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


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RATINGS: 717   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9350) - 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 IPAs 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 dont 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (1068) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (611) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2017
Bottle, 33 cl, Budda Kahn Teppanyaki, Mall of Scandinavia. Plesant ale, not too hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cokemonkey11 (787) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3260) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juks (343) - 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, its not IPA after 2 years anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ForlornHope (502) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lidor1995 (91) - ISRAEL - NOV 18, 2016
Slight aroma, dip brown color, tastes of caramel with a smoked neck and a bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (3101) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
33 cl. bottle @ home. Copper-red color with particles floating in it. Rocky off white head with reasonable retention. Aromas: sweet, sweet fruit. Retronasal its fruity, light bitter, light wood. Flavor is moderate sweet with light bitterness and a touch of wood. Medium bodied. Finishes a bit bitter and woody, herbal. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (592) - Osaka, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle from Yamaya, 7.0%. Nice orange-gold pour, creamy off-white head, good lacing. Sweet citrus aroma, orange pulp, definite cedar oak, like a white wine. Quite enjoyable to breathe in. Has a dry malt flavour, nutty, not strong citrus except for a late tangy pithy bite. Bittering is more in the old preservative manner than offering flavour. Its oily and medium-bodied, cedar growing, a sharp almost burning bitterness over time. Reminiscent of an old stock ale, which I guess it is in concept.

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