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


on tap

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RATINGS: 644   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (704) - 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 itís alcohol extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1422) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sersdf (1018) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2572) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
複雑なビール and refined. Well done aromatics of cedar swamps drying in kilns. A 23.3 fl oz btl that sat in my cellar upright and undisturbed for a year before itís opening, I can not help but think that itís undisturbed nature and correct temp and light helped it show itís best. Magnificent structure and balance. Some bandage adhesive flavors that were mellowed with the cedar sake funk. Awesome funk! This was super funky and stanky. Dank and funk permeate. If they donít get it thatís ok- more for the Magyar!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 7, 2006
12oz bottle, props to gputty! Dirty golden brown with a big, foamy off white head. Nose is dry peppery cedar. Biscuity/cookie sweet, peppery finish. IPA? WTF? No way, but damn interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours to a cloudy deep amber colored body, bits of yeast visable (I poured the entire bottle; I like my yeast), with a medium-large eggshell-colored head that lasts. The aroma is floral, spicy hops and a strong cedar scent, itís difficult to tell whether the cedar is taking over the aroma. Taste again shows plenty of cedar, but itís not at all unpleasant. The cedar flavor actually blends very nicely with the floral, grassy, and lightly fruity hops, along with some sweet earthy caramel malts, maybe even a tiny hint of cereal. The blend of bitterness from the hops and wood flavors from the cedar casks produces a very unique taste, and also a unique feeling on the palate that I can only describe as being like an acidic sweetness (without that flavor of course). Medium bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with extended bitter floral hops and cedar wood notes, making your palate almost puckeringly dry. Very interesting and the cedar definitely adds something unique here. I would love to try a saison matured in cedar casks myself...

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