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

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RATINGS: 718   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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3.7
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
’02 bottle. This beer is the oak aged version, which disappoints me a but, since I have never had a cedar aged beer, but it is pretty cool to see a 6 year old bottle on the shelves. This one was a bit of a gusher. Amber colored with a one fingered head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast/vanilla, spicy and earthy hops, and a bit of wood. Taste is caramelly and woodsy, with a fair amount of both tannins and hops bitterness. The hops and the wood do seem to be complementary. This is a pretty interesting beer, one that I don’t think I would want to drink all the time, but for a 6 year old IPA, it is impressive.

3.2
rds (230) - USA - JUN 7, 2008
What a lovely aubrun brew, with a short head, but good carbonation and a full bodied flavor. A real pleasant surprise.

3.6
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2008
12 oz bottle: Ruby amber pour with a frothy head that wants to settle immediately. I get alot of barrel aging in the aroma. A nice barleywine-esque peppering of hops tries to combat the oakiness. Sweet caramel lies beneath. More rindy hops balance the sweet body. Again, wood takes over and adds a great complexity here. Interesting.

3.7
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2008
I love the flavor that sake casks add to the IPA. Tastes like a British interpretation of the style via Japan, has some subtle earthy mineral flavors, and a spicy hop quality. Very drinkable, but the cedar is very assertive, but not overpowering.

1.8
jbuzz (829) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. This was pretty nasty. I found nothing enjoyable about this beer. I can’t even put it into words.

3.6
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Cloudy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fruit, hoppy and of sweet malts. Taste is more of the same, not overly bitter for an IPA. Decent but not spectacular.

3.7
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Interesting interpretation of the style for sure. Aroma of grassy hops, white pepper, tree bark. Slightly musty and basementy as well. Pours a bright, dark, cloudy orange with a thin rocky white head. The cedar takes a front seat approach on the tongue for sure. Lots of wood notes. Grassy and grapefruit hops. A touch of tartness. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish.

3.5
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 9, 2008
Layered orange and yellow with a fleeting head. Mostly a dry biscuity malt aroma with mild spicy hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Taste mirrors aroma with bready pale malts and spicy hops. Nice. 12097

3.8
pdelreal (1) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2008 does not count
Pours with and retains a moderate amount of head, a body amber in color, with tiny bits of sediment, appears unfiltered. Aroma somewhat citrusy and hoppy. Slight fruit taste, mildly bitter, average carbonation, and finishes with a very slight sour bite. Definitely worth a go.

3.4
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with some significant white crown that laces. Musty basement smell. Taste of woodened and decent English IPA, I do not know the vintage. Dry and drying, with hops and cedar. Sour finish. The bottle said 5% next to Japanese symbol. Bits of wood sediment at the end of the glass.


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