Medium sweet flavor with more simple, doughy pale malts, faint spicy pine, hay. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with more sugary dough, ripe citrus fruits, white bread, a little wood, faint herbal notes. Novel stuff. Pretty drinkable.

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