BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Pours to a cloudy deep amber colored body, bits of yeast visable (I poured the entire bottle; I like my yeast), with a medium-large eggshell-colored head that lasts. The aroma is floral, spicy hops and a strong cedar scent, itís difficult to tell whether the cedar is taking over the aroma. Taste again shows plenty of cedar, but itís not at all unpleasant. The cedar flavor actually blends very nicely with the floral, grassy, and lightly fruity hops, along with some sweet earthy caramel malts, maybe even a tiny hint of cereal. The blend of bitterness from the hops and wood flavors from the cedar casks produces a very unique taste, and also a unique feeling on the palate that I can only describe as being like an acidic sweetness (without that flavor of course). Medium bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with extended bitter floral hops and cedar wood notes, making your palate almost puckeringly dry. Very interesting and the cedar definitely adds something unique here. I would love to try a saison matured in cedar casks myself...
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Tough to see what this one looks like. It was poured in one of the coolest glasses I have ever seen in a bar (Rich Oís for this one). The glass was a greyish tan with the Hitachino logo on it. Anyway, it looks a bit hazy with a decent white head on it. Sorry I canít describe more of the appearance. The aroma is sharp with floral hop notes. The flavor is interesting. The cedar from the aging comes through, but the hops are very subtle in blending with the woody flavor. Not overly hoppy, more of an English style IPA, but well balanced. Hitachino is making a fan out of me.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral cedar and hop notes intermingle to the wondrous delight of my olfactory senses. Rich full mouthfeel that starts wonderfully and ends even better. The up front hopping is superbly well balanced and continues to build with each sip. A beautiful beer that makes me hope more brewers will use cedar barrels.
Arayaga2 (1899) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Average off-white head on an opaque honey colored beer. Aroma is a funky sweet like that of an old leather boot marinated in cider vinegar. Taste is mostly dry and slightly salty with the faint bitterness of hops, and a woody alcohol bite $3/11.2oz
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottle. Aroma strong and very malty, woody with a bit of a scotch musk. Slight medicinal twinge with ... melon? Pungent funk. And hoppy! Amber-orange pour with little (but lace-heavy) head. Crisp, tart, bitter, and sweet taste with healthy barnyard funk and strong sourness. Rubbery dryness less pronounced than in others from HN. Dry spiciness. Alcohol well-hidden. Pleasantly hoppy on the palate, even introduces some light fruitiness and citrus. Light grapefruit and lemon/orange zest join rounded chewy earthiness. Well-balanced and medium-full body. Wonderful cedar closet memories established in the finish and aftertaste, and the casky woody notes linger for minutes. Herby (with pine needles?), peppery. This is absurdly interesting, and unlike some of the other offerings from my now-beloved HN, suitable for frequent consumption.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy amber body with a thin white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet cedar flavor with lots of spice.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
HomesickAlien (20) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!