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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 655   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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3.8
   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (987) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2015
Hazy orange color. Small s white head.. Sweet, fruity, herbal notes in aroma. Kind of malty, fruity taste with spices, herbs and wood. Medium bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swannycellars (17) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
New 330ml bottle from swanbourne cellars. Pours amber/orange with thick white head which recedes with good lacing. Aroma is amazing apples, wood chips and caramel. Flavours are that of a rich english style pale-caramel, stonefruit, drying oak and a firm lingering bitterness. Great mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Love these little owls but this could be the best of the nest so far.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cafgen (152) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
A hazy golden/orange color with a white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and some hops. Taste is mostly sweet with a nice bitter finish. A good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (305) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Ambery red clear color with some foam. Caramel and extremely round malty promises in the taste. The taste is insanely creamy and slightly oily and caramely sweet. However there is a bitterness that compensates the excess sweetness without showing its bitterness. Charming beer that is basically very well balanced but it has some lovely edges as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (564) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2015
Dark orange color with white head. Nice aroma of caramel and soft hops. Bitter finish. Classic English taste with nice residual sweetness. Very full and balanced for this ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pumpkin87 (80) - - MAR 15, 2015
Pours hazy orange amber with fizzy tan head, a half-inch that persists and leaves little lace but some skim. Nose is grass, nuts, hay and citrus. Palate is piney hops, mild caramel malt and grassy, woody notes. A little bit of malt sweetness gives way to moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is resinous with slight fizz. This is a better balanced and more traditional take on an IPA than American hipsters might prefer, but it still aims for that part of the palate. The cedar influence is not pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edsspoon (679) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle - hazy golden with a foamy pale brown head. Good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grass and spice. Taste of caramel, tar and roasted malts, followed by some honey and flowers and an earthy bitterness to finish. Medium body, low carbonation and quite warming.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
pours hazy/cloudy dark golden with a small reviving off-white cap, ealving few lacing. spicy caramel, woodsy cedar, perfumey oranges - some orange blossom, flowery, lightly piney and earthy, herbal tea, peppery yeast. average to light carbonation, light body - oily; balanced woodsy-grassy-spicy-earthy finish. english ipa-like with a cedary finish. original but overall.. o-k.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
plaugher (231) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
12oz bottle into an English pint. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a half-inch foamy head, minimal lacing. Nose of resinous hop, a bit spicy, some orangey citrus; flavour of caramel, some grapefruit towards the end, bitter finish. Curious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (857) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 1, 2015
Lovely brew! Moderate malty background, caramel, vanilla and that woody cedar touch that makes this one interesting and well balanced. Ofc.. Nice hop bill makes interesting play ripe fruits with dried fruits. Moderate sweet with moderate bitterness. Enjoyable and refreshing brew


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