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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13744) - Randers, - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. MOderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juks (225) - 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 (473) - 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 (2928) - 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 (77) - 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 (2990) - 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 (563) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (3347) - NORWAY - SEP 25, 2016
From bottle at Riga Airport 25.09.16. Cloudy deep orange. Diminishing off-white head. Aroma of apricot. Taste of apricot jam, with some sweetness. Soft bitterness is pleasantly lingering on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2176) - Gdańsk, POLAND - SEP 7, 2016
33cl bottle. Cloudy deep amber colour with medium big head. Aroma is complex with spicy notes of pepper, ginger bread, candied red fruits, cherry marachino, muscat grape, bit yeasty. Interesting. It has a delicate carbonation and quite thick mouth feel. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, with moderate and well balanced bitterness. Overall nutty and mashroomy ting going on in the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchPls (800) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Hazy amber colour, huge beige head. F*ck it, I can smell only the strong perfume on the back of my hand... Ok, I was wrong, my nose DID actually pick up some notes which are present in the flavor. A lot of caramel, bread, sweet dried fruits - both yellow and dark. Quite oily and thick texture. Very, very flavorful. Also has this nice balanced bitterness in the after taste. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (172) - ISRAEL - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle, 330ml. Pours dark golden-amber to copper, clear. Head is very tall, foamy and yellowish to beige. Gentle scent of hops and malt. Mouth fill is foamy and creamy with a very gentle carbonation. Tastes nicely bitter, just right, gently sweet, a little tart. Flavors of fruity hops, herbal hops, some toasted notes, very fruity, quite herbal, fruity acidity, sweet malt, quite complex. Really nice hop profile, with strong flavors. Very nice, well balanced, could use a slightly stronger carbonation.

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