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

bottled
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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 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 (7381) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
Glowing orange/gold. Insignificant, off white head settles completely. A few yeast floaters in there. Nose is fruity, cedary, flowery, citrus-y, with a touch of spicy-ness. Same flavors- dry, big time citrus, fresh bitterness, and some bread crust. Full, well carbonated body and a dry finish. Absolutely excellent, unique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pours a cloudy golden color, bordering on copper. Fluffy white head and an fragrant aroma of citrus rinds and various other fruits. Tasty but has an unfiltered yeasty chewy conistency in the mouthfeel. Great flavors, outside of the mouthfeel, deliciously malty and well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 From a 24 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow amber, looking almost like a wheat beer. The aroma is gently fruited hops and some sour yeast, a bit of fruit and a hint of pepperwood. The flavor is slightly sour, mellow on the hops for an IPA but not disappointingly so. Terrific complexity in the flavor, wheat and hops and a hint of apricot; pepper and cedar, full and refreshing at the same time.

This beer was a delight to drink, and the mouthfeel was spot-on. Iím really surprised at what low ratings this one has drawn on average. I think itís superb.

Tap at The Porter House in Atlanta June 5 2010.

Splendid, well balanced beer that managed to follow Bells Two Hearted without disappointing - in fact I ordered two in a row - and also pleased the non-beer-geeks I was drinking with. Iíll nudge up to 4.2.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange with a small lingering off white head. Nice lacing as you swirl the glass. Smells citrusy, orange peel, a touch of maltiness, and a slight earthy almost belgian like sweetness. Strong grapefruit and hop bitterness initially, with a good malt balance. The oak character begins to come through in the finish as the beer warms. Nice medium body. This didnít really blow me away but it is a good solid IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2006
From a 330ml. stubby narrow neck brown bottle with a short blurb about the IPA on the back label. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy golden brown with a foamy whitish beige bubbly topped head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a big spicy, peppery hop aroma with a little toasted grainy maltiness and cedar woodiness in the background. A crisp, smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Spicy, peppery hop bitterness upfront, cedar woodiness and mild toasted grainy flavors balancing the hops bitterness, an ever so light buttery yeastiness and a crisp, peppery finish. A nice take on the English IPA, tasty and mildly bitter, well worth seeking out and trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 May 26th 2007 Re-rate. <P> Big cedar notes with some sweetness and citrus notes. The cedar is so smooth and soothing. The body is a cloudy orange and holds an amazingly lasting, creamy, frothy and bone white head. Sweet malt and mild caramel notes. The finish is full of cedar notes and a slight tinge of metal. The mouthfeel is kind of spritzy, but not drasticaingly so. Still a real treat. <P> Original rating a 4.1 <P> The aroma is strong with cedar notes and then very faint notes of caramel malt. Dark cloudy amber color with a firm and lasting thumb thick white head. Smooth caramel malt in the fore is quickly followed by spicy cedar notes that affect both sweeter Italian vanillin flavors as well as medium spiciness. The wood flavor is sharp and pervasive and adds an element Iíve not found in any other beer. There is a fair amount of hoppiness, but it melds together with the cider notes as they both touch on resiny and piney flavors thought there is no mistaking the cedar presence. This was a truly unique and rewarding suprise. Damn nice beer. Vastly underrated in my opinion.


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