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

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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3385) - Bergen, - OCT 9, 2012
0.33l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This one pours a cloudy light copper colored body, tons of particles floating around and it has a small quickly sidesticking just off-white head. A bit low and non IPA-ish on the aroma, I get some fruitiness but itís subtle, itís somewhat sweet and almost floral. Also there are hints of mango and peach. Nice enough. Itís also quite on the sweet side in the taste. A bit to caramel-sweet if you ask me. Peaches and concentrated sweet honey melon. Subtle hoppy but still bitter. A strange interpretation on a IPA if you as me, but also a bit interesting. 25.07.2012


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (175) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Donít drink this expecting an American style IPA. Itís closer to an English version, but even then itís not that close. Copper brown with a decent white head. Slightly oily body. The cedar comes through in the aroma, alongside malt and a presence of herbs. Dry taste, with wood, a hint of caramel, malt and a hint of spice. Not much like anything else. Which is good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"A very prefumey IPA, likely from both the hops and the cedar. Interesting blend of flavors...at times a mess and at times very tasty. Not one Iíd want all the time, but this has a place."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (1822) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma caramel, malty, diacetyl Clear amber colour. Taste is caramely, with moderate to light high bitterness. Ambiguous hops flavour, herbal, earthy. Long bitter finish. Good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
camoes (124) - PORTUGAL - SEP 15, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14A adapted). Bottle 33 cl - Batch J.14.02. AROMA: no hop notes with sweet malt aromas reminiscent of caramel. very low fruitness. APPEARANCE: amber color and hazy. moussy tanned head with good retention. TASTE: medium bitterness that lingers into a dry finish with no hop flavours. unbalanced high malt flavours. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: although the comercial description says it is a IPA, this beer is unbalanced towards a sweet malt profile but its not that bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenkiGonzo (280) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Deep amber colour. Aroma has malts and caramel and is slightly sour. Dry spicy flavour, more malts than hops for what I expected.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (111) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
I visited Japan last year to see my family. I wasnít into craft beer then but had many Hitachino beers actually. Now Iím turning into a credit beer fanatic, Iím re-drinking them all over again. This one is okay. Not hoppy enough to my satisfaction but okay. Its pretty middle of the road.†

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kadakas (31) - ESTONIA - AUG 9, 2014
IPA... no it isnít, I mean no, absolutely zero % IPA. Smells little bit like caramel, malt, honey and alcohol. Even the taste has quite a lot alcohol, quite thick and bitter, but this is not an IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (744) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 5, 2014
0,33L bottle. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruits, pine and some sweetness. Pours amber with off-white head. The head stays. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, grapefruit, and cedar. Finish is bitter with some caramel thrown in. Overall: nice sweet hoppy brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (1068) - ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2014
Shaed y martjoobolut, thanks! Golden orange beer, beige head. Nose is cedar notes with caramel and malt, rice, spice. Flavor is hops, malt, some sweet notes, spice, cedar oil in the finish along with some more spice, pepper. Quirky anda bit weird, but worth a try.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (2749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2014
330ml bottle. Hazy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Sweet, fruity, herbal notes in aroma. Odd aroma. Nettles, spicy, herbal, juniper, woody taste. Medium bitterness. Cannot detect alcohol.


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