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


on tap

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RATINGS: 676   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.

77ships' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6195) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (266) - - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Pours unclear gold amber with a small white head that lingers nicely. Nose is hops and cedar with some caramel malt as well. Full bodied with a decent carbonation. Taste is quite similar with the nose with addition of peach and apple, quite bitter. Aftertaste is woody and dry with a bitter ending. The cedar flavor is a pleasent addition to this unique ipa! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (946) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Live Rating of an 11.2 oz bottle at home, cooled in the fridge for an hour, poured into a tulip. Aroma of cold tea and training shoe. Hazy brown with a creamy off-white head. Head leaves good lacing. Quite malty for an IPA: predominant flavours are caramel, nuts and cereal. Slick mouthfeel, mild carbonation, bitter finish. Nice beer, but aroma hinted at something a bit more complex than the beer delivered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1477) - SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2015
Sample at a local tasting event. Golden body with a minor white head. Caramel, floral notes, spices, wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2015. Clear golden beer with a small but lasting offwhite I head. Malty caramel aroma, grapes, citrus, floral, hay, some pin. Hoppy citrus flavor, grapes, bready, hay, floral, some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (597) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2015
Hazy dark amber color, small white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, oak, floral and spicy hops. Dry bitter taste with light sweetness, hoppy bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body and average carbonation. Nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (943) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle at Hell Hunt in Tallinn. BB 2015.10. Translucent amber. Not too much of anything on the nose, kind of citrusy sweet after searching for a while. Juicy, malty, sweet with a slightly herbal bitter finish. Caramelly. Carbonation a bit too obstrusive, and palate slightly thin. It’s rather nice, and the alcohol is fairly hidden, feels more like a 6-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1546) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2015
Bonito color miel. Un dedo de espuma. No dura mucho. Aroma acaramelado, miel y algo lácteo con notas de madera. Textura oleosa, fácil trago y bien de gas. Equilibrada, Sabrosa. Rica base acaramelada, compensada con notas ahumadas, madera y un tono licórico indudable aunque el alcohol no es evidente en el paladar. Amargor final, nada exagerado. Próxima a IPAs tradicionales británicas. Muy buena.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cedar, citrus, light lemon peel and toffee. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of caramel, toffee and light citrus. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer, if not too reminiscent of a modern IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Hazy bronze, nice head. Malty raisin, wood, and yeast on the nose. Mildly bitter and sweet, a touch caramely, some sourish yeast, a bit dusty . . . and cedar. Very good. The cedar takes a decent darker ipa and makes it unique and totally worthwhile.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (513) - SPAIN - JUL 27, 2015
From Hipercor, Club del Gourmet. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Excellent in nose. Taste good although not as special as the smell. Easy drinking.

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