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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.


77ships' rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5499) - 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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1325) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VsXsV (2861) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walrussell (178) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (310) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (473) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUL 11, 2015
Líquido turvo,coloração âmbar acobreada,espuma com boa formação e manutenção;no nariz um aroma delicioso,aparecendo lúpulos florais e cítricos,malte,caramelo,especiarias e notas amadeiradas;no sabor uma interessante mistura dos 2 estilos de IPA(inglês e americano),no início ao estilo inglês com malte,caramelo e mel e finalizando com o bom amargor e uma leve picante tipicamente americano,álcool muito bem inserido quase passa despercebido,bom corpo,final seco,refrescante,boa drinkability. Bela cerveja,uma IPA "diferente",gostei,recomendo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3592) - FINLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle. Amber light haze. Peachy, sweet caramelly, light herby citrussy nose. Feels english, sweet malty. Med full bodied, some earl grayish citrus, sweet caramels, pine herby hops. Bitters. Ok. Something between a strong ale and english... something. Quite nice.

-- bb

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2975) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Shared 24.3 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a coppery orange color, with a modest layer of soft white head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was cherry & berry, with a touch of currant, and subtle yeast. The taste followed with some tartness, and a touch of sweetness, with tannic astringency & alcohol warmth that lingered together into the finish. More of a fruity, British style IPA with some cask influence to the bitterness. I liked it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (917) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 10, 2015
Bottle from Hasegawa. Poured into an English tulip pint. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a modest white head that lingers throughout. Nose is all perfumey hops and wet cedar with some caramel malt as well. Taste is quite similar with a bit of fruit: plum, peach and apple stand out. Finish is woody and dry with a hint of white pepper. The cedar flavor is very obvious is taste and aroma. Very unique IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11516) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2015
bottle from el corte ingles mallorca. clear dark orange, large smooth fine offwhite head. aroma of stale hops, sweet flowery hops and lots of malts. there is a bitter note that just might be from the cedar cellaring. Flavor is very pleasing, a malty brew with sweet flowery notes, quite full and complex, but too sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (538) - SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Orange amber colour, with a head that fades soon, leaving some lace. Smell of wood, strong alcohol (I guess it’s the barrels used to brew sake that you read in the description. Caramels, malt, spices. Medium body, sticky palate and rough in your throat. Taste of caramel, malts alcohol, some hot spice (something like chili). Far better than I expected.


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