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: 702   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (788) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 31, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: three hours to the New Year and the boys are still going strong... APPEARANCE: a flourishing, bubbly amber orange body that shows opaquely... head is nearly two fingers’ worth of bubbly, creaminess; fingers outstretch from its waves... leaves artistic smears in its sky... AROMA: light, airy hops that evoke peach, mango and grapefruit--almost tropical... malts are woody, slightly musky, and pungent--an earthy, mellow IPA... PALATE: medium-bodied, easy-drinking, and textured--provides a pleasant but nuanced drink.. TASTE: soft honeysuckle and lilac make for a light, floral start; the lemon, mango and damp yeasts make for a varied experience... the malts are balanced, giving off a bit of earthy, wooden notes, old and familiar, with some vegetable notes.. OVERALL: having passed many of these bottles through the decades, this particular one found its way into a break pack sampler...a worthwhile throwback to the day when IPA meant long ship travel, not East Coast/West Coast hop nuances...subtle in its strength and reasonable in its memorable flavor, this is a beer worth seeking out again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Dank fruit flavor. Bitter and hoppy. Mostly pleasant - wasn't expecting to like it. Draft at fish and beer in Hong Kong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1447) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Ruby, effervescent, with a generous head. Light caramel aroma. Light butterscotch notes. Nice and pleasant but not the most imaginative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
anstei (940) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Bitter and feasty as an IPA, pleasant sweetness. Rather underwhelming aroma, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Manslow (1018) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 8, 2015
Butelka bączek 0,33l Kolor mętnawy, złoty, piana nikła szybko znika.Aromat drożdżowo-słodowy z karmelem. Smak słodki z sosnowymi posmakami, niezbyt przyjemny.Alkohol wyczuwalny, goryczka pozostaje na podniebieniu. Takie sobie piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (995) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Aroma - sweet malts with spicy hops and some wood notes Appearance - hazy amber color some bits present. Off-white head Taste - spices, wood, caramel. Unique. Palate - medium body, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (280) - - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Pours unclear gold amber with a small white head that lingers nicely. Nose is hops and cedar with some caramel malt as well. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Taste is quite similar with the nose with addition of peach and apple, quite bitter. Aftertaste is woody and dry with a bitter ending. The cedar flavor is a pleasent addition to this unique ipa! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (996) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Live Rating of an 11.2 oz bottle at home, cooled in the fridge for an hour, poured into a tulip. Aroma of cold tea and training shoe. Hazy brown with a creamy off-white head. Head leaves good lacing. Quite malty for an IPA: predominant flavours are caramel, nuts and cereal. Slick mouthfeel, mild carbonation, bitter finish. Nice beer, but aroma hinted at something a bit more complex than the beer delivered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1683) - SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2015
Sample at a local tasting event. Golden body with a minor white head. Caramel, floral notes, spices, wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (16926) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2015. Clear golden beer with a small but lasting offwhite I head. Malty caramel aroma, grapes, citrus, floral, hay, some pin. Hoppy citrus flavor, grapes, bready, hay, floral, some caramel.

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