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

bottled
common

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common

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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
decent, IPA-like ale, veryy hoppy with hints of vanilla and orange that blooms in the finish. I would try it again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2005
If this is an IPA, itís not like any Iíve had. Itís cloudy, and smells nutty-woodsy. Not much head. Taste is not overwhelmingly bitter, but pleasant. Sweet, smoky, fruity. Thicker, too. Altogether, itís extremely good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange with a lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma is of a spice that I cannot name, and perhaps some cedar. The bitterness of the fruity hops (which dominate most of the flavor) do not grate on the palate. And there is definitely a lot of yeast in the flavor. This is a unique IPA. But perhaps the most exciting thing about this beer (and this brewery) is that theyíre not just cranking out effing pale lagers for export! This is a distinctive brew from east Asia! Itís expensive as hell ($4-5), but itís really good! There is hope!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Not your daddyís IPA. Pours a rather attractive cloudy orange with a thin yet lasting white head. Flavor had me worried that something was wrong. I was expecting some citrusy or perhaps piney hops but what I got was an odd slightly fruity smell with hints of allspice. Flavor is bitter and hoppy with cedar absolutely dominating everything. The cedar imparts some spiciness to the beer unlike any I have ever come across. Alcohol present in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours a orange glass with a frothy white head...lotsa lacework. Aroma is spruce and citrus. A bit sour in a cidery way, sharp on the tongue but lingers long with bitter hops. Canít tell if this one was a bit old or if it is sour by design. Iíd say not, but an interesting beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Wow, what a strange beer. Pours a cloudy orangey amber with a thin white cap head. Aroma is instant cedar with subtle malty notes no real hop aroma. The flavor is something else, itís at first a little spicey on acount of the cedar. Yet underneath is a mellow english style ipa. If you havenít tried this beer, you should.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2495) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Oh my god, these guys just keep doing weird things! At the base its a nice IPA, plenty of hops, a smooth malt body, nice natural carbonation - very cloudy amber. But man, the cedar character is very strong, and cedar is not exactly a wood I associate with consumption, more like an effective way to protect your sweaters from moths. The cedar character is almost solventy, especially in the aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Dark cloudy amber color with a tall beige rocky head. Small isle of lace. Grapefruit served on a cedar plank aroma. Hints of toast and malt in the background. Funky alluring aroma. Mild pepper, grapefruit and goldenrod flavors cover a mild pale malt flavor. Mild cedar soaks through in the finish. Mild bitters and caramel. Two nearly authentic IPAs in a weekend. I am blessed and spoiled. If I were more an IPA fan I likely would have passed out in glee (verses my normal pass out). Sometime getting back to the basics is a good thing.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Poured a nice dark amber, close to maple-syrup colour. Excellent head that lasted quite a long time. Aroma was yummy and peppery. Cedar smell was very present, but manifested as spicy more than cedary. Tasted much as it smelled, spicy with low hops aroma. Hop bitterness was very present, and the cedar taste stood in place of finish hops. Reminiscent of a Labrador Spruce beer I tried once. Nice malty sweetness acts as a great base for the high flavours, with a hint of that rummy alcohol taste. A very complex brew for a real beer afficionado. Recommended!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
Cloudy amber pour with floaties and a thick white head. Seductive aroma of green hops and cedar. Amazing flavor of green hops with cedar. The body has a medium to full thickness with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Excellent, arigato.


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