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.

MayumiH's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (929) - Greater London, - AUG 14, 2014
I visited Japan last year to see my family. I wasnt into craft beer then but had many Hitachino beers actually. Now Im turning into a credit beer fanatic, Im re-drinking them all over again. This one is okay. Not hoppy enough to my satisfaction but okay. Its pretty middle of the road.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2100) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 7, 2016
33cl bottle. Cloudy deep amber colour with medium big head. Aroma is complex with spicy notes of pepper, ginger bread, candied red fruits, cherry marachino, muscat grape, bit yeasty. Interesting. It has a delicate carbonation and quite thick mouth feel. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, with moderate and well balanced bitterness. Overall nutty and mashroomy ting going on in the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchPls (758) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Hazy amber colour, huge beige head. F*ck it, I can smell only the strong perfume on the back of my hand... Ok, I was wrong, my nose DID actually pick up some notes which are present in the flavor. A lot of caramel, bread, sweet dried fruits - both yellow and dark. Quite oily and thick texture. Very, very flavorful. Also has this nice balanced bitterness in the after taste. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (168) - ISRAEL - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle, 330ml. Pours dark golden-amber to copper, clear. Head is very tall, foamy and yellowish to beige. Gentle scent of hops and malt. Mouth fill is foamy and creamy with a very gentle carbonation. Tastes nicely bitter, just right, gently sweet, a little tart. Flavors of fruity hops, herbal hops, some toasted notes, very fruity, quite herbal, fruity acidity, sweet malt, quite complex. Really nice hop profile, with strong flavors. Very nice, well balanced, could use a slightly stronger carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AssKicker (224) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JUN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Bue la pression. Cest brun, a mousse bien et a perdure. Au nez cest du caramel, en bouche aussi. Cest pas amer dun pet, a coule tout seul dans le gosier. a a un ptit air de bire belge. Bref, cest sympa tout a.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, orange, minimal head, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (2905) - 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 (566) - 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 Im 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 (1369) - 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 14/20
zvsn (1640) - ISRAEL - APR 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 16, 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 (1825) - 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.

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