77ships (3594) - Antwerpen, - NOV 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
suurjuust (1001) - ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Marduk (2594) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Linnet (1091) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is not American in hoppning. Lots of residual sweetness, earthy hops, light, light woody notes, amber colour, medium white head, lacing.
Big bite, softened by a noticable sweetness, good flavours, but not as uber hoppy as one is used to.
Medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish.
FatPhil (9182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Pale orange, small tight head. Initially a stodgy grain aroma, but later a white peppery hop aroma. Very weird twist in the taste, flavour ninjutsu, just when you think you nailed it from the aroma it dives out of the way and presents a different face. Very spicy, but more maustepippuri than white pepper. Sweetish malts give it a smooth palate, and there’s pleasant carbonation to keep it crisp. Taste so spicy, can’t believe it’s reinheitsgebot. So peppery. Very hard to score, it’s reall quite off-the-wall. definitdely worth hunting out to experience something quite unique.
DuffLover (90) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant surprise. Since the store was out of the white ale we tried this. A good flavor and palate. Will be enjoying another bottle soon.
AgentAle (605) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is floral hoppiness with notes of clove, straw and lemon grass. Some sweet malts aswell. Taste is roasty malts, caramel, light plum and some moderate bitter tang on finish. Light spiciness can be detected aswell. Appearance is amber/orange with a haziness and lots of fine sediment suspention. The thin white head retains moderately.
melush (527) - SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Tanakaya Liquor Store. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, dulce.
Garrold (1149) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
lesifflebiere (1212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.