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

bottled
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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (793) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2014
Avergae head. Floral smell. Hoppy flavor, some sugar, some grass and orange peel. Medium body. Not too dominating. A big step upwards from the japanese bleak lagers. An ale that competes with the good europeans.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (938) - ENGLAND - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Rich golden red ale with a thick white bubbly head. Nose is grass, grapefruit, lemons and wood. Smooth and tasty in the mouth, giving some caramel, nuts, fruitiness (lemon, grape) and some light woods. Finish has a touch of alcohol in it, giving it warmth and some saltiness giving it a longer lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2014
Looking for something different from the plethora of IPAs at the moment, then here is a treat for the taste buds. Pours copper orange with delicate lacing and faint carbonation. Aroma is biscuit, toffee, honey,orange blossom, slight resin and cedar. A very malt forward beer, slightly sweet with more toffee and honey notes. Some woody, earth notes come through with the cedar as well as faint orange and noble hop accents from the hops. Some what musky long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3371) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks avrashi. 7%. Pours yellow to brown with a small head, aroma of malt, honey, wood and fruits, flavor is bitter, fresh, orange, malt, slightly bitter, medium bodied

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Tap. Pours hazy orange with a large off-white head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is woody, cedar yes, oranges, pine, caramel, lime zest. Flavor is similar, medium sweet, light bitter, cedar for sure, zesty, oranges with a lingering bitter finish. Fullish body for style actually, creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brentv (327) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Lotsof lacing. Aroma of toffee and caramel and some citrus. Taste is toffee, caramel, citrus, nicely sweet, hint of bitterness. Medium oily mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1577) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle label matches with this one. Poured a very hazy deep mandarin orange. White ring. First pleasant impression is that it feels nicely unfiltered. Tastes of aged blood oranges. Clean leather. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Rating #997 - On tap at Beer Revolution in #yeg. Clear golden amber pour with a weak, white head that bubbles away to a ring. Aroma is strong with hoppy overtones, lemon, pine, floral, toasted malt. Taste is more of the same, dry hops and odd grainy/sandy texture (possibly from cedarwood) on the mouthfeel, dominating the flavour, with a hint of sweetness. Finish is dry, but balanced and satisfying. Nice.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JimmyBoy74 (172) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
33 cl East West Sushi. Kommer bara ihåg att jag blev besviken på smaken. Väldigt smaklös öl.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle, 02/26/2014. Pours dark orange, burnt amber, medium thick foamy white head, nice retention. Aroma slightly sweet, touch of fruit but mostly caramel notes, hay and cereal in the middle, mild grassy hops with soft cedar finish. Taste is dark toasted caramel malts, touch of honey sweetness with mild citrus hop notes in the middle, spicy cedar, fairly strong wood presence for an ale like this. Medium creamy body, drinks easy. Really nice, distinct profile, one of my favorites from Hitachino.


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