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

bottled
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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Significant off-white medium-sized head. Asian flowers and ladies powder room notes. Bubbly with up-front fruity notes that quickly turn very bitter and unpleasant -- perhaps itís the cedar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown golden with a huge light beige head--stupid bottle fizzed over upon opening it. Aroma is mainly funky yeast, though it does have some earthiness, wood, and pepper. Smells good, though not necessarily like an IPA. Quite peppery in the taste, more funk and plain bitterness. Herbal and kinda fruity. It may get points for originality, though Iím not entirely sure how much I like this one. Carbonation a little too sharp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 very nice. the aftertaste actually tastes good. i was worried about beer from japan, but itís delicious. i recommend to anyone with taste buds. 5 out of 5 at the seattle beer fest. best IPA yet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Pours a hazy amber orange with a lingering white head. The aroma has a bit of fruit, citrus and pepper. Medium body and light carbonation. The flavor is slightly sweet/sour and has the big hops I expect in a IPA, but itís on the low side of the IPA hoppiness scale. Nice grapefruit bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Pours waxy golden amber w/ full semi creamy froth. Aroma is slightly musty w/ ripe grapefruit . Medium nectar w/ ample reidual effers. Flavors are dry w/ a defined white grapefruit rind character. Finish has a nice bittering. Overall: Itís a hoppy, aspirin laden, delicately flavored IPA from Japan. Alcohol is well hidden. Not a malt bomb. *****Revisited 8-9-2007.***** I have to say this brew is classic. It hits the 7% abv mark, itís not overly malted and the hops are define yet not out to burn you. Itís fresh, snappy, white grapefruit flavors are very inviting and a nice change a pace from the usual IPA. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Yow! A gusher! Quickly got it and the glass, and went away for a towel or two... Hazed amber color, enormous, fluffy head, maintains itís dominance for a millenia, it seems... Aroma broadcasts yeast and malt, long and high...biscuits and gravy...buttery, oaky notes....mellow fruit, a zesty, bready thing, with tidy hops and citric hints...nice. I like it. A return of the same on the tongue. Spicy, fruity, malty, ...tasty, drinkable. Good. Meaty. A fine pale ale. Canít really feel the effect of this "cedar cask maturation", but thatís my fault, I guess. Canít find a fault with it, but neither is it a socks-knocker-offer... Good ale, ínuff said.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours a hazy copper coloured body with an off white nice lacing head. Aroma is dominated with cedar but past the cedar there is some citrus hops and lots of black pepper. Flavour is malty with lots of black pepper and cedar wood notes. Hops create a bitter finish. Very unique and quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. Iíll admit, it looks like just about any other IPA out there. Thatís about where the similarities end. The cedar really comes through in the aroma, along with a slight citrus hoppiness. Itís there, but not anywhere near overwhelming. Rather woody and malty in the mouth and very tasty. Again, the hops are there, but they play nice, nothing like the stereotypical IPAs out there. I enjoyed this one. Very different but very refreshing at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. A bit cloudy; orange bottom, brown top. Frothy white-tan head. A few bubbles. Sweet hops and then immediately cedar. The two noses blend into a spicy pepper. A dry cedar pucker works back through the mouth, Undertones of unripe apricot. Semi-dry finish with cherry sweetness in the corners of my lips. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1743) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Pours a thick, syrupy (looking) dark mango with tons of "floaties". Off-white soap head with little retention and medium lace. Pine-cedar spiced aromas predominate. A lighter, fruitier version of an IPA... definitely not bad at all.... Iím picking up mellow citrus and a medium-thick spiced hop mid-palate and back. Itís definitely got a complex character, and I thoroughly enjoy it, but a little less body than a traditional IPA. Itís a unique brew, and a great find!


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