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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 676   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle, 7.5%. Hazy amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, wood, fruit, hop and spicy. Flavour is malt, wood, hop, little sweet, medium bitter, little citrus, little rice and notes of sake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13329) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, herbs, peppar. Flavour is hop, herbs, spices, peppar, caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Lightly sweet aromas of mixed fruit. Slightly hazy light amber color, with a decent white head. Starts a bit tart, moves to light fruitiness. The body is not strong. The wood casks seem to contribute a light earthy, woody aspect. It’s really quite pleasant, and there is a decent amount of hop bitter. If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d buy it on a regular basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2004
(330ml bottle) An absolute gusher when it opened -- off-white foam poured out of the bottle for a good 2 minutes after I opened it. Fortunately no spillage. Eventually what revealed itself was a particulate-filled, dense cider-colored body. Aroma is medium sweet, cedar, apple,spicy, light mango, smoke. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, peach, cantaloupe, cedar. Finishes with a nice earthy/herbal hoppiness, and cedar joins them in the burp. Medium body, lively carbonation. Although a bit sweeter than I prefer, this is a nice take on the style, very enjoyable beer. So far my favorite from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured a hazy copper color with an average off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy hoppy citrus and pine aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium hoppy bitter flavor with a full hoppy citrus bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with an average fizzy off-white head. Aroma of florals, herbs, pineapple, and sugar cane. Flavor of floral hops and herbs. The aroma and flavor is reminiscent of shaman gardens in the Amazonian region of South American.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (12267) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit sehr viel Schaum. Geruch leicht malzig fruchtig, blumig. Geschmack leicht fruchtig malzig, dezent herb, wenig exotisch fruchtig, dennoch gut trinkbaren Bier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. MOderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 25, 2011
Amber with a small white head. Hoppy aroma of peach and grapefruit, with rather obvious perfumed cedar, and some pine and spice. Sweet and fruity flavour with a slightly bitter finish and again quite a bit of cedar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Pale orange, small tight head. Initially a stodgy grain aroma, but later a white peppery hop aroma. Very weird twist in the taste, flavour ninjutsu, just when you think you nailed it from the aroma it dives out of the way and presents a different face. Very spicy, but more maustepippuri than white pepper. Sweetish malts give it a smooth palate, and there’s pleasant carbonation to keep it crisp. Taste so spicy, can’t believe it’s reinheitsgebot. So peppery. Very hard to score, it’s reall quite off-the-wall. definitdely worth hunting out to experience something quite unique.
Rerate: Tap (Pudel, Tallinn, Hitachino Tap Takeover)
Very pleasant malty aroma, a little hoppy and husky. Fullish malty body, pleasant dry hops. Tasty bitter, nice full peppery finish. (3.3)

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