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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 628   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.


3.7
   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 (243) - 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 (1039) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crille (83) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
Nice orange color with a white head. The nose is full of caramel, pine and malty notes. Flavor is grassy, woody and full of earthy hops. Soft carbonation, light body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1273) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw colored body.. The aroma is mild smells of grains and grapes. A little surprising but nice. The taste is mild bitterness balanced with some honey sweetness and spice with a latent dry bitterness finish. Good profile. The texture is soft with moderate carbonation. A light and enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow (3787) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: The Flying Elk, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a large off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, some perfume, hops. Alcohol shines through.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, fruit, caramel, some spice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1668) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Poured a copper color with white fluffy head. Metal hops aroma was strong. Taste is bitter hops, sweet balancing caramel malt. Light cedar wood presence in the dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3318) - 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 (369) - 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.


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