patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2007
bottle - Pours copper with a thin head and an aroma of citrus hops and some caramel malt. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the hops and malt though is more mild, especially on the hops, than I expected from an IPA. It’s medium bodied, has a fairly mild finish, and is certainly easy to drink. It could stand to be more assertive though and given that the bar where I found it charges $7 a bottle, I won’t revisit it anytime soon. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a light copper with a beigh head. Aroma of light hops, citrus, caramel malts and peppery. Flavor is light caramel, cedar, peppery, and fruity unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
09 Sept 07. 330mL bottle, 7% ABV. Matured in cedar casks. Clear, light copper color. Thin tan foamy head. Bready aroma, slight cedar is noticable. Yeasty, spicy and cedar flavors on top of sweet malt. Finish is nice and spicy with some bitterness. Tastes like a lager,but I guess it’s some kinda of IPA... Light bodied, Alcohol (7%??) is very well hidden. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Very carbonated bottle pours out a cloudy medium brown-gold with peach-red highlights and left an immense, dense, fine, light tan head. Lots oy yeast sediment in the bottle. Bright, tart aroma with sour fruits, cherry-like oxidation character, and light spice and wood. The taste gives fruit on the attack that quickly fades into a non-descript grainy body with considerable bitterness without much hops flavor. All of this is encircled by a unique fermentation profile and some aging characteristics. Strangely, the fruit returns in the finish. This reminds me much more of a lambic than in IPA. 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.
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. 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 I’d ever go back to it because of the price, but it was pretty decent.
IrishBoy (4254) - 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. I’d love to have a case of this for a stronger session brew! ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Name: Japinese Classic Ale
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
Score: i to iii
thick creamy head that’s 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