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


on tap

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RATINGS: 655   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11977) - 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. Itís really quite pleasant, and there is a decent amount of hop bitter. If it wasnít so expensive, Iíd buy it on a regular basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11960) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11888) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11860) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11550) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11478) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
11.2oz bottle-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is musty, hay, medium malt-slightly sweet. Taste is musty, hay, wood, medium malt-slightly sweet, hops-slight bitterness, medium fruit. Medium body. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11165) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Name: Japinese Classic Ale
Date: 06/18/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog I

opaque orange, sweet fruity aroma, woody malt flavor with lots of oak character, hint of sweetness, low hop flavor and bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Japinese Classic Ale
Date: 07/14/2006
Mode: bottle
Score: i to iii

thick creamy head thatís easily roused into a big hunk of cream leaving thick lace, great complex sweet tart unique woodyness in the aroma that I guess comes from the cedar aging, thick creamy body, rich malt flavor with a lot of wood character, tart tannens, full of flavor and well balanced

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
A hazed orange amber ake with a thin off white head, deposits at bottom of glass. In aroma, sweet vinous malt, lightly maderized, light terpentine and menthol, not bad. In mouth, a nice sweet malt with mint notes, umami notes, grassy hops, quite nice.

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