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


on tap

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RATINGS: 637   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
Aroma is not American in hoppning. Lots of residual sweetness, earthy hops, light, light woody notes, amber colour, medium white head, lacing. Big bite, softened by a noticable sweetness, good flavours, but not as uber hoppy as one is used to. Medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9630) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 18, 2014
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Pale orange, small tight head. Initially a stodgy grain aroma, but later a white peppery hop aroma. Very weird twist in the taste, flavour ninjutsu, just when you think you nailed it from the aroma it dives out of the way and presents a different face. Very spicy, but more maustepippuri than white pepper. Sweetish malts give it a smooth palate, and there’s pleasant carbonation to keep it crisp. Taste so spicy, can’t believe it’s reinheitsgebot. So peppery. Very hard to score, it’s reall quite off-the-wall. definitdely worth hunting out to experience something quite unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (95) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
A pleasant surprise. Since the store was out of the white ale we tried this. A good flavor and palate. Will be enjoying another bottle soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (795) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Aroma is floral hoppiness with notes of clove, straw and lemon grass. Some sweet malts aswell. Taste is roasty malts, caramel, light plum and some moderate bitter tang on finish. Light spiciness can be detected aswell. Appearance is amber/orange with a haziness and lots of fine sediment suspention. The thin white head retains moderately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (981) - SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Tanakaya Liquor Store. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1726) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Hazy, dark orange. Plenty of thick, sticky, off white head. Nice, fusty maltiness. Light spice to match. Overripe orange. Taste is fusty sweet. Some spicy dryness. Palate is chewy, with enough carbonation to even things out. Finish is toffee sweet, before a lingering, spicy bitterness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2612) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at a tasting at work. Clear dark amber with white head. Sweet and a little cardboardish aroma. Alcoholic and a little cardboardish taste, medium body and a little spicy finish. Bbd 3/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Brune orangée, assez foncée, avec une mousse rare ; en nez, malts puissants, un peu de boisé et de caramel, peut-être même un peu de pommes. Au goût, elle est toujours très maltée, fruitée et légèrement boisée. Une IPA, ça ? Agréable au goût, ronde et intéressante, mais les houblons, quoique présents, ne sont pas au niveau de ce style. J’ai pourtant la bonne bouteille, je confirme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Hazy Amber gold with an off white foam. Aromas are toasted malts with toffee and mellow oranges. Spicy and woody with light pine. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel with woody notes and green, bitter pine. Grapefruit with a dry, peppery, pithy finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
_BaR_ (19) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 10, 2014
Bell’aspetto, colore ramato torbido. In bocca si presenta bilanciata con un corpo pieno che non fa emergere molto le note luppolate. Una birra molto inglese.

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