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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MiP (15160) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle, 7%. Bready aroma, some milk and malt. Cloudy amber colour. Milky flavour, roasted malt, slight malt bitterness. Weird herbal flavour, not so good. Slightly slimy mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Oakes (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2005
Cloudy aroma with insistent head. Pungent Orvalish aroma, winey & spicy with pale malts and fruity hops. Long palate full of wood, pale malt and loads of bittering hops...again very Orvalish. The cedar comes on strong late, adding its own accents to this complex, intense brew. Stunning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14978) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle at Southwark Rose Hotel. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Raisins. Vineous. Light tobacco. Fruity. Dried fruity. Light alcoholic. Ryebread. Grassy. Light bitterness. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (14648) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13932) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13744) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13167) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13075) - 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)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (13057) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark orange with a white head. Interesting aroma of cedar, wood, rice, and wheat. Flavour is similar with the cedar, spices, wood and rice being most pronounced. Not sure how this qualifies as an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12943) - 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.


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