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: 711   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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chrisv10 (17587) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle, 7.5%. Hazy amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, wood, fruit, hop and spicy. Flavour is malt, wood, hop, little sweet, medium bitter, little citrus, little rice and notes of sake.

yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle, at Patricks. It’s a hazy, orange-amber beer with an off-white head of moderate size. The aroma is malty and woody, some pepper and alcohol shines through, and there’s a nice hop profile too. It’s slightly peppery in the flavor, quite low on maltyness, and with a little wood and a good dash of citrusy and piney hops leading to a bitter finish. Some alcohol too. Full body. A lovely and easy drinkable IPA. 100213

FatPhil (16352) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Pale orange, small tight head. Initially a stodgy grain aroma, but later a white peppery hop aroma. Very weird twist in the taste, flavour ninjutsu, just when you think you nailed it from the aroma it dives out of the way and presents a different face. Very spicy, but more maustepippuri than white pepper. Sweetish malts give it a smooth palate, and there’s pleasant carbonation to keep it crisp. Taste so spicy, can’t believe it’s reinheitsgebot. So peppery. Very hard to score, it’s reall quite off-the-wall. definitdely worth hunting out to experience something quite unique.
Rerate: Tap (Pudel, Tallinn, Hitachino Tap Takeover)
Very pleasant malty aroma, a little hoppy and husky. Fullish malty body, pleasant dry hops. Tasty bitter, nice full peppery finish. (3.3)

Dedollewaitor (16174) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle @ Odense Tasting , March, 2011. Pours dark copper with small floaties and a white head. Oak, vanilla, fruit and pepper. Medium bodied. OK

MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle, 7%. Bready aroma, some milk and malt. Cloudy amber colour. Milky flavour, roasted malt, slight malt bitterness. Weird herbal flavour, not so good. Slightly slimy mouthfeel.

bhensonb (15338) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Lightly sweet aromas of mixed fruit. Slightly hazy light amber color, with a decent white head. Starts a bit tart, moves to light fruitiness. The body is not strong. The wood casks seem to contribute a light earthy, woody aspect. It’s really quite pleasant, and there is a decent amount of hop bitter. If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d buy it on a regular basis.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle at Southwark Rose Hotel. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Raisins. Vineous. Light tobacco. Fruity. Dried fruity. Light alcoholic. Ryebread. Grassy. Light bitterness. Ok.

Scopey (14971) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle big thanks to Dan in Richmondo. It pours clear orange - amber with a small white head. The nose is earthy, bitter - sweet, oily, tangerine, candied peel, peach, straw and greengage. The taste is crisp, bitter, straw, floral, toasted grain, cereal, tangerine, spice, orange peel and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Ok. Not sure about this.

gunnfryd (14954) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, herbs, peppar. Flavour is hop, herbs, spices, peppar, caramel. Nice beer.

Ratman197 (14952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aroma of biscuit, earthiness, cedar and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light cedar and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth finish.

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