HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a lot of hops for an IPA but has good hop flavor. Decent malt backbone too. Itís the cedar aroma/flavor that really sets this beer apart. You can smell it before you bring the glass to your mouth. Nice dry finish with the cedar making itís appearance at the end. Very different, well balanced and delicious!
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 11.2 oz. Hazy amber/orange. Too much alcohol flavor for me. I lost the Fíing rate to cyber and I ainít gonna type it over. KMA!
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with an average fizzy off-white head. Aroma of florals, herbs, pineapple, and sugar cane. Flavor of floral hops and herbs. The aroma and flavor is reminiscent of shaman gardens in the Amazonian region of South American.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle bought for ~$4. I hadnít 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.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 donít 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.
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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...
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 donít 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!