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

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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle big thanks to Dan in Richmondo. It pours clear orange - amber with a small white head. The nose is earthy, bitter - sweet, oily, tangerine, candied peel, peach, straw and greengage. The taste is crisp, bitter, straw, floral, toasted grain, cereal, tangerine, spice, orange peel and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Ok. Not sure about this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (19830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond - many thanks to Daniel. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Interesting aroma, with some lightly doughy pale bread, hay, lemon meringue. Medium sweet flavor with more simple, doughy pale malts, faint spicy pine, hay. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with more sugary dough, ripe citrus fruits, white bread, a little wood, faint herbal notes. Novel stuff. Pretty drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopin (34) - - FEB 12, 2016
Low top, body and taste doesnt looks like that strong beer, so its very drinkable with fresh flower aromas at the end with rice aromas. Very tasty, full of flavours, plesant notes of sake barrel aged. Really interesting first time tried sake barrel aged beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (985) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Golden yellow colour with white foam head. Aroma of rice wine. Taste has something of mint and a strange kind of oily taste what possibly comes from the cedar Wood.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (16534) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at Pub Winston, Pori. Hazy amber-ruby color, steady white head. Sweetish grainy aroma. Medium-bodied. Berryish front, banana or toffee, grassy hops. Quite sweet "apa". Not very balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerheart65 (1500) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Blind tasted. Reddish amber, clear, creamy head, ok lacing. Malty with bit caramel. Mild spices, medium body, standard carbonation, dry and woody finish is bit harsh and bitter. Basic with not much nuances.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Karelbeersindral (83) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2016
Really pleasant IPA, not heavy on the hops but still very aromatic. Delicate, tropical flavor with a touch of musk, really nice work.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scirtes (506) - POLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle, bb 01.2017. Pours light amber, with large, creamy, white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, hints of resinous notes. Moderately sweet, with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and nice bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blade86 (1325) - Wrocaw, POLAND - JAN 13, 2016
amber, hazy, medium white foam, some lacing; quite complex aroma: sweet malty aroma, some hoppy spicyness, caramell, pine; medium+ sweetness, medium bitterness, slightly sour; medium body, very oily feel, average- carbonation, long bitter finish; Overall: complex and well-made beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (912) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
DATE TASTED: December 31, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: three hours to the New Year and the boys are still going strong... APPEARANCE: a flourishing, bubbly amber orange body that shows opaquely... head is nearly two fingers worth of bubbly, creaminess; fingers outstretch from its waves... leaves artistic smears in its sky... AROMA: light, airy hops that evoke peach, mango and grapefruit--almost tropical... malts are woody, slightly musky, and pungent--an earthy, mellow IPA... PALATE: medium-bodied, easy-drinking, and textured--provides a pleasant but nuanced drink.. TASTE: soft honeysuckle and lilac make for a light, floral start; the lemon, mango and damp yeasts make for a varied experience... the malts are balanced, giving off a bit of earthy, wooden notes, old and familiar, with some vegetable notes.. OVERALL: having passed many of these bottles through the decades, this particular one found its way into a break pack sampler...a worthwhile throwback to the day when IPA meant long ship travel, not East Coast/West Coast hop nuances...subtle in its strength and reasonable in its memorable flavor, this is a beer worth seeking out again...


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