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


on tap

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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.

77ships' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 33 cl. bottle @ home, one of the many bottles I brought back from the ever spectacular Alvinne shop \ Very curious about this one, I have been lately looking for more Hitachino beers \ In slight contradiction with the ratebeer description the bottle states that this beer is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period and matured in ceder barrels like the old IPA’s which used to be transported across the seas \ Pours a clear amber/orange/slight hint of raspberry with a creamy white head \ Smell is sweet slight sake yeast, spices, fruity with a hint of raspberry, hint of caramel and dark fruits with lots of ceder wood \ Taste is with slightly bitter hops, very fruity hops (or at least I think that these are hops) but not in the conventional sense, I am actually getting berries and slight fermenting raspberries, touch of lemon, fermenting malts, fermenting caramel malts (does that exist?) & yeast, toffee, bitter cedar wood in the aftertaste, plenty of spices, I am actually getting some distilled sake in the second half & aftertaste, hint of fruity & flowery sake yeast & distilled sake drenched ceder wood, not sure whether that is possible because I don’t think that is in here, this must be the ceder wood \ Light & slightly \ Amazing like a hybrid between distilled sake & an IPA \ Not sure whether the flavours I am getting can actually be in here but I had a blast drinking this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (496) - SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Tanakaya Liquor Store. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, dulce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1069) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Hazy, dark orange. Plenty of thick, sticky, off white head. Nice, fusty maltiness. Light spice to match. Overripe orange. Taste is fusty sweet. Some spicy dryness. Palate is chewy, with enough carbonation to even things out. Finish is toffee sweet, before a lingering, spicy bitterness. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at a tasting at work. Clear dark amber with white head. Sweet and a little cardboardish aroma. Alcoholic and a little cardboardish taste, medium body and a little spicy finish. Bbd 3/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lesifflebiere (1186) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
Brune orangée, assez foncée, avec une mousse rare ; en nez, malts puissants, un peu de boisé et de caramel, peut-être même un peu de pommes. Au goût, elle est toujours très maltée, fruitée et légèrement boisée. Une IPA, ça ? Agréable au goût, ronde et intéressante, mais les houblons, quoique présents, ne sont pas au niveau de ce style. J’ai pourtant la bonne bouteille, je confirme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7923) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Hazy Amber gold with an off white foam. Aromas are toasted malts with toffee and mellow oranges. Spicy and woody with light pine. Flavours are sweet toffee and caramel with woody notes and green, bitter pine. Grapefruit with a dry, peppery, pithy finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
_BaR_ (15) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 10, 2014
Bell’aspetto, colore ramato torbido. In bocca si presenta bilanciata con un corpo pieno che non fa emergere molto le note luppolate. Una birra molto inglese.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwi_daz (44) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2014
Pours very cloudy with a small head, cask flavours come through - odd beer, would not buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Nice foggy golden body but almost no head. Soft aroma of barnyard funk, cider, smells you don’t usually get from an IPA. Flavour is a lot of nut and malt with a strong hops and citrus finish. Good mouthfeel. A unique and refreshing take on an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit sehr viel Schaum. Geruch leicht malzig fruchtig, blumig. Geschmack leicht fruchtig malzig, dezent herb, wenig exotisch fruchtig, dennoch gut trinkbaren Bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1132) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - APR 22, 2014
small frothy white head. fair lacing. fully diminishing. flat thick dark orange body. aroma: moderate malty, caramel and raisin. if: moderate sweet. ff: heavy sweet light acidic bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish.Delicioso sabor de uva-passa e vinho do Porto. Apesar do leve amargor surgido no final, em nada lembra a IPA sugerida como estilo no ratebeer.com e brejas. leve lembrança de levedur no sabor. Leve aquecimento alcoólico. Leve acidez de ameixa fresca no final 160 s

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