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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: 625   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7608) - 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 (1829) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   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 donít 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.

3.7
   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.


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