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


on tap

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6160) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3013) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2007
bottle - Pours copper with a thin head and an aroma of citrus hops and some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the hops and malt though is more mild, especially on the hops, than I expected from an IPA. It’s medium bodied, has a fairly mild finish, and is certainly easy to drink. It could stand to be more assertive though and given that the bar where I found it charges $7 a bottle, I won’t revisit it anytime soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a light copper with a beigh head. Aroma of light hops, citrus, caramel malts and peppery. Flavor is light caramel, cedar, peppery, and fruity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
09 Sept 07. 330mL bottle, 7% ABV. Matured in cedar casks. Clear, light copper color. Thin tan foamy head. Bready aroma, slight cedar is noticable. Yeasty, spicy and cedar flavors on top of sweet malt. Finish is nice and spicy with some bitterness. Tastes like a lager,but I guess it’s some kinda of IPA... Light bodied, Alcohol (7%??) is very well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Very carbonated bottle pours out a cloudy medium brown-gold with peach-red highlights and left an immense, dense, fine, light tan head. Lots oy yeast sediment in the bottle. Bright, tart aroma with sour fruits, cherry-like oxidation character, and light spice and wood. The taste gives fruit on the attack that quickly fades into a non-descript grainy body with considerable bitterness without much hops flavor. All of this is encircled by a unique fermentation profile and some aging characteristics. Strangely, the fruit returns in the finish. This reminds me much more of a lambic than in IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2007
bottle poured a cloudy amber in color with a thin layer of head on the beer. carbination is fairly active and the smell is light hops, caramel malts, citrus, and some sweet fruits. taste is good body, nice citrus notes, some caramel sweetness, light fruits, and maybe a little tea flavor. definitely not the typical ipa but a really good beer. at 4.00 for a bottle a little steep but really good stuff worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Hazy caramel, off white head. The aroma is quite unique for an IPA. A wall of pepper assaults your nose followed by malt and citrus. Flavor is peppery, hoppy, caramel, spices, wheat. Not a typical IPA flavor, but not bad by any means. If you are looking for something different, this is it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber orange. Citric nose with slight bubble gum tones it seems. Flavor is smooth with a touch of bitterness on the tip of your tongue that does not overpower. Even citric tones there as well. Feel is good with a nice bubble to it. Definitely drinkable. A nice smooth brew with even qualities. My first Hitachino. Glad to have gotten to try it. Not sure if I’d ever go back to it because of the price, but it was pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from cbkschubert (I think); nose of light flowery hops, some wood which must be cedar, but not the strength of a cedar chest, and sweetness from the malts; lightly hazed copper with a medium beige head; flavor of caramel, with somenectariney fruitiness and some light hop bitterness. I’d love to have a case of this for a stronger session brew!

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