77ships (6540) - 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
PeatyPete (702) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden yellow colour with white foam head. Aroma of rice wine. Taste has something of mint and a strange kind of oily taste what possibly comes from the cedar Wood.
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Pub Winston, Pori. Hazy amber-ruby color, steady white head. Sweetish grainy aroma. Medium-bodied. Berryish front, banana or toffee, grassy hops. Quite sweet "apa". Not very balanced.
Beerheart65 (1228) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blind tasted. Reddish amber, clear, creamy head, ok lacing. Malty with bit caramel. Mild spices, medium body, standard carbonation, dry and woody finish is bit harsh and bitter. Basic with not much nuances.
Karelbeersindral (9) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really pleasant IPA, not heavy on the hops but still very aromatic. Delicate, tropical flavor with a touch of musk, really nice work.
scirtes (285) - POLAND - JAN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, bb 01.2017. Pours light amber, with large, creamy, white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, hints of resinous notes. Moderately sweet, with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and nice bitter aftertaste.
Blade86 (1079) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber, hazy, medium white foam, some lacing; quite complex aroma: sweet malty aroma, some hoppy spicyness, caramell, pine; medium+ sweetness, medium bitterness, slightly sour; medium body, very oily feel, average- carbonation, long bitter finish;
Overall: complex and well-made beer
Dacrza (737) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: December 31, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: three hours to the New Year and the boys are still going strong... APPEARANCE: a flourishing, bubbly amber orange body that shows opaquely... head is nearly two fingers’ worth of bubbly, creaminess; fingers outstretch from its waves... leaves artistic smears in its sky... AROMA: light, airy hops that evoke peach, mango and grapefruit--almost tropical... malts are woody, slightly musky, and pungent--an earthy, mellow IPA... PALATE: medium-bodied, easy-drinking, and textured--provides a pleasant but nuanced drink.. TASTE: soft honeysuckle and lilac make for a light, floral start; the lemon, mango and damp yeasts make for a varied experience... the malts are balanced, giving off a bit of earthy, wooden notes, old and familiar, with some vegetable notes.. OVERALL: having passed many of these bottles through the decades, this particular one found its way into a break pack sampler...a worthwhile throwback to the day when IPA meant long ship travel, not East Coast/West Coast hop nuances...subtle in its strength and reasonable in its memorable flavor, this is a beer worth seeking out again...
kaser (4905) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dank fruit flavor. Bitter and hoppy. Mostly pleasant - wasn't expecting to like it. Draft at fish and beer in Hong Kong.
prawlie (1379) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby, effervescent, with a generous head. Light caramel aroma. Light butterscotch notes. Nice and pleasant but not the most imaginative.
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bitter and feasty as an IPA, pleasant sweetness. Rather underwhelming aroma, though.