Hikone Tachibana IPA is a 6% American IPA from Hikone Brewing, based in Hikone, in Shiga, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on draught, though the latter varies. Hikone Tachibana IPA is named after a tree that can be found in Hikone city. As for hops, Hikone Brewing haven’t released any other information about this beer.
Hikone Tachibana IPA : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 6%
- Style : American IPA
- Hops : –
- IBU : 15
- Availability : Regular
- On Sale : From August 2019
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 700 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Musty oxidised aroma with light malt sweetness. Slight peachiness to the beer – deliberate or off flavour?
- Notable Tastes : Low bitterness with slight wet cardboard flavour. Peachiness present but not pleasant. Medium bodied.
Hikone Tachibana IPA : Aroma & Taste
Hikone Tachibana IPA poured out a deep hazy muddy orange colour with a thin amount of white head on top that left some streaks down the glass though they too faded quickly. The aroma from Hikone Tachibana IPA was not pleasant to begin with – a musty oxidised aroma emanated from the beer, though it did come with a light malt sweetness to supplement it. There was a touch of peachiness to Hikone Tachibana IPA as well, and I was left wondering, was this deliberate or an off flavour during the making of the beer?
Drinking Hikone Tachibana IPA wasn’t any better really with that same musty oxidised flavour lingering throughout drinking with just a touch of wet cardboard too. Hikone Tachibana IPA really didn’t exemplify anything good about an American IPA – or was it trying to be an English IPA? Anyway, with the same peachiness being pronounced in the body, though it was slightly nicer so I’m guessing it was deliberate as it lacked the plasticky notes oft associated with an off-flavour, it was perhaps the only redeeming flavour in what was really just a failed attempt.
Hikone Tachibana IPA : The Bottom Line
Hikone Tachibana IPA is a big miss and something that I wouldn’t want to try again.
Hikone Tachibana IPA : Where to Buy
Hikone Tachibana IPA can be bought online at the following places: