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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.5
   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.

4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3234) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2075) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theviolet (181) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Cedar aroma. Very woody. Pours copper with a nice long lasting head. Initial flavor is mostly cedar with hints of sweet malt and faint hops. As it warms though, a nice citrus hoppiness comes through. The cedar still is the dominant quality in this beer as it subdues both the malts and hops. An interesting ale to say the least. Very smooth drinking ale.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a dark copper with a thick lasting head. Roasted barley, cedar in the aroma then becoming much more citrus as you go through the bottle. About half way through the bottle, it was much more grapefruit aroma then later in the bottle which was more orange aroma. Taste is very smooth with a good balance of malt and hops, but definitely a lot of hops. The aftertaste as a nice touch of grapefruit dryness to finish it off. This is by far the best Japanese beer I have ever had.


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