RateBeer
overall
91
83
style
Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ibaraki, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


Doghair's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (293) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Poured from a 24 into a Sam Adams glass. Dark yellow with lots of particulate floating around. Huge head that slowly fades to a heavy film. When I first poured it I got a huge whiff of hops but strangely it’s not there on the first taste. Virtually no hop taste. Malty with bitterness a little pepper but the hops is subdued. After it warms a little I get some cedar and rosemary scent. Also a little more cedar in the taste. Unusual beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2905) - 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 (724) - 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 (11337) - 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 (509) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GlassBrass440 (276) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2015
Pours a hazy amber with little head. Caramel malt and wood on the nose. Flavours bring caramel malts, alcohol, bitterness, wood, and herbal hops which lead into a dry, short finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear orangeish pale amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is fruits, wood and tart. Flavor is fruit, citrus, light caramel, cedar. Finish is cedar and pine tree, along with wood. Medium body, soft mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1409) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
A mid amber orange coloured beer with a frothy off white head. A rich malt and wood aroma, caramel and spice, plus toffee apple and hazelnut. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a dry malt and wood combination, caramel hazelnut and spice again, but a little more earthy. A dried raisiny fruit flavour appears next, giving a little more sweetness, but this is soon overtaken but a tart and refreshing appley type taste. The finish is tart and appley with a lingering background of malt and wood.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
Old rating. Remember it being more sweet and woody then having much hop characteristics. Drinkable enough though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft at the Birch. Clear copper color with a white ring. Very light aroma of not much honestly. Flavor is lightly sweet and caramely with a hint of hops. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ikigai (73) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
4/18/15 from 12 oz bottle. Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Slight sweet fruity aroma without hops smell. Tastes a bit like a hefe without the bubblegum banana flavors. Very drinkable but not all that special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 67


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50