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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

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86
very good

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-06-2004)
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Reviews by SargeC:
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SargeC

Japan

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, rusty gold colored brew with a thin, off white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee and smoke with a hint of tobacco and pine.

Taste: Sweet malty start evolves smoothly into a soft, yet bitter hop flavor. Hints of wood from barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Balanced, yet slightly confused fluctuation between sweet and dry.

Drinkablity: Not overly hopped, but an interesting IPA. A challenging blend of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 04:57:36 | More by SargeC
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California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of grain and yeast
Head large (5.5 cm), off white, frothy, VERY slowly diminishing – can’t wait for it to die, must drink NOW
Lacing good – broken rings and islands of various size bubbles
Body light to medium amber, hazy (yeast sediment)
Flavor OK, grainy and some yeast phenolics, a little alcohol; no hops, no dicetyl.
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation.

This is an OK ale – not something I’ll ever seek out again, but one I’ll drink if someone offers me a free one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 12:45:48 | More by Ozzylizard
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-27-2014 19:15:26 | More by tykechandler
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South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A severely muted aroma of malt, hops, and a little fruit. Not bad, but too underplayed.

T: Tasted of light hops, a good dose of malt, a bready quality, and light citrus notes. There's not a whole lot going on here with the flavor. It's not bad, but it leans toward the mild side.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The problem here may lie with the English IPA style itself, which is a bit on the thin and uninteresting. Kiuchi tries with this, but it doesn't succeed all around.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Oregon

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Texas

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle of indeterminate age, depending on how long the case was sitting at the distributor - this bottle was stored chilled right out of the case, having put it in the fridge myself )

A: I remember this from the keg being a lot clearer - the bottle content here is fairly hazy, bordering on cloudy - likely from hop residue, yeast sediment(?), or improper handling, who knows?... the liquid's color is a caramel-ish amber... big stand of sudsy foam on the pour - does hold a full cap most of the way down, some trails of lace... looks like nothing other than a British ale, though, I must say

S: earthy, leafy hops - mostly Fuggle in nature, but a good bit of the Goldings floral character mixed in... hops dominate while any clear malt aromas are very much hidden... moderate-intense showing of floral(?) esters - only vaguely fruity, if at all... likely a bit of oxidation has set in, giving on light overtone of burlap or brown paper bag (the cedar?)... the hop aromas are nice, if a bit frayed

T: very much in line with my ideas of and experience with English-style IPAs... compare this with Meantime's IPA - that being more orange-fruity hops, this being more floral and earthy... I was going to also say 'woody', but that may very well be the aging in cedar this ale had - cedar has a distinct, 'forest'-y flavor and this quality can be detected on the sides of the palate - no vanilla here!, just dark bark, wood grain, mossy soil - but it's mellow... the hops are front and center, potent, but soft, rounded with an understated bitterness - lots of leafy matter... the malt, and alcohol as well, merely underlies - perhaps a touch of biscuity flavor far in the background

M: fairly medium-bodied and grainy-creamy with hop polyphenols... has a feel similar to that of a bottle-conditioned Bavarian hefeweizen... not crisp and clean like say a Fullers... let's just say it's a real ale texture, a week in

O: the bottle version didn't quite match the more distinct, dynamic flavors of the tap version I had years back - that being the first time I had tried the beer - it was a Hitachino event for charity, right after the tsunami - 7 or 8 of their beers on tap at Kraftwork... I could see flashes of that beer's greatness in this.... definitely one to seek out - it's different

Serving type: bottle

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Texas

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spoony

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle (code says J 13 07) into a tulip.

A-The beer is light amber in color, clear and still-looking in the glass. My normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of dense, off-white head. The retention is poor as the head fades in less than a minute. It leaves some spotty lacing.

S-The aroma is heavy on the malts for a beer billed as an IPA (even an English IPA). I get lots of caramel sweetness, in fact. There are some citrus and floral notes, but they are hidden behind an odd woody scent that I can only assume comes from the cedar casks advertised on the bottle.

T-The taste is a bit more dry than smell, but this beer is still malty and sweet for the style. A flavor mixture of caramel, citrus, cedar wood, and a bit of medicinal alcohol makes for an interesting brew.

M-The feel is slightly fuller in body than an average IPA with a moderate amount of carbonation that settles pretty quickly on the palate.

O-This is a unique beer in both good and bad ways. I suspect that my bottle was old because it lacked any semblance of a hoppy punch and even the cedar had faded a bit into the background. That being said, I think I could get into this beer if I could find a fresh example because the citrus/cedar aspect is really intriguing. It seems like a good summertime combination.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 13:32:27 | More by spoony
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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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