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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
red/brown color, with a good amount of chill haze. light tan head that disapates rather quickly due to the carbination coming thru. The smells of malts and wood (cedar in this case), spices and sweetness are rather nice. The flavors are rounder than expected from a Japanese beer. The sweetness, spice and carbination give it a pleasant playfulness with sushi. The finish is rather sweet and clean. I will buy this again if the price can come down a bit, $7 for a 12 oz. in a sushi bar (ouch).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2008
The aroma was fruity and lightly floral with an underlying caramel/candy sweetness. The aroma contained some tropical fruits and a nice peppery spice aromatic. The beer poured into the glass a hazy peach color with a white very low head which did lace at the glass. The flavor was lightly sweet with more candy/caramel at first and then some peppery light spice flavors emerged. The flavor was refreshing and had a bit of a spicy/woody nature from the cedar with a bit of light tannins. The finish was dry with lasting spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low level of carbonation but still a spritzy nature on the palate. A nice Belgian Pale Ale, but a bit of an odd IPA. 11.2 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle: Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head. Aroma, herbal and floral hoppy notes, with a bready, caramel malt background. Flavor, some apples, caramel, bready notes, some other light fruity notes, a bit woody, with a slight lingering earthy bitterness. A good deal of carbonation, nice woodsy, earthy aftertaste. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Pours dark hazy amber with thin, quickly disappearing off-white head leaving some lacing. Extremely mild aroma, grassy and herbal hop flavors as well as pear like fruity hop scents. Big maltiness in the flavor, hearty rice and other cereal flavors. Woodiness. Also some hints of apple and pear. Mouthfeel is full for an ale, slightly creamy and a little buttery. Lingering flavors of vegetable-like bitterness and alcohol. Very simple, and good, ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
A little bit like some of the oak-aged stuff that I have tried but the cedar is definitely discernable. Pours a golden brown with medium offwhite head. slight aroma of hops. Nice balance of dry hops and caramel malt. A touch of vanilla. Body is pretty full. Lasting bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Very woody flavor, especially the aftertaste. Nice color, good head. I agree w/ one of the earlier reviewers who described it as an "odd beer". I agree, but thatís a good thing. Never quite had a beer like this one. I would get this beer again, despite itís heafty $8 price tag for a 24 oz bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Single bottle: complex flavor, I really liked it. Decent head, amber color, smells good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
A very good IPA...something different here, though. Aroma of grassy hops. Pour was a nice dark hazy orange with a one finger white head. Taste was classic IPA; dry, very hoppy with just a tad of malt in the middle to balance it out. But what it odd is I taste ginger in this beer. Also there is a peppery aftertaste. Neither were expected, but add to the complexity and oddity of this beer. I havenít seen any other comments about this. Very good IPA from this Japanese brewer. Hides the 7% well also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Grapefruit citrus and ceder aroma. Hazy orange color with a large white head. Ceder and grapefruit hops with a slight amount of malts throughout the taste. Malt gets mildly strong in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theviolet (184) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Iím not really getting much from the aroma. Some light malt, not much hops. Bright copper, small white head. Interesting. A light sweet creaminess, Iím assuming from the cedar.

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