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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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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centbeerfest

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another gift for my birthday so had only one to try. Poured it into a small tasting glass 3-4 ounces at a time. Not like most Japanese beers that I have had and you could tell right from the outset.

Amber cloudy gold color with a nice solid head. It is hard to imagine, but I did smell some of the same characteristics as a sake, but that may have been tainted based on my knowledge of the origin. Perhaps it was the cedar casks that both are fermented in that made the connection.

Nice consistency and a good uniform mouth. High alcohol cis front of center and did not taste like the "pale ale" classification on the bottle. Not necessarily bad, just not what I expected. Some sediment in the final pour.

I enjoyed the beer, but on a take home scale, I would leave this on the shelf for another day.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:47:27 | More by centbeerfest
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timmy2b

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-08-2014 02:08:20 | More by timmy2b
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the_encinitan

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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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tykechandler

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
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

06-22-2014 12:08:55 | More by avalon07
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-17-2014 22:57:28 | More by schnarr84
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yaksurf

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-10-2014 17:31:30 | More by yaksurf
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Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-03-2014 15:02:35 | More by GarthT
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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prtwin2a

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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spoony

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-06-2014 01:30:44 | More by yancot
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous fully cloudy amber with a thin white head that leaves some lacing. It looks like gorgeous, natural, earthy unfiltered apple juice. Just looking at it makes me want to drink it. Scents of caramel, earthy, herbal hops, earthy yeast, grape, slight citrus aromas in the background and faint undercurrents of cedar. A very nice, earthy, sweet, fruity aroma profile, different from a lot of IPAs, even English style IPAs, that I've had. Its pleasant and inviting. Taste begins sweet with caramel, moving into some nice herbal hops and a tea-like flavor. Throughout there is a nice musky, earthy, yeasty presence that compliments the herbal and tea flavors of the hops wonderfully. There are also slight undercurrents of cedar in the background throughout the sip and some light citrus peel bitterness on the finish. The aftertaste is mildly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. A good, earthy, sweet, balanced flavor that avoids being both too sweet and too bitter. Very well executed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and with low carbonation. It feels like a good, classic style ale should. Quite nice. Overall this is a very good take on an English IPA. It's balanced and malty, but with a good underlying bitterness and an aroma that is flat out amazing. Very highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 07:22:01 | More by Auraan
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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.