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


on tap

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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Purchased at Beverage Castle, Tampa. A sediment laden pour looked somewhat hazy with orange/copper hues. The aggressive carbonation created an initial inch and a half tall light tan head. The aroma is sweet grapefruit hops mixed with sweet smelling malts. It starts to smell like orange flavored hard candy. The big carbonation causes an initial explosion of citrus hop bitterness that is quickly sweetened with malt. Then there is an earthy quality that surfaces along with grain or pale malts and then more earthiness. The whole while there is a persistent citrus hop bitterness that rides right into the after taste. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sandollor (48) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Again, a year later and I am right above my brother! Ha! Not a bad beer. I havenít tried any other beers from Japan, but I would now after trying this one. Very light in look and taste. Much lighter then typical IPAs. Evidently I dislike most Indian Pale Ales, but this is agreeable. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Lightly sweet aromas of mixed fruit. Slightly hazy light amber color, with a decent white head. Starts a bit tart, moves to light fruitiness. The body is not strong. The wood casks seem to contribute a light earthy, woody aspect. Itís really quite pleasant, and there is a decent amount of hop bitter. If it wasnít so expensive, Iíd buy it on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6247) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle: Dark ruddy orange with a nice rolling hill head of solid foam. Interesting light fruity aroma. This drinks quite well, full of fruity flavors ... watermelon, carrot juice, green tea, blood orange. Solid cloying hop bitter finish. This is an exceptional, different beer ... quite delicious. (#2951, 6/3/2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Pours an attractive, slightly hazy copper with a billowy off-white head. Prominent earthy, cedary aroma with a touch of pear, nice. Flavor has notes of pear/apple, cedar, light caramel, earthy British hops and pepper. Pleasant level of sweetness, moderately bitter. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively, spritzy carbonation. A very original IPA. Neat stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 25, 2007
much more like a yeasty belgian than an IPA. Yeasty and floral aroma, with hey, farm and outhouse notes. Very bitter finish. Obviously matured in sake casks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. $3.99 @ Holiday Wine Cellar. What a deliciously interesting beer this turned out to be. The minute I popped this open, it gushed all over the place. Carbonation was obviously too high, but upon sitting a second or two, it was fine. In fact, it didnít lose much carbonation, actually. Poured a nice amber/golden color. Aroma was funky as hell. I guess the funkiness comes from the Cedar, but damn if it didnít smell like it was full of brett. In fact, the flavor was like an IPA with a slight amount of brett in the mix. If I was drinking this without knowing any better I would assume this was a hopped up Belgian beer infused with Bretts. As it is, itís damn fine, if not very complex and odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Deep slightly hazy dark amber body, big fluffy yellowish head; Big nose, not at all what I expected, lots of very clear ceder notes, but lots of very caramel sweet malty aromas as well; Big soft carbonation in quite soft but a bit thin body, sweet and slightly bitter; Very cedery finish, hop aromas as well bitter as a little sharp, malty sweet. Quite strange beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Pours a very hazy deep peachy amber with a modest fluffy white head and some spotty lace. Aroma is earhty and herbal hops, slightly grassy, hay, fresh cut mulch- cedary and even hints of black cherry wood- cyanide. More woody hints, vanilla cream, straw, doughy malts, and has a light herbal bitter finish. Nice beer overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
05-May-07 11.2oz bottle picked up at Half Time in Poughkeepsie. Pretty orange amber color beneath sturdy white head that fades to a sheet. Aroma is spectacular and eye-opening. Floral, perfumed, herbal hops remind of Orval initially, but quickly evolving are fragrant fresh peppers, barnish hay, black pepper, wow, just brilliant. Medium-full bodied, palate coating, soft effervescence. The softness is disrupted with a pleasant mix of woody, dusty dryness and hoppy astringency. This beer is full of distinct directions, the peppery cedar, the floral hops, the fruity malts, and in impeccable balance. For peteís sake, I canít believe it took me so long to get a second crack at this fantastic stuff. Amazing.

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