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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 633   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.


apshah99's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Hazy amber pour with thin off-white head. Bready and floral aroma. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malt; ends with pleasant hop finish.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1474) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
Cervesa amb aroma i gust acaramelat i resinůs, en gust hi ha notes a tŤ. 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 (18) - 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 (1392) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
Ja, fŲr att vara en ipa sŚ tyckte jag den inte var bra. Mer som en besk mer šn vanligt humlad lager.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (642) - 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 (338) - 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, doesnít seem at all like 7.5%.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3969) - Coxís 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. Iíd have said it was an English Pale if I hadnít looked up the description. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (220) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Donít drink this expecting an American style IPA. Itís closer to an English version, but even then itís 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"A very prefumey IPA, likely from both the hops and the cedar. Interesting blend of flavors...at times a mess and at times very tasty. Not one Iíd want all the time, but this has a place."

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (2095) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma caramel, malty, diacetyl Clear amber colour. Taste is caramely, with moderate to light high bitterness. Ambiguous hops flavour, herbal, earthy. Long bitter finish. Good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
camoes (186) - PORTUGAL - SEP 15, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14A adapted). Bottle 33 cl - Batch J.14.02. AROMA: no hop notes with sweet malt aromas reminiscent of caramel. very low fruitness. APPEARANCE: amber color and hazy. moussy tanned head with good retention. TASTE: medium bitterness that lingers into a dry finish with no hop flavours. unbalanced high malt flavours. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: although the comercial description says it is a IPA, this beer is unbalanced towards a sweet malt profile but its not that bad.


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