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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zarkam (516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2015
330ml bottle from Tartu, hazy orange colour, small mostly vanishing fizzy off-white head, little lacing. Sweet and spicy moderately malty aroma of hay, caramel and nuts with moderate citric and resiny hops and some notes of cedar. Taste is initially moderately sweet and slightly sour, turning into a moderately bitter finish with a mildly alcoholic feel. Medium to full body, slick mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Fairly interesting and quite balanced at the same time, would’ve thought the cedar to be more noticeable considering how strongly it smells in cigar boxes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melnis (238) - LATVIA - JAN 28, 2015
Interesants alus, ar savu odziņu. Principā man ne ļoti, bet visiem iesaku pagaršot, jo tas bija man subjektivais viedoklis, jo alus kopumā ir ļoti ļoti labs. Ja kadam patik ši specifika, tad vertejums ari butu augsts

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (602) - SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Clear, lively amber beer with a decent foamy head. Sweet citrus aroma. Flavour is tangy grapefruit, undercut by caramel and a sour, malty aftertaste. It’s really nicely balanced and if anything a touch too drinkable for the strength!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Tap at drink baar, tallinn. Hazy deep yellow color, white head. Aroma is malts, some sour notes. Sweet malty body, sour notes and fruity hops. Quite interesting ipa.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (441) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours slightly hazy amber with small white head. Aroma of amarillo hops, caramel, sweet. Taste is medium swwet and medium bitter, amarillo, riped plums. Good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cruzer (94) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle, nice dark yellow pour, little head and little lacing. Sweet aroma and taste of hops and malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (516) - - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle from archer road beer stop, sheffield. Misty amber ale with off white head. Very malty for an ipa, lots of wood and bread. Taste is sweet and balanced with subtle buy lasting bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2015
A curious creature, sampled alongside the IPA and Red Rice from the same brewery. The aromas were a little more forthright than the IPA, offering masses of apricot, peach and and stonefruit, but less of the herbals that came with the IPA. The mouthfeel was sherbety and came with a fair bit of sweetness and punchy bitterness. A tasty drop I enjoyed for some time because of the bitterness provided.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10089) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2014
draught@Erzbierschof - clear and bright red-amber beer under a giant creamy foam; shy and restrained aroma of dried fruits and exotic herbs; medium-bodied, some sweetness and a bit oily with a moderate bitterness, light residual sweetness and long herbal and fruity (quince) ?) finish with hints ofmint as well - unusual IPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (713) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
Restrained but fruity aroma with active head and dark amber colour. Very well balanced body/flavour with nicely sustained bitter finish.


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