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


on tap

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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2007
bottle poured a cloudy amber in color with a thin layer of head on the beer. carbination is fairly active and the smell is light hops, caramel malts, citrus, and some sweet fruits. taste is good body, nice citrus notes, some caramel sweetness, light fruits, and maybe a little tea flavor. definitely not the typical ipa but a really good beer. at 4.00 for a bottle a little steep but really good stuff worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Hazy caramel, off white head. The aroma is quite unique for an IPA. A wall of pepper assaults your nose followed by malt and citrus. Flavor is peppery, hoppy, caramel, spices, wheat. Not a typical IPA flavor, but not bad by any means. If you are looking for something different, this is it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber orange. Citric nose with slight bubble gum tones it seems. Flavor is smooth with a touch of bitterness on the tip of your tongue that does not overpower. Even citric tones there as well. Feel is good with a nice bubble to it. Definitely drinkable. A nice smooth brew with even qualities. My first Hitachino. Glad to have gotten to try it. Not sure if Id ever go back to it because of the price, but it was pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4163) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from cbkschubert (I think); nose of light flowery hops, some wood which must be cedar, but not the strength of a cedar chest, and sweetness from the malts; lightly hazed copper with a medium beige head; flavor of caramel, with somenectariney fruitiness and some light hop bitterness. Id love to have a case of this for a stronger session brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, hazed amber body with a pillowy, sudsy off-white head. Smell: Aroma of honey-like maltiness, yeast, apricots, and a handful of grass thrown in confetti-style. Taste: Gentle caramel malt flavor with more sweet, juicy apricots. Hint of lemon. Subtle notes of wood. Refreshing tea-like bitterness. Mildly bitter, but very clean finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Drinkability: Flavor, refreshment, uniqueness... the Japanese Classic Ale is down on ALL of it. Paired remarkably well with some moo goo gai pan, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Name: Japinese Classic Ale
Date: 06/18/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog I

opaque orange, sweet fruity aroma, woody malt flavor with lots of oak character, hint of sweetness, low hop flavor and bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Japinese Classic Ale
Date: 07/14/2006
Mode: bottle
Score: i to iii

thick creamy head thats easily roused into a big hunk of cream leaving thick lace, great complex sweet tart unique woodyness in the aroma that I guess comes from the cedar aging, thick creamy body, rich malt flavor with a lot of wood character, tart tannens, full of flavor and well balanced

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2007
This has to have been a bad bottle based on what other people are saying. The aroma of this was like stinky feet and the flavor was sour and horrid. After I popped the cap it slowly oozed out onto the counter and left a hefty head in the glass after I poured. Everything about this was unenjoyable. Ill have to try this again and rerate if I find it to be different. I hope I do, I was looking forward to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Rerate:
Sept 13, 2008
Not as good as I remember. Yeasty. Iced tea flavor. Tired bitterness. Kind of weird. Wont lower the score just yet, but if I did, it would be something like:
6 4 6 3 13

Aug 27, 2007
Very unique ipa. Hazy murky orange appearance. Bitter body but balanced by a soft exotic sweetness like grapefruit/lychee, rounded out by a delicate cedar character. Refreshing and not syrupy like some other ipas. Complex and delicious (and again absurdly hard to find in columbus) 8 5 8 4 17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6316) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grass, noble hoppiness, dough, and a bit of skunk. Taste of citrus, grass, lemon, some caramel, a bit of skunk, dough, and grapefruit, leading way to a dry, cedary, finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Pours clear orange with a moderate, fluffy head. Moderate mouth feel. Hoppy flavor with a moderate bitter finish. Aroma is warm and cedar. Very decent change of pace.

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