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: 701   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.

sitzds' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sitzds (318) - - FEB 12, 2014
12oz bottle poured into nonic. Hazy orange liquid with a a pillowy head that settles to a finger of foam. The aroma is packed with cedar wood and white pepper then there’s malt, bread, grass, and doughy yeast. Flavor is perfumed bitterness from the cedar, tea and white pepper, followed by citrus hop and caramel malts. Medium body, slightly thick but sadly without a resinous/sticky IPA character, lively carbonation, and a bitter, nearly astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (2726) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle, medium stable slightly dense bubbly head, cloudy deep orange color,aroma of shrubs and wood with a piney hint, flavor of shrubs tobacco fruit and some biscuity maltiness, medium empathic shrubby bitterness. Not too complex but quite satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LazyPyro (363) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2016
330ml bottle. Hazy amber-orange colour with large white head, good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, herbs and malt, something else I’m not sure about possibly wood from the Cedar cask. Taste is hoppy citrus and earthy malty, caramel notes, bready, pine. Bitter hop finish. Little bit different from a typical IPA, nice, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (1204) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - APR 8, 2016
Bottle 330ml. Hazy orange with big bubbly beige head. The aroma has notes of citrus, some tropical fruits and caramel. Sweet flavor followed by hoppy bitterness, quite fruity (peach, orange), notes of caramel and toffee, a bit grassy, alcoholic with bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1448) - ISRAEL - APR 6, 2016
Bottle. Amber with a huge frothy head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly malty with earthy and herbal hops in the background, notes of pine, onion and soap. Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, toasted bread and biscuit, fruity, leafy and earthy hops, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Decent English IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1503) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2016
Hazy reddish bronze. Aroma is some malt, plum, and spice. Taste is really rather dry with some smoke and bay leaves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1699) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle@riga airport with Erik. Haze three finger. Earthy Fruity lavendel sarge notes. Bay leaves earthy umami taste. Dry smooth. Very complex. Fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1679) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle. Sunset orange body, medium head. Aroma has herbal hops and marmalade. Quite hoppy taste with woody bitterness (is that the barrel?), some marmalade and dried orange peel. Sweet jammy finish with some bitter orange peel. Not your typical IPA, that’s for sure. But it’s interesting and memorable - extra points for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (913) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Tokyo Station Edition @7% ABV. Pours reddish-brown with a small creamy head, ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, steady micro streams along the perimeter. Nose: light toasted sweet toffee barley malts. (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: crisp-thicker viscosity, Mid-palate: fine creamy CO2 mouthfeel, almost berrylike, (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy-zingy, woody toffee barley malt, hints of sake sweetness Finish: dryness, lingering medium sharp bitter hops. Summary: A truly enticing full mouthfeel with a solid tasting barley malt body and lasting hops to finish it off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8026) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Bright golden / orange coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, black pepper, little veg, woody. Flavour is composed of nutty, veg, earthy, hop, little black woody, hint of vanilla, Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5459) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle shared at home in Richmond. As ’Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale’, 7.5%, aged in cedar barrels. Dark orange, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is musty, woody, a little floral, dust. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is woody, dry, softly floral and smokey with a light bitterness.

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