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


on tap

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RATINGS: 637   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours a hazy copper coloured body with an off white nice lacing head. Aroma is dominated with cedar but past the cedar there is some citrus hops and lots of black pepper. Flavour is malty with lots of black pepper and cedar wood notes. Hops create a bitter finish. Very unique and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. Iíll admit, it looks like just about any other IPA out there. Thatís about where the similarities end. The cedar really comes through in the aroma, along with a slight citrus hoppiness. Itís there, but not anywhere near overwhelming. Rather woody and malty in the mouth and very tasty. Again, the hops are there, but they play nice, nothing like the stereotypical IPAs out there. I enjoyed this one. Very different but very refreshing at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. A bit cloudy; orange bottom, brown top. Frothy white-tan head. A few bubbles. Sweet hops and then immediately cedar. The two noses blend into a spicy pepper. A dry cedar pucker works back through the mouth, Undertones of unripe apricot. Semi-dry finish with cherry sweetness in the corners of my lips. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1854) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Pours a thick, syrupy (looking) dark mango with tons of "floaties". Off-white soap head with little retention and medium lace. Pine-cedar spiced aromas predominate. A lighter, fruitier version of an IPA... definitely not bad at all.... Iím picking up mellow citrus and a medium-thick spiced hop mid-palate and back. Itís definitely got a complex character, and I thoroughly enjoy it, but a little less body than a traditional IPA. Itís a unique brew, and a great find!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Poured a hazy dark gold color with a thin off-white head. Woody aroma thats failry strong but not over the top. also notes of incense, saw dust, spice, caramel and sandal wood. For those of you born in the 60ís or earlier it smells like a "head shop". Something about the aroma is addictive. I have to keep smelling it. I am not sure if it is because I like it a lot or because it is so odd you have to keep sniffing. I think because I like it. Caramel malty flavor with some wood. Kind of a let down after that aroma. Dry bitter finish. A little thin but I would like to try another bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2006
From 12oz Bottle. Pours a hazy, murky golden orange color with a tall, soapy head of yellow bubbles. Some yeasty floaties are suspended lazily in the body. A slightly sour aroma of bretts greeted my nostrils at first, but after warming, the woody white cedar aroma of a finnish sauna bench combined nicely with some floral apple blossoms, creating a delightful bouquet. A hint of sour raspberries added a fruity side to the otherwise dry smell. Medium bodied, carbonated mouthfeel that brings out more cedar notes, along with some pear skins and white pine needle hops. Final smack of granny smith apple skins. Quite interesting overall, but the cedar can be a bit overly dominant. I must point out that its very well done, however, and only makes for a unique and distinguishing feature of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Pours turbid dark straw/coppery colored with a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma and taste are simple. Tons of pulpy grapefruit juice mixed with a boatload of ground black pepper and a pinch of woody caramel malts. Thatís it in a nutshell, and it is unique and delicious. This would make a great shrimp or fish marinade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Poured a murky amber with a small fizzy off-white head. Sort of strange aroma of some bitter pine hops and some light fruitiness. Flavor is refreshing but strange, like the aroma... some bitter pine hops but some apple cider fruitiness and lemony acidiy. Tastes sort of like a Belgian IPA. It gives me the impression that care was put into it, Iím just not sure if Iím sold on the flavors. Different. Would be nice on a really hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
330 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours cloudy chestnut color, with a few floaties, and a small wite head that leaves some lecing. Aroma is dominated by spicy cedar, with faint floral notes, toasty malts and sweetness come out as it warms. Sweet, toasty malts, plum, cedar, pepper, lemon grass, floral hops with a long lasting astringent cedar aftertaste. Medium body, gentle carbonation to caress the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This beer is bottle conditioned and therefore the bottle poured a cloudy, dark amber colored beverage with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and left fair lacing on the glass. The aroma was complex but dominated by hops as it should be. The aroma reminded me greatly of Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine with a moderate to heavy presence of pepper, and fruit along with subtle notes of old leather, herbs and grass. The body was quite full with an oily texture and lively carbonation. There was light astringency and alcohol warmth in the long finish. The flavor started off somewhat fruity sweet with lots of herbs, pepper and grapefruit peel. As it matured, the grapefruit character became more pronounced. This beer may be misrepresented as an IPA ... it truly tastes more like a good barleywine.

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