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

bottled
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RATINGS: 636   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.


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (1991) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Exploded when I opened the bottle, don’t think i shook it or anything. Poured a nice medium orange-amber hue with a nice sediment at the bottom. A frothy beige head that had great retention but no lace. Aroma had some nice fruity esters and s delicate cedar note to it. Really lacked hops and a sweet malt base. Flavor was slightly sour, not in a negative way. It seemed lost between a sour ale and an amber ale. Hops were mild in after taste and the carbonation seemed elevated.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (590) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
Restrained but fruity aroma with active head and dark amber colour. Very well balanced body/flavour with nicely sustained bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ordybill (128) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Fruity with a rustic foliage follow through Appearance- A great clear copper color with a small head Taste- Malt with pears (?), has a slight hop feel at the end Palate- Medium bodied with a slick soft carbonation Overall-An excellent brew! The flavor builds with every sip and invites you to have more than one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2597) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2014
(Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale) Bottle 330 ml at home, from a trade with torriman, thanks! Served into a tulip, ABV 7% Dark orange colour on the body, tall off-white head, thick, with very good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma has light hops, caramel malts, light grapefruit, cookie dough. Taste has some cedar notes, very interesting, gives the beer some wine notes. Other than that, biscuit, caramel malts, orange peel, wood. Medium body, good carbonation. It turned out to be very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1506) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
Cervesa amb aroma i gust acaramelat i resinós, en gust hi ha notes a tè. Cerveza con aroma y sabor acaramelado y resinoso, en sabor hay notas a te.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VereTipsu (20) - ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
Head: Almost white, stays as a 1cm layer, nice lacing Aroma: very strong caramel odor with almond oil and dates; alcohol as well Color: hazy amber (orange tone) Taste: sweet caramel malts, then something floral and then some fresh hoppy taste that lingers on Palate: medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily-ness in texture, not too thin at all. Hops and roasted malt stay in mouth for a while

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VictorStr (1434) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Ja, för att vara en ipa så tyckte jag den inte var bra. Mer som en besk mer än vanligt humlad lager.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (684) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy copper/amber. Some fruit, a lot of cedar woody notes, malt forward with light hops, a touch of caramel and bread, tea elements. Pretty good, better than I assumed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hohops (357) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle. Appearance is cloudy amber with a one-finger white bubbly head. Aroma- malty, caramel, vague hoppiness, fruity. Taste- malty and a bit creamy, toffee/caramel, hoppy, orange and hints of raisin, medium to full in the mouth, hardly any bitterness. Nice, doesn’t seem at all like 7.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy brown-amber with a yellow-white head. Caramel and cedar aroma. Taste is sweet, fruity, woody...very lightly bitter wood.earthy hops. Slightly spicy caramel malt...creamy. Rather different. I’d have said it was an English Pale if I hadn’t looked up the description. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (248) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Don’t drink this expecting an American style IPA. It’s closer to an English version, but even then it’s not that close. Copper brown with a decent white head. Slightly oily body. The cedar comes through in the aroma, alongside malt and a presence of herbs. Dry taste, with wood, a hint of caramel, malt and a hint of spice. Not much like anything else. Which is good.


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