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


on tap

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RATINGS: 709   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malt, sweet and a bit of citrus. Taste is the malt, wood, sweet and a hint if bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
33 cl. bottle @ home. Copper-red color with particles floating in it. Rocky off white head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: sweet, sweet fruit. Retronasal it’s fruity, light bitter, light wood. Flavor is moderate sweet with light bitterness and a touch of wood. Medium bodied. Finishes a bit bitter and woody, herbal. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (479) - Osaka, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle from Yamaya, 7.0%. Nice orange-gold pour, creamy off-white head, good lacing. Sweet citrus aroma, orange pulp, definite cedar oak, like a white wine. Quite enjoyable to breathe in. Has a dry malt flavour, nutty, not strong citrus except for a late tangy pithy bite. Bittering is more in the old preservative manner than offering flavour. It’s oily and medium-bodied, cedar growing, a sharp almost burning bitterness over time. Reminiscent of an old stock ale, which I guess it is in concept.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2932) - NORWAY - SEP 25, 2016
From bottle at Riga Airport 25.09.16. Cloudy deep orange. Diminishing off-white head. Aroma of apricot. Taste of apricot jam, with some sweetness. Soft bitterness is pleasantly lingering on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 7, 2016
33cl bottle. Cloudy deep amber colour with medium big head. Aroma is complex with spicy notes of pepper, ginger bread, candied red fruits, cherry marachino, muscat grape, bit yeasty. Interesting. It has a delicate carbonation and quite thick mouth feel. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, with moderate and well balanced bitterness. Overall nutty and mashroomy ting going on in the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchPls (763) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Hazy amber colour, huge beige head. F*ck it, I can smell only the strong perfume on the back of my hand... Ok, I was wrong, my nose DID actually pick up some notes which are present in the flavor. A lot of caramel, bread, sweet dried fruits - both yellow and dark. Quite oily and thick texture. Very, very flavorful. Also has this nice balanced bitterness in the after taste. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (169) - ISRAEL - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle, 330ml. Pours dark golden-amber to copper, clear. Head is very tall, foamy and yellowish to beige. Gentle scent of hops and malt. Mouth fill is foamy and creamy with a very gentle carbonation. Tastes nicely bitter, just right, gently sweet, a little tart. Flavors of fruity hops, herbal hops, some toasted notes, very fruity, quite herbal, fruity acidity, sweet malt, quite complex. Really nice hop profile, with strong flavors. Very nice, well balanced, could use a slightly stronger carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AssKicker (240) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JUN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Bue à la pression. C’est brun, ça mousse bien et ça perdure. Au nez c’est du caramel, en bouche aussi. C’est pas amer d’un pet, ça coule tout seul dans le gosier. Ça a un p’tit air de bière belge. Bref, c’est sympa tout ça.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, orange, minimal head, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (3076) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle, medium stable slightly dense bubbly head, cloudy deep orange color,aroma of shrubs and wood with a piney hint, flavor of shrubs tobacco fruit and some biscuity maltiness, medium empathic shrubby bitterness. Not too complex but quite satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (599) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2016
330ml bottle. Hazy amber-orange colour with large white head, good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, herbs and malt, something else I’m not sure about possibly wood from the Cedar cask. Taste is hoppy citrus and earthy malty, caramel notes, bready, pine. Bitter hop finish. Little bit different from a typical IPA, nice, interesting.

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