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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6632) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- my bottle courtesy of SecretSanta. Pours a hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeast, fruit, hops, some wood and spices -- this is a tough one to describe, I like it though. Flavour not as much: It follows the aroma with the yeast, fruit and wood along with a decent amount of spices and a decent bitter finish -- it’s somewhat unique but it’s just O.K. Medium bodied. It’s interesting but I’d say it’s just ’good’ and not ’great’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & mabel - courtesy of blankboy. Slightly hazy reddish-orange with a small head. Odd aroma - slight sour/funkiness, wood, lemon, grain - I sort of like it, but it’s hard to describe it. Flavour follows - strange spice and grain notes, some tart woodiness, pepper and yeast. I had no idea that this was supposed to be an IPA - in that case, it’s definitely way off-style. But I still sort of liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6278) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle (720ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and mabel, blankboy’s bottle. Hazy pale orange with a small diminishing frothy head. Peppery yeast aroma with sour lemon and sugary malt. Taste is incredibly peppery, quite sour too - like lemonade aged in green oak barrels. Astringent, sour and thin mouthfeel, with a bitter peppery finish - interesting, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Hazy reddy-amber with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly yeasty with musty muted wood like my old travel trunk, odd grainy notes. Dilute, mild grains, not much bitterness, light astringency in the finish clings to the back of the throat. Average palate is smooth but a touch thin. Meh, not unpleasant but fails to excite me - there is just something about their stuff that does not do it for me. Worth trying nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours a hazy golden bronze with a nicely-lacing thin white head. Aroma has a light caramel malty presence and a good mild cedar woody presence with some earthy bitter hop balance. Body starts with a nice malty sweetness revealing a drier woody, earthy bittering hoppiness finishing slightly warming and complex. A unique and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a large rocky white head, nice lacing. Aroma is pine, malt, spicy. Flavor is pine, malt, grapefruit, orange. Palate is medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry bitter finish. I enjoyed this, not great but solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
beer explodes out of the bottle, a massively hazy amber-orange full of chunks ripped from the bottom of the bottle. big orange head retains well, laces fine. cedar is far and away the most prominent note in the nose, with the pine being nicely complimented by some hop spiciness. beer flavor is extra-dry, with initial malt flavor (lightly toasty) fading fast in big wood flavors, and closed off completely by some puckering hop flavor and bitterness. too fizzy to drink well, but a suprisingly balanced and drinkable beer none-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Smells like orange PEZ candy and an english bitter combined. Pours a hazy orange, thin head. Flavor is interesting, lots of sweet citrus at the start, then a wonderfully hoppy midsection, and a long, bitter and malty ending. Hides it’s alcohol extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1481) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Out of all the crappy beers we drank that night from aurstralasia, this had a unique flavor. Definitely hoppy but weird cheese/yogurt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2006
cheesy aroma. pretty damned creamy. very unusual. caramel-colored. clear. i just like it for its interestingness. not particularly good.

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