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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

11.2oz into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a short, off-white head over a semi-opaque amber body, with tons of floaties just sitting in suspended animation. Decent lacing.

Forresty aroma of pine and cedar. Smells DIPA like - little bit astringent. Touch of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy smooth, with a very well balanced flavor. Plenty of sweet pineapple, and a decent hoppy bite, but not as strong as the aromas would suggest. Rich, and full bodied.

Good drinkability, although a little thick for the style.

BeerImmediately, May 05, 2010
Photo of EskimoDave
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

It's a bright peachy-light orange colour with a woody-earthy, smokey aroma with touches of citrus and spiciness. Again quite a unique aroma. Not out there like the Red Rice. You can really smell that cedar aging. I've only heard of one other brewing practising cedar aging. They're in the states and I forget the brewery's name. When you drink it you can start to detect the hops and the smokiness picks up. The cedar is there throughout the whole thing with a light sweet malt mingled with it. It's beautifully balanced. Smooth. A delight.

EskimoDave, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle, paired with chef's sushi lunch at muramoto - downtown

appearance: served in a glass, roughly the heigh of the bottle - pilsner style...hazy amber body

smell: bready, adequately hopped, cedar, mellow fruit

taste: counteracts the wasabi burning sensation quite well - mild "english ipa", cedar casks are a nice touch. i find all of the hitachino beers pretty interesting, this one no different

mouthfeel: medium-light, best paired with the hotter japanese dishes

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Ive been hanging out to try this brew ever since my favourite bottleshop Cellarbrations Carlisle said they were getting their hands on some,it pours a nice orange,copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves a one finger creamy head and some decent lacing here and there,the aroma is really different and nice aswell at the same time it has hints of pineapple,apple,bubblegum and cedar definately makes itself well known,it has a nice easy mouthfeel which is very sessionable and has tastes of apple,peach,piney hops and of course Cedar,to be quite honest i know this is a Japenese version of an English IPA but its definately up there with the best of the English IPA's in my catergory and i highly recommend.

ADZA, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.18/5  rDev +10%

Very bubbly amber with a golden hue. Super thick, creamy white head that dissolves very slowly.
Very interesting smell to this one. Fairly even balance between the malts and hops. White pepper, and a trace of ginger. Cedar aroma makes itself well-known. Some faint citrus, pineapple, and tangerine.
Taste is fairly spicey up front, with the cedar coming in quickly. Malts and hops are again evenly balanced. Faint ginger, with some citrus. A pretty complex taste.
Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body.
Good drinkablility, alcohol well-hidden.
A unique beer. The cedar aspect of this one really appealed to me.

Parrotbeak, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Source/Serving: 330mL bottle

Smell: Fresh apple, caramel, citrus, ripe fruit, a hint of cedar, and a little flowery.

Taste: A sweet, slightly cidery and juicy opening quickly crashes into very dry, slightly bitter cedar with significant pepper notes. The middle has notes of cedar, pepper, and apple skin with honey and bready grains. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finish is dry, peppery, and woody and is pleasantly bitter.

Notes: Very interesting and unique flavors, at least to me. Well worth trying.

4000qtrap, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

a: thick beautiful cream foam with light dark yeast marks on the top of the head; decent retention; orange body with bits of yeast floating in it; limited movement

s: a sour bretty type scent is the most prominent in this beer; which seriously gives me the worry that maybe it's a little oldschool, idk; some coriander and orange; very sweet

t: malty and mild; some honey taste; light sourness; smooth anf mild with yeasty notes

m: a little grainy because of all of the yeast; but smooth and buttery texture; very minimal carb

d: a good beer but weird especially if the style is IPA; very smooth

hoegaardenhero, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of DrinkingAleToday
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Lucky enough to find a 2002 vintage.

A: Slightly cloudy orangish-yellow color with a fair amount of sediment. Thick course head that quickly dissapates but leaves a nice lacing.

S: Tart cherries, apples, apricots, hints of malt and wood.

T: Slightly tart and warming, getting nice mix of flavors from the malt and wood. Hints of apple and apricot. Hop flavor has all but disappeared but some bitterness is still evident.

M: Medium body with lively carbonation, nice dry finish.

D: Very interesting beer that I would love to try again. Funny this beer tastes more like a Petrus Aged Pale that an IPA.

DrinkingAleToday, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle

A: Very cloudy brownish orange color. Pours with a decent finger of yellow-tinted, big-bubbled head that has decent retention and leaves an light amount of lacing.

S: Predominantly lemon and orange hops, no grapefruit. There is some pinewood in the background.

