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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 660   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pumpkin87 (85) - - MAR 15, 2015
Pours hazy orange amber with fizzy tan head, a half-inch that persists and leaves little lace but some skim. Nose is grass, nuts, hay and citrus. Palate is piney hops, mild caramel malt and grassy, woody notes. A little bit of malt sweetness gives way to moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is resinous with slight fizz. This is a better balanced and more traditional take on an IPA than American hipsters might prefer, but it still aims for that part of the palate. The cedar influence is not pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle - hazy golden with a foamy pale brown head. Good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grass and spice. Taste of caramel, tar and roasted malts, followed by some honey and flowers and an earthy bitterness to finish. Medium body, low carbonation and quite warming.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5243) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
pours hazy/cloudy dark golden with a small reviving off-white cap, ealving few lacing. spicy caramel, woodsy cedar, perfumey oranges - some orange blossom, flowery, lightly piney and earthy, herbal tea, peppery yeast. average to light carbonation, light body - oily; balanced woodsy-grassy-spicy-earthy finish. english ipa-like with a cedary finish. original but overall.. o-k.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
plaugher (238) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
12oz bottle into an English pint. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a half-inch foamy head, minimal lacing. Nose of resinous hop, a bit spicy, some orangey citrus; flavour of caramel, some grapefruit towards the end, bitter finish. Curious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (890) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 1, 2015
Lovely brew! Moderate malty background, caramel, vanilla and that woody cedar touch that makes this one interesting and well balanced. Ofc.. Nice hop bill makes interesting play ripe fruits with dried fruits. Moderate sweet with moderate bitterness. Enjoyable and refreshing brew

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zarkam (526) - 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 (656) - 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 (1558) - 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 (522) - 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.


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