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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: 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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Hazy reddy-amber with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly yeasty with musty muted wood like my old travel trunk, odd grainy notes. Dilute, mild grains, not much bitterness, light astringency in the finish clings to the back of the throat. Average palate is smooth but a touch thin. Meh, not unpleasant but fails to excite me - there is just something about their stuff that does not do it for me. Worth trying nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours a hazy golden bronze with a nicely-lacing thin white head. Aroma has a light caramel malty presence and a good mild cedar woody presence with some earthy bitter hop balance. Body starts with a nice malty sweetness revealing a drier woody, earthy bittering hoppiness finishing slightly warming and complex. A unique and enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a large rocky white head, nice lacing. Aroma is pine, malt, spicy. Flavor is pine, malt, grapefruit, orange. Palate is medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry bitter finish. I enjoyed this, not great but solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
beer explodes out of the bottle, a massively hazy amber-orange full of chunks ripped from the bottom of the bottle. big orange head retains well, laces fine. cedar is far and away the most prominent note in the nose, with the pine being nicely complimented by some hop spiciness. beer flavor is extra-dry, with initial malt flavor (lightly toasty) fading fast in big wood flavors, and closed off completely by some puckering hop flavor and bitterness. too fizzy to drink well, but a suprisingly balanced and drinkable beer none-the-less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Smells like orange PEZ candy and an english bitter combined. Pours a hazy orange, thin head. Flavor is interesting, lots of sweet citrus at the start, then a wonderfully hoppy midsection, and a long, bitter and malty ending. Hides it’s alcohol extremely well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Out of all the crappy beers we drank that night from aurstralasia, this had a unique flavor. Definitely hoppy but weird cheese/yogurt flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2006
cheesy aroma. pretty damned creamy. very unusual. caramel-colored. clear. i just like it for its interestingness. not particularly good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
From bottle. Pours a hazy orange with big, foamy, off whtie head. Nose is cedar, and lots of it, with an underlying fruitcake like spice. Flavor is mildly sweet, orangy syrup and nicely mild bitter finish. Interesting take on an IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Not your normal IPA aroma. Bread and cedar wood are present. Cloudy copper color body with off white head and some floaters moving around in the pint glass. Dry mild fruit flavor that was somewhat sour and tangy citrus. Sour yeasty bite but seemed to have enough balance to not be overwhelming. Dry on the palate maybe good to have a water or swill wash after this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A hazy puke almond color with a nice off-white head. The cedar qualities are evident in the flavor. This beer follows the IPA style in part but not as malty as the English variety. Rating from December 2005 notes.


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