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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I was expecting some type of smooth japaneese ale good with some sushi. From the first sip what a suprise. A good hop bite but I did not detect the ipa classification. An old woody flavor. But the overall flavor palate and everything else is spicy downright pepery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear light orange color with foamy off white head. Pleasant comingling of caramel malt, toasted bread, and light sprucy hop aromas. Unlike some of the previous raters I don’t detect the cedar notes. Flavors are similar. Crisp finish with sublte lingering hop bitterness. My initial impression was that it tasted like a European lager. Never would have pegged it as an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Extremely effervescent, pouring a huge tan and rocky head. The colouris deep hazy amber like unfiltered apple cider. The aroma is instantly of cedar and tobacco and a light hint of lemony goldings hops. The flavour is a touch sweet with the woody notes continuing in the mouth and a very lovely crisp bitter finish. The cedar maturation is the standout here but the nature of the IPA beneath the wood is clearly of high quality. A nice beer but a bit over priced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Hazy tangerine with huge, long lasting and beautiful khaki head, settling in a lumpy dome with trails of sparkly lace down the glass. The cedar aroma is what hits me first, along with a spicy forest or tobacco kind of scent. Like opening a cedar box of top-notch cigars while standing in a spruce forest after a rain. Lively, surprising, a bit bombastic, but so different and so interesting. Resiny woody flavor, with a modest level of bitterness and a bit of sweetness, transitioning into a clovey dry finish. A remarkable and distinct re-thinking of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bubblegum and oak mix with the slightly floral aroma. Hazy amber in color. Too much wine barrel flavor and overwhelms the hoppiness and malt. Overly spicy in a bad way - tastes like a bad west coast winter beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2061) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Amber body with a gray overflowing head. Weird metallic grape and lemon spice nose. Off sweet sugar flavor with raisins in the finish. Overly sweet with unfriendly spices. Ap-3 ar-4 tas-3 pal-1 ov-7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - 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 (2316) - 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.

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