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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: 637   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Another great beer from Jacob. Very cloudy orange with a 1.5 inch white head. Lots of floaties...almost chunky. Smells of bread, a little pine and tons of cedar. Not a citrusy IPA; more of the piney hoppy character. Nicely malted and full of the cedar notes. Interesting beer courtsey of your mom.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
RBSG 2006 Ė Grand Tasting. Attractive gem-like, burnt-orange coloration with a collapsing, cottony off-white head. Aroma has pleasing herbal and cedar branch elements. Smells like a newly constructed wood cabin in a pine forest. Medium bitter and semi-dry; the flavor deadens a bit on the tongue, but leaves pleasant, lingering cedar wood, spice, and mellow, earthy hop qualities. A very distinct, creative, and enjoyable beer from Hitachino. More please.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
This beer had been recommended by a couple beer geek friends.

Pours a hazy bronze body, lots of sediment, and a billowing light tan head. As noted in ratings below, this beer was also a gusher. The aroma smells of a spontaneous fermentation, with large sour notes of brett and lactic suggestionÖ also very spicy and peppery! I seriously doubt that this beer was intended this way, but it reminds me of many of Ron Jefferyís Jolly Pumpkin beers with all this wild yeast and extreme spiciness. Lots of fruitiness, the ceder wood does standout nicely, and the hops add an nice bitterness, slightly acidic at times, to the finish. The palate has good textureÖ Well done, especially for a moderately infected beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Hazy tan body emanates a very piney aroma. I guess part of it is the cedar cask, but part of it has to be the hops as well. A touch of leather. Fairly dry. Definitely hoppy. This is a really interesting take on an IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Significant off-white medium-sized head. Asian flowers and ladies powder room notes. Bubbly with up-front fruity notes that quickly turn very bitter and unpleasant -- perhaps itís the cedar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown golden with a huge light beige head--stupid bottle fizzed over upon opening it. Aroma is mainly funky yeast, though it does have some earthiness, wood, and pepper. Smells good, though not necessarily like an IPA. Quite peppery in the taste, more funk and plain bitterness. Herbal and kinda fruity. It may get points for originality, though Iím not entirely sure how much I like this one. Carbonation a little too sharp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 very nice. the aftertaste actually tastes good. i was worried about beer from japan, but itís delicious. i recommend to anyone with taste buds. 5 out of 5 at the seattle beer fest. best IPA yet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Pours a hazy amber orange with a lingering white head. The aroma has a bit of fruit, citrus and pepper. Medium body and light carbonation. The flavor is slightly sweet/sour and has the big hops I expect in a IPA, but itís on the low side of the IPA hoppiness scale. Nice grapefruit bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Pours waxy golden amber w/ full semi creamy froth. Aroma is slightly musty w/ ripe grapefruit . Medium nectar w/ ample reidual effers. Flavors are dry w/ a defined white grapefruit rind character. Finish has a nice bittering. Overall: Itís a hoppy, aspirin laden, delicately flavored IPA from Japan. Alcohol is well hidden. Not a malt bomb. *****Revisited 8-9-2007.***** I have to say this brew is classic. It hits the 7% abv mark, itís not overly malted and the hops are define yet not out to burn you. Itís fresh, snappy, white grapefruit flavors are very inviting and a nice change a pace from the usual IPA. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Yow! A gusher! Quickly got it and the glass, and went away for a towel or two... Hazed amber color, enormous, fluffy head, maintains itís dominance for a millenia, it seems... Aroma broadcasts yeast and malt, long and high...biscuits and gravy...buttery, oaky notes....mellow fruit, a zesty, bready thing, with tidy hops and citric hints...nice. I like it. A return of the same on the tongue. Spicy, fruity, malty, ...tasty, drinkable. Good. Meaty. A fine pale ale. Canít really feel the effect of this "cedar cask maturation", but thatís my fault, I guess. Canít find a fault with it, but neither is it a socks-knocker-offer... Good ale, ínuff said.


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