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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Pours a thick, syrupy (looking) dark mango with tons of "floaties". Off-white soap head with little retention and medium lace. Pine-cedar spiced aromas predominate. A lighter, fruitier version of an IPA... definitely not bad at all.... Iím picking up mellow citrus and a medium-thick spiced hop mid-palate and back. Itís definitely got a complex character, and I thoroughly enjoy it, but a little less body than a traditional IPA. Itís a unique brew, and a great find!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Poured a hazy dark gold color with a thin off-white head. Woody aroma thats failry strong but not over the top. also notes of incense, saw dust, spice, caramel and sandal wood. For those of you born in the 60ís or earlier it smells like a "head shop". Something about the aroma is addictive. I have to keep smelling it. I am not sure if it is because I like it a lot or because it is so odd you have to keep sniffing. I think because I like it. Caramel malty flavor with some wood. Kind of a let down after that aroma. Dry bitter finish. A little thin but I would like to try another bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Pours a hazy, murky golden orange color with a tall, soapy head of yellow bubbles. Some yeasty floaties are suspended lazily in the body. A slightly sour aroma of bretts greeted my nostrils at first, but after warming, the woody white cedar aroma of a finnish sauna bench combined nicely with some floral apple blossoms, creating a delightful bouquet. A hint of sour raspberries added a fruity side to the otherwise dry smell. Medium bodied, carbonated mouthfeel that brings out more cedar notes, along with some pear skins and white pine needle hops. Final smack of granny smith apple skins. Quite interesting overall, but the cedar can be a bit overly dominant. I must point out that its very well done, however, and only makes for a unique and distinguishing feature of this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Pours turbid dark straw/coppery colored with a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma and taste are simple. Tons of pulpy grapefruit juice mixed with a boatload of ground black pepper and a pinch of woody caramel malts. Thatís it in a nutshell, and it is unique and delicious. This would make a great shrimp or fish marinade!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Poured a murky amber with a small fizzy off-white head. Sort of strange aroma of some bitter pine hops and some light fruitiness. Flavor is refreshing but strange, like the aroma... some bitter pine hops but some apple cider fruitiness and lemony acidiy. Tastes sort of like a Belgian IPA. It gives me the impression that care was put into it, Iím just not sure if Iím sold on the flavors. Different. Would be nice on a really hot day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
330 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours cloudy chestnut color, with a few floaties, and a small wite head that leaves some lecing. Aroma is dominated by spicy cedar, with faint floral notes, toasty malts and sweetness come out as it warms. Sweet, toasty malts, plum, cedar, pepper, lemon grass, floral hops with a long lasting astringent cedar aftertaste. Medium body, gentle carbonation to caress the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This beer is bottle conditioned and therefore the bottle poured a cloudy, dark amber colored beverage with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and left fair lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex but dominated by hops as it should be. The aroma reminded me greatly of Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine with a moderate to heavy presence of pepper, and fruit along with subtle notes of old leather, herbs and grass. The body was quite full with an oily texture and lively carbonation. There was light astringency and alcohol warmth in the long finish. The flavor started off somewhat fruity sweet with lots of herbs, pepper and grapefruit peel. As it matured, the grapefruit character became more pronounced. This beer may be misrepresented as an IPA ... it truly tastes more like a good barleywine.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAY 11, 2006
Donít know if Iíd call this an IPA, despite the brewers note. Hops are not too apparent, and even for a traditional english style IPA, Iíd expect some. Poured a nice golden color, with a big white head. Good lacing apparent. Aroma was unusual, with little hops, but almost a lambic scent. Maybe the cedar casks? Taste was very medicinal to me. Again not much hops. Iíd probably try this again, just to see if the bottle I had was an exception, but based on this, Iím not a fan.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2006
I found this beer wonderful!! orange brown hazy liquid, dense. huge rocky mushroom head. nose of sweet fruit, apricots, pepper, citrus, and as the beer warms candy smartee nose dominates. the palate was a full bodied monusha of sweet fruit that soon intensified into nice grapefruit bittering characters. Very unique and vibrant. breaking away from the norm, x-tra points for uniqueness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. Pepper and orange aroma. Amber color with explosive head. White pepper and malt flavor with hints of orange - I would have never guessed that this was an IPA. Not much hops flavor to this but a truly unique taste.


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