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


on tap

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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
From bottle. Pours a hazy orange with big, foamy, off whtie head. Nose is cedar, and lots of it, with an underlying fruitcake like spice. Flavor is mildly sweet, orangy syrup and nicely mild bitter finish. Interesting take on an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Not your normal IPA aroma. Bread and cedar wood are present. Cloudy copper color body with off white head and some floaters moving around in the pint glass. Dry mild fruit flavor that was somewhat sour and tangy citrus. Sour yeasty bite but seemed to have enough balance to not be overwhelming. Dry on the palate maybe good to have a water or swill wash after this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. A hazy puke almond color with a nice off-white head. The cedar qualities are evident in the flavor. This beer follows the IPA style in part but not as malty as the English variety. Rating from December 2005 notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
複雑なビール and refined. Well done aromatics of cedar swamps drying in kilns. A 23.3 fl oz btl that sat in my cellar upright and undisturbed for a year before itís opening, I can not help but think that itís undisturbed nature and correct temp and light helped it show itís best. Magnificent structure and balance. Some bandage adhesive flavors that were mellowed with the cedar sake funk. Awesome funk! This was super funky and stanky. Dank and funk permeate. If they donít get it thatís ok- more for the Magyar!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 7, 2006
12oz bottle, props to gputty! Dirty golden brown with a big, foamy off white head. Nose is dry peppery cedar. Biscuity/cookie sweet, peppery finish. IPA? WTF? No way, but damn interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2006
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2006
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.

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