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: 706   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle 330ml.
Unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, rice, carame, old malt, pepper. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, and a moderate to heavy peppery finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20090320]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Dry malty and slight malty aroma. Flavour has a distinct rice-malty base flavour with a light citric bitterness coming through. Dry malty and slight rice like. Ends dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes as well as strong notes of cedarwood. The flavor is very spicy, cinnamon etc. As weel as strong notes of cedarwood, leading to a dry woody and spicy finish. Very Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle. Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcoholc and wood. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and liquorice with notes of alcohol, wood and dried fruits. Warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2011
Bottled. Amber colour, big off-white head. Aroma is fruits, marzipan, quite sweet nutmeglike notes as well as some mild spices. Flavour is wood, mild smoked wet things as well as spices and quite nutty. Mild vanilla. Very different, yet pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr/Ungstrup. Hazy amber golden with floating impurities with a rough, off-white head. Spicy and rather enticing aroma. Medium body, notes of overripe fruit and some interesting and rather exciting spicy accents that must derive from the cedar casks. Dry and bitter finish. Pretty unique. 200309

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23423) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 Bottled. Hazy amber, rich firm head. Strong perfumy cedar aroma. Medium sweet and medium bodied Densely malty with this very evident and unique woody cedar character. Fruity, yet elegant with piney bitter finish. Interesting, unique and mindblowingly tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22977) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head. Hasa fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with some hints of citrus. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish. with some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2009
14th August 2008. Hazy red amber beer. Initially a little malty but then blooms to a rich woody taste that I assume is the cedar casks gift to this beer. Not sweet and vanilla like oak but aromatic and strong. Dry woody finish. Off the beaten track!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle at home 7.5% ...copper ... big white head ... sweet little spicy hop ... peppery ... little floral in nose ... big resins hop ... quite fruity with a bitter linger ... definit pepperyness .. quite nice.

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