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80
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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: 710   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4137) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4826) - 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.

4
   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

0.8
   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.

4.2
   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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6195) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2569) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Explodes out of bottle all over the counter, five+ finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cedar nose. Flavor is sweet cedar and apple with spices - NOT apple pie, clean finish. $3.89 for a 330ml bottle from Tullys Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 murky copper with a medium sized creamy off-white head. floral, hoppy aroma with notes of apples and spices. flavor is hoppy and floral. cedar adds a very nice, unique, woody, sugary flavor to this. im a fan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4994) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Copper-orange with a slight haze and a small, but lasting head. Aroma is peppery evergreen resin. Flavor is similar: quite a unique taste with a spicy-peppery tongue and nasal tingle, to balance some malty sweetness and a hint of alcohol. There is a lot of very different flavor here which must be from the cedar; if they hadnt told me it was casked in cedar, I wouldnt have been able to identify it. However, there is a dry, resiny-wood taste akin to the cedar smell (best I can come up with). It is kind of peppery-sour-woody, and gets better the more I get accustomed to it. To me the cedar is more evident in the taste; I didnt identify cedar in the quite different aroma. I would have pegged this beer for a Belgian, with all the spicy tastes. Palate is somehow smooth and tingly at the same time, medium-bodied and somewhat dry.


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