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


on tap

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RATINGS: 602   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowe1983 (1342) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Pours a cloudy light amber color with thick tan head. Aroma is of spices and a hint of cedar. Flavor is the same with a slightly hoppy finish and alcohol warming. A decent IPA but not my favorite

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 1, 2006
1/31/06. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 10/15/05. Rated blind. Pours a stately, hazy orange-gold color with very slight, almost fully diminishing cream-tan head and only trace lacing from the ring of carbonation. Small particles floating about. Aroma contains delicious berries, hints of wood and an undercurrent of soft caramel. Initial taste reveals an aged malt-hop combo reminiscent of soggy autumn leaves, somewhat grassy and straw-like with any caramel taking a back seat and the overall effect seemingly dissipating in sweetness. Still some wood character, like a combo of noble and UK hops. Fizzy tingle of carbonation that creates a mouthfeel fluffy enough to be pleasant, but the body is just not full enough to completely hold up the prickly bushy presence. Very drying in the finish with an ever-growing zippy, lightly spicy, numbing noble hop presence. Very little alcohol anywhere in there, but I could use some of that cherry/berry goodness suggested in the nose. Still a bit sticky on the lips. Somewhat papery, this bottle seemed past its prime. Still, I enjoyed it and would like to give a fresher bottle another go-’round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Fairly stong cedar wood aroma, reminiscent of a closet. Very little hop in the aroma, that or it’s contributing to the cedar. Taste is cedar wood, sake, and light hops. Would be good served in a log cabin or as an alternative to sake maybe. The cedar aroma and smell reminds me a little too much of dirty, moldy closets and places though, and inhibits my enjoyment - not a huge sake fan either really. I appreciate the individuality of this brew, though, and it really has no bad flavors or qualities, but the cedar thing definitely has to be something you want or like to enjoy this one. Bumped it up to 3 for going well with my moderately spicy food, made the cedar taste almost fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Sake like aroma, i guess its the cedar, mixed with some hops. It has a nice golden color, with a great white head. The flavor is very unique. Interesting notes of cedar, and hop spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Golden brown color with a dense white head. Very unique aroma: herbs, perfume, cedar and hops. Lightly sweet citrus followed by some floral and earth notes. A slight dry woodiness, oak/cedar with a moderate bitterness and a lemony hop finish. Very interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 This may be the best-smelling IPA ever! Beer pours a clear, medium amber with a huge, beige, frothy mostly lasting head. The aroma is complex and unusual: Malty with light notes of sweet toasted cookie and caramel; Hoppy with light notes of resin/pine, moderate notes of bright lemon; Yeasty with trace notes of dough and basement; moderate-to-heavy notes of cedar, sake and roses. Ah! So beautiful! The flavor is moderatley sweet and moderately-to-heavily bitter with a short, lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish with neat green apple and cedar retronasal aromas. Light astringency on the gums in the finish. The palate is light-to-medium with a watery texture, lively carbonation. A pretty, delicate beer with a strong personality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3635) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Lots of head. Hazy, almond cream color. I can sense the cedar here--like the cedar closet my family had when I was growing up, only no mothballs. A sharp hop edge comes across as it tamed down into a standard IPA, but it still had an odd edge, something like a Screwdriver, or maybe canteloupe? Not the best impression from this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Bright orange with considerable yeast haze. and huge piles of foamy head. Aroma is strongly of cedar with some notes of leather and resin. Flavor is sharply sweet, seasoned by more cedar influence. Has a dryish/spicy influence and is a little bit soapy at the conclusion. The alcohol comes through a fair amount.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
12/21/05: Bottle.
Cedar nose (very woody). Apricot colored body with a heavy head. Flavor is overpoweringly cedar. Other notes of pepper and some hops. Possibly a great beer if you are a woodchuck, beaver or a termite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Bottle while at the Map Room. The beer pours to a hazy brassy colored body with a creamy thin white head. The aroma is like a malty cedar blanket chest. Smooth cedary malt and light hops. Very unique flavor. The palate has a dry feel with a huge thick creamyness. Very good. Mellow hops. I like the cedar. Not necessarily the best IPA, but it gets bonus points for the cedar casking.

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