Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.04/5 rDev +6.3%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date stamp: J.13.07
Appearance: Cloudy dark amber with the barest level of foam ring at the edge. Some occasional tiny strands of lacing.
Smell: Sweet - malty (caramel notes) and orange citrus.
Taste: Sweetness up front with some hints of Belgian fruitiness. After that sweet start, the beer then moves into some herbal hop flavors and a definite cedar / woody bitter finish. The sweet and the bitter are distinct flavors - one begins and the other one finishes it, but never muddled or fighting with one another.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and nicely thick. Carbonation just right.
Overall / Drinkability: With its unique taste, a sipping beer - and yet very drinkable as well. I could easily have another, or at least would not mind it if it came in a bigger bottle. I wonder how this beer is on tap. I definitely would buy this again. Overall it has aspects of a Belgian Pale Ale, and American IPA, and that distinct cedar aging that is like no other style. Well done!
12-21-2013 23:51:41 | More by damndirtyape
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3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured a a hazed peach with a nice tight well retained white head,aromas are somewhat muted in my mind the cedar notes show thru as well as a herbal English hop note but not really anything that sticks out.Flavors seem somewhat muted as well with the cedar dominating but its not overly strong if that says anything,the hop profile is not in your face by any means herbal,grassy notes mainly with a very dry cracker-like malt base.An uninspiring brew but not overly bad just wouldnt buy again.
05-02-2006 00:16:38 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance This one poured a gorgeous thick but glowing orange in color with a beautiful, off-white head that showed good retention.
Smell The English yeast and light herbal hopping gave way to a powerful cedar aroma that really dominated this ale.
Taste The light yeast came out a bit more at the taste, but the hops were absent. The cedar really does define this flavor profile.
Mouthfeel This is almost medium-bodied with some good, healthy carbonation.
Drinkability This was a decent rendition of cedar-aged English IPA, but I just didnt much care for it.
09-26-2005 01:31:00 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
2002 vintage opened on 10-4-09
A- Nearly gushed. Poured sunset auburn with a generous, creamy head and solid retention.
S- Oaky with typical aromas that go with that; cherry, vanilla. There's and underlying almost vegetal feel to it that i'm not crazy about but it does have depth.
T- Matured fruity flavors, a big hit of vanilla, with a sherry-like oxidation. Improves alot as it warms.
M- A lot of carbonation right off the bat. So I let it sit for a while and it smoothed out.
D- Very unusual. I wouldn't drink this a lot or often. I'll say it does age fairly well and if you're into vintage and run across it, it's worth a try.
10-05-2009 17:59:34 | More by brownbeer
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
This one pours with a....whoa...monster head...it erupts in my glass to form a huge white wall atop a nice deep orange liquid. Quite impressive I must say. Putting your nose anywhere near this brew is like taking a walk into a huge cedar forest...you're forced to do a double take as you inhale the spicy woody aromas. There's a bit of mandarin orange citrus...but the cedar runs the show...so intoxicating and unique.
Cedar is upfront as the brew settles down enough for me to drink. Hints of citrus hops and a slight caramel weave in and out with a nice bitterness on the way down. The cedar imparts an overall peppery spiciness to the brew that is enjoyable. A very unique offering and one of the best beers from Japan I've ever tried.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy....nice bubbly carbonation. This is easy drinking and I could easily have a few...however I think I'd get burnt out on the cedar after that. Overall, a very original brew that I highly recommend to one and all!
01-19-2005 03:12:59 | More by orbitalr0x
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
This was a new arrival in Tennessee liquor stores, in Knoxville, and Johnson City. Blurb on label says this was modeled after IPAs brought to Japan, in the 19th century. Aged in cedar casks.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, bright golden body with a Godzilla head that takes up most of the imperial pint glass. Consisting of both tiny and large bubbles, the head took forever to settle down, finally leaving gargantuan clumps of ivory lace all over the glass.
Aroma: Cedar fragrances hit the nose immediately, followed by peppery spices and herbal hops. Very understated, malt sweetness lurks underneath.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, and similar to a hugely hopped, American IPA with a moderate hop bite on the tongue. Cedar presence is also impossible to ignore.
