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


on tap

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RATINGS: 660   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Slightly hazy amber body with a thin white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet cedar flavor with lots of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Hazy deep yellow colour with sediment, white head. Cedar banana aroma. Very cedar flavour, perhaps a little malt. Not bad at all. Might be better if it were warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. IPA? More like a, um, Cedar beer, if ever there was a style. Pours a lush amber with dark honey highlights; nice head and lacing. Aroma is a cedar tinderbox. Flavor is a stark sweet cedar with notes of cedar and cedar. Palate is full; spreads the cedar. Decent cedar beer. <!-- b --> Did I mention this beer tastes like cedar?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Not a lot of hops for an IPA but has good hop flavor. Decent malt backbone too. Itís the cedar aroma/flavor that really sets this beer apart. You can smell it before you bring the glass to your mouth. Nice dry finish with the cedar making itís appearance at the end. Very different, well balanced and delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle 11.2 oz. Hazy amber/orange. Too much alcohol flavor for me. I lost the Fíing rate to cyber and I ainít gonna type it over. KMA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with an average fizzy off-white head. Aroma of florals, herbs, pineapple, and sugar cane. Flavor of floral hops and herbs. The aroma and flavor is reminiscent of shaman gardens in the Amazonian region of South American.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
11.2 oz bottle bought for ~$4. I hadnít previously agitated the bottle, but this one shot out of the bottle quite a bit. Once it settled down, there was a slightly cloudy (likely due to its quick exit) dark orange beer in a glass with a persistent light white head. The aroma is quite nice, with the hops and cedar combining to form a sort of sharp, earthy, almost lemon-like smell. The taste is fresh, hoppy, and ends nice and dry, with the cedar complementing this dry finish nicely. Refreshing. Might not satisfy the stauchest of hopheads, but I enjoyed this, and will likely buy more in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Quite a fun and unique tasting IPA. Cedar flavours are obvious, with some nice hop bitterness and a slight peppery quality. Even though the cedar flavours do stick out, i still think this is quite a subtle and very approachable ale, especially for 7%. Nice woody dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours very hazy amber with a one-finger whte head. Very woody aroma--cedar, of course--with some more hop-like pine aromas and a touch of lightly toasted bread. Gets better the more you smell it. Flavor begins lightly malty and largely bland, but soon enough the cedar and hops make their presence felt, and the beer turns delicious. Light hop bitterness, but the wood flavors have a bitterness all their own that makes up for any lack of hopping. Very unique, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 12, 2006
RBSG grand tasting. pours a foggy golden orange color. the cedar scent is quite pronounced. has a sandalwood flavor. bitter, but not like hop bitterness. a very rich beer. the aroma is the best part.

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