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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (287) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GlassBrass440 (251) - 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 (1387) - 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 (1442) - 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 (3334) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (1123) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2015
Hazy orange color. Small s white head.. Sweet, fruity, herbal notes in aroma. Kind of malty, fruity taste with spices, herbs and wood. Medium bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swannycellars (29) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
New 330ml bottle from swanbourne cellars. Pours amber/orange with thick white head which recedes with good lacing. Aroma is amazing apples, wood chips and caramel. Flavours are that of a rich english style pale-caramel, stonefruit, drying oak and a firm lingering bitterness. Great mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Love these little owls but this could be the best of the nest so far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cafgen (154) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
A hazy golden/orange color with a white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and some hops. Taste is mostly sweet with a nice bitter finish. A good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (452) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Ambery red clear color with some foam. Caramel and extremely round malty promises in the taste. The taste is insanely creamy and slightly oily and caramely sweet. However there is a bitterness that compensates the excess sweetness without showing its bitterness. Charming beer that is basically very well balanced but it has some lovely edges as well.


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