Taste: This tastes much like a hoppy, American IPA, with a chunk of cedar floating in the glass. As it warms, some caramel sweetness creeps into the profile, but the predominant flavor is cedar and peppery hops. Very well put together, overall, but there is a prolonged, cedar aftertaste as if you've been chewing on cedar shavings.
Impression/Drinkability: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The cedar aging lends a unique character that I've never before experienced. Definitely, this will keep Mothra away! I was not impressed with this brewery's sweet(lacto) stout, but this one is a quality product that is well constructed, in spite of the cedar slapping you in the face.
09-30-2004 10:46:27 | More by merlin48
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
Appearance: copper amber, clear, medium head, medium carbonation
Smell: notes of pear, pineapple, and wood jump out
Taste: pear, pineapple, wood, sweet fruit--maybe lychee, malt
Mouthfeel: very balanced--parts sweet--parts sour--very smooth
Drinkability: I have never tasted another beer quite like this one. To say it is complex in aroma and taste is an understatement. This one grew on me as I tasted it and could have several..I think this is a must beer if not just for its uniqueness.
03-27-2009 19:25:44 | More by tigg924
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
For some reason my bottle says that it is 7.5% alcohol, not 7%. Dark orange color with a nice head. Smells of sake and wines. Taste it's just fantastic. It warms up your palate slowly and then you can taste some of the alcohol. This is sake meets beer! This beer is matured in cedar casks that are used in brewing tradition sake.
10-05-2010 16:23:31 | More by Tabni
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-20-2011 02:47:27 | More by centbeerfest
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Sedimented (yeast locked in suspension) medium bright brown color. Sparking head only rises to 1/4 of an inch but I poured it in a wide goblet. Laces are ample. Apple aromas, medium tart like Granny Smiths, some astringent tones. Good body, a little heavy, lower carbonation. Solid flavor, a little atypical, with fruit and decided pie spices, including a mace-like bittering and raisiny senses. Well-bittered, quite piney, very noticeable in the aftertaste. To me, the malt was adequate and interesting, but the hoppiness slightly harsh. An interesting take on an IPA derivation, while not suberbly drinkable to me, maybe among my favorite of the Hitachino beers thus far.
08-24-2004 14:58:34 | More by ADR
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of muted pale malts with good amounts of leafy hop aromas. Also present are slight amounts of a woody aroma, not easily identifiable as cedar but it makes sense.
Tastes OK. As with the smell muted pale malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are leafy and lightly spicy hop flavors. Near the end of the sip slight amounts of woody flavors make a brief appearance before giving way to the malt and hops to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall I found this to be an interesting beer but the flavors didn't work terribly well together. Everything felt like it could be taken up just a notch, including the wood influence. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.
11-07-2010 18:12:25 | More by glid02
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a warm amber body that is crystal clear wit a thin off-white head that is pretty creamy. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft pale malt smell with a hint of green hops. As it warm there is a light perfume note to the hops with a hint of yeast in the background. The smell is very light overall.
T- This beer has a soft spicy light toasted malt note with a soft bitter hop note in the finish. There is a hint of dry caramel malt that adds some nice depth and a soft dry spice note in the hop finish. The hops and spice only come through really when it warms and even then they are not very strong.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that becomes more full with the fizz in the finish. The fizz makes the finish pretty clean.
D- This beer is a nice soft and subtle pale ale with no real notice of flavor from the cedar.
03-05-2007 19:15:59 | More by rhoadsrage
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
03-23-2014 07:22:01 | More by Auraan
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a massive head atop a cloudy golden orange. Takes forever for the white 4 finger head to melt to sticky lacing.
Aroma is sort of woodsy...cedar is definitely present with a drying scent.
Taste is an unusual sweet amber malt that is slightly toasty but with none of the bite I usually find in toasted malts...this one stays very sweet throughout....again with the woodsy taste...cedar according to the bottle...very noticeable. Only a very slight citrus hop on the tale end of the swallow.
Mouthfeel is good although aftertaste doesn't dry out completely. A little of the sweet cloying lingers on.
I preferred drinking this beer very cold.
Very interesting and pleasant but too expensive for merely an interesting and pleasant brew.
12-15-2006 05:19:23 | More by IntriqKen
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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