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87
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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: 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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (10455) - Antwerpen, - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 33 cl. bottle @ home, one of the many bottles I brought back from the ever spectacular Alvinne shop \ Very curious about this one, I have been lately looking for more Hitachino beers \ In slight contradiction with the ratebeer description the bottle states that this beer is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period and matured in ceder barrels like the old IPA’s which used to be transported across the seas \ Pours a clear amber/orange/slight hint of raspberry with a creamy white head \ Smell is sweet slight sake yeast, spices, fruity with a hint of raspberry, hint of caramel and dark fruits with lots of ceder wood \ Taste is with slightly bitter hops, very fruity hops (or at least I think that these are hops) but not in the conventional sense, I am actually getting berries and slight fermenting raspberries, touch of lemon, fermenting malts, fermenting caramel malts (does that exist?) & yeast, toffee, bitter cedar wood in the aftertaste, plenty of spices, I am actually getting some distilled sake in the second half & aftertaste, hint of fruity & flowery sake yeast & distilled sake drenched ceder wood, not sure whether that is possible because I don’t think that is in here, this must be the ceder wood \ Light & slightly \ Amazing like a hybrid between distilled sake & an IPA \ Not sure whether the flavours I am getting can actually be in here but I had a blast drinking this


3.7
stupre (449) - Nanterre, FRANCE - JUL 1, 2017
Taster @ Mondial de la bière Paris. Notes de caramel et de fruits mûrs. Très maltée avec un final sur l’amertume.

3.5
Strykzone (7486) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Bottle. Darker brown and opaque. A beige head that leaves nice lacing. Fruit and malts in the aroma. Tangerine and some tropical varieties with some dark fruit. First sip brings some harshness as from a barleywine. Caramel is among the malt flavors and this tends to be quite malty. It also tastes a little hot and perhaps this should be a barleywine. Hops are minimal. Or maybe faded.

3.9
colui72 (1071) - HONG KONG - JUN 2, 2017
Clear amber, medium off-white head and sticky lacing. Aroma of resin, caramel, ripe fruits. Taste is on the malty side, with nice sweet malts, caramel, a bit barleywine-ish; then some wood, ripe fruits, alcohol. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bitter, long finish. Excellent.

3.4
BillWyce (1092) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Pours hazy orange-amber with a tight, 1-finger bone-colored head. Mild grapefruit hop aroma mixed with a wood note. Maybe some caramel too. Body is medium with just a touch of oil to it. Light astringency to the finish. Hop flavors show as notes of citrus and resin that mix at the back with a pleasant wood note.

3.4
NallePalle (665) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2017
Bottle, 33 cl, Budda Kahn Teppanyaki, Mall of Scandinavia. Plesant ale, not too hoppy.

3.8
Cokemonkey11 (998) - - APR 17, 2017
Bottle. Pours gorgeous ruby amber and opaque with light orange hue and a medium tan foam subsiding to a thin rim. Scent is medium dense notes of orange zest, light caramel, and wood resin. Taste is lovely old ale with medium notes of caramel and dark fruit. Finish is slightly dry at about 30 IBU. Great.

3.7
andrepintado (3544) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2017
Bottle from estucerveza, Spain. Color is gold to orange to brown. Head is thin persistent and beige. Aroma is pine, resin, hops, caramel. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet. Body is medium, finish is medium long and medium dry. Flavour is caramel, quince, light cheese, hops, bread. Old school but very drinkable.

3.7
Juks (837) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2017
330ml bottle (BB 2015). Pours hazy reddish amber, big yellowish-white sticky head stays. Fruits, sweetness, wood, resin, raisins, bread, sweet barley in aroma. Hops are totally gone. Taste is bittersweet, barleywine-ish, raisins, woody. Totally different after 2 years ageing in bottle. Medium bodied, oily texture, smooth carbo. Very interesting, I like it, it’s not IPA after 2 years anymore.

3.5
ForlornHope (533) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours amber with a thin white head and a nice, polished appearance. Aroma of toffee, dates and almost smoky woodiness. Sweet start with a little bitterness. Flavours of date, fig, almond, toffee and juicy malt with a dry, woody finish.

3.6
john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Sedimented; lots of floaties. Very Orangey Amber in colour and Hazy. Very Fruity; very orange citrus, tangerines, grapefruit, tropical fruits. Spicy; from the Cedar casks and the hops. Hoppy; spicy peppery hops. Malty; some toffee. Sweet bitter very fruity and spicy throughout. Unique beer. Lovely Beer! (2011-12-18)


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