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

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RATINGS: 624   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
11.2 oz bottle bought for ~$4. I hadn’t previously agitated the bottle, but this one shot out of the bottle quite a bit. Once it settled down, there was a slightly cloudy (likely due to its quick exit) dark orange beer in a glass with a persistent light white head. The aroma is quite nice, with the hops and cedar combining to form a sort of sharp, earthy, almost lemon-like smell. The taste is fresh, hoppy, and ends nice and dry, with the cedar complementing this dry finish nicely. Refreshing. Might not satisfy the stauchest of hopheads, but I enjoyed this, and will likely buy more in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Quite a fun and unique tasting IPA. Cedar flavours are obvious, with some nice hop bitterness and a slight peppery quality. Even though the cedar flavours do stick out, i still think this is quite a subtle and very approachable ale, especially for 7%. Nice woody dryness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours very hazy amber with a one-finger whte head. Very woody aroma--cedar, of course--with some more hop-like pine aromas and a touch of lightly toasted bread. Gets better the more you smell it. Flavor begins lightly malty and largely bland, but soon enough the cedar and hops make their presence felt, and the beer turns delicious. Light hop bitterness, but the wood flavors have a bitterness all their own that makes up for any lack of hopping. Very unique, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2006
RBSG grand tasting. pours a foggy golden orange color. the cedar scent is quite pronounced. has a sandalwood flavor. bitter, but not like hop bitterness. a very rich beer. the aroma is the best part.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
11.2 oz bottle: Light coppery brown w/a lasting cream colored head. Woody cedar aroma w/ some spicy yeast up front. Caramel malt, and very little hops, but very toasty malt aroma. Low fruitiness. Well balanced, bitterness is on the low side for an IPA, but I have no idea how old the bottle is so that could have something to do with it. Either way, I don’t mind it being more well balanced. Caramel and toasty malt are pretty evident w/ toasty being predominant. Not a lot of woodiness in the flavor. Hints of some light bitterness at the finish, but still medium sweet w/ a toasty and woody flavored aftertaste. Medium body, smooth m/f, medium carbonation, and well hidden alcohol. I like the cedar character that the aging adds to this beer. I also like the fact that it is not overly bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
big bottle.... Aroma:Citrus,pepper and spicy... Appearance:Hazy gold, a lot of chunk of yeast,small head... Flavor:citrus full of spicy....Not realy a ipa for me...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3182) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2006
I called this beer II, simply because there are three beers called Classic Ale avialable at Isetan, with the main difference being the label (this is pink). I also don’t believe this is 5% as it says on the label as it feels alot bigger than that and Dan the brewer indicated so. Med-dark amber color, with a huge head. HUGE caramel and cedar notes in the nose, with a touch of floral hops. Mouth is med-full with lots of carmal and cedar, though very well balance. Finish has mild bitterness, but not exciting. Not exactly sure what it was aiming for. Kind of like a bastardized (albeit tastey) strong English Ale. Interesting, but still prefer the original.
Earlier Rating: 10/6/2004 Total Score: 4
Similar to their new years ale as it had virtually no head, vanilla, apples, cinammon, cardomon and leaves in the nose. The body was rich with a bit of malty sweetness, ending with a chocolately, cardamon finish. If this is what classical ale tasted like in Japan, put me in a time machine and send me back!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintocb (645) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Another great beer from Jacob. Very cloudy orange with a 1.5 inch white head. Lots of floaties...almost chunky. Smells of bread, a little pine and tons of cedar. Not a citrusy IPA; more of the piney hoppy character. Nicely malted and full of the cedar notes. Interesting beer courtsey of your mom.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
RBSG 2006 – Grand Tasting. Attractive gem-like, burnt-orange coloration with a collapsing, cottony off-white head. Aroma has pleasing herbal and cedar branch elements. Smells like a newly constructed wood cabin in a pine forest. Medium bitter and semi-dry; the flavor deadens a bit on the tongue, but leaves pleasant, lingering cedar wood, spice, and mellow, earthy hop qualities. A very distinct, creative, and enjoyable beer from Hitachino. More please.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
This beer had been recommended by a couple beer geek friends.

Pours a hazy bronze body, lots of sediment, and a billowing light tan head. As noted in ratings below, this beer was also a gusher. The aroma smells of a spontaneous fermentation, with large sour notes of brett and lactic suggestion… also very spicy and peppery! I seriously doubt that this beer was intended this way, but it reminds me of many of Ron Jeffery’s Jolly Pumpkin beers with all this wild yeast and extreme spiciness. Lots of fruitiness, the ceder wood does standout nicely, and the hops add an nice bitterness, slightly acidic at times, to the finish. The palate has good texture… Well done, especially for a moderately infected beer!


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