T: Sharp sweet malt followed by a blast of woodsiness (I'll presume this is the cedar mentioned on the side of the bottle), that fades away gently leaving a moderate tannic bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation. Ends with a dry, chalky mouthfeel.

D: A solid beer that offers a fine alternative to the more commonly available Japanese lagers. While probably not my personal preference in the way of an IPA, I did appreciate the Japanese approach to an IPA.

Florida9, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

From a 720 ml brown bottle. Hazed rustic coppery amber in appearance, creamy, frothy white head with excellent retention, and thick gashes of lacing.

Curious aroma of incense wafting up from the glass upon deep inhalations--I can't put my finger on it but it's similar to the smell of a lot of hippie shops that sell a lot of East Indian paraphanalia that I've been in (or dragged to...). Wood, that's for sure, must be the cedar barrels that it's aged in. Mild hoppiness manages to permeate the cedar, although with effort.

The cedar definitely works in the flavour though. The sweet wood blends with sweet neutral malt, the earthiness blending in seamlessly with the earthiness and spiciness of the hops, the finish is quite musty and dry. Sweet, citrusy aftertaste. The cedar remains present throughout.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied, riding the fence on that. Smooth, carbonation is minimal, yet the body is pretty full all the same.

I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer, except that I like it even though my brain doesn't quite agree with me. All the factors, as odd as some are, come together and work together, although not something I can have on a regular basis, but worth revisiting. This time around quirky is a good thing.

IronDjinn, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a nice amber hue with a two-finger head into my fluted glass that leaves some lacing on the edges.

Aroma is full of floral hops with a hint of malt underneath. Very nice aroma here that seems fit for the style.

Taste is full of grassy hops with a hint of sweet, biscuity malt underneath that gives a bit of balance to this beer.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering biscuit malt and grassy hop flavors. Carbonation feels right. Beer goes down really well with no harsh aftertaste.

Very nice example of the style that gets a Japanese take. This is actually more drinkable than a few other examples I've had. Well done.

Brad007, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Nesued
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle

Appearance - Hazy orange/amber with a big off-white had that formed upon pour. Resolved to little to no head. Hard to pick up the level of carbonation, but it did take a while for the head to fade.

Smell - Open the Hitachino cedar chest! Nice cedar nose which deadens much of any other aromas. A bit of the malt sweetness is noticable, but it is lost in the cedar overarching nose.

Taste - The cedar aging comes through exceedingly so in this Hitachino offering, to the point of overpowering much of the malt and even hop presence. There is a nice hop finish, but it's subtle. I found the cedar overdone.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel, when compared to other offerings in the style, this appears to be about average. Nothing really special. I bit thin on the finish.

Drinkability - This is my third Hitachino offering. All have been very unique beers and well-worth trying.

Nesued, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
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.

brownbeer, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of templar316
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

I wasn't expecting to like this beer nearly as much as I did. I'd heard good things about this brewery, and thought this would be the one to try as the signature ale.

Pours an interested cloudy amber, with a thick eggshell head that lingers, mild laceing. The aroma is a delicate blend of caramel malt and flowery hops entertwined, the cedar is present around the edges. The flavor starts with malt sweetness, bursting into flowery hops, with a touch of dry honey before a crisp cedery finish. The hops are not overstated like many in this style and the cedar adds an exra which complements the hops and finishes this beer very, very well. It's a little oily but the brightness of the cedar and the dryness honey finish overcome it well. I'm nearing the end of my 24.3 (extra points for haveing a really cool looking bottle painted owl dude) and wishing I had more.

templar316, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of gofreaksgo
2.23/5  rDev -41.3%

Poured into a standard shaker glass

A: Bright amber with a big head that does not go away. Excessive bubbling.

S: Mellow sweetness. Very subdued. Kind of like grandma's closet. That must be the cedar coming out.

T: Sweet nothing up front, followed by light hop bitterness, finished off with an astringent bitter smack. Definite cedar bite.

M: Light. Very light. But ends with a pucker that won't leave the back of the cheeks.

D: One of these is enough for me. Coats the mouth. Won't go away. Water will not get rid of this.

I'm not a big fan of this beer but I don't know if that's because it's a unique style and my first taste of it or because it's not very good. IPA aged in cedar. It' probably just not my style.

gofreaksgo, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark oraned with a peach colored head that disappears quickly, has little lacing.

It smells very good of citrus with light hops, but the aroma is light, doesn't present hard you really have to get down there and smell it.

This beer starts out light sweet with flavors of hops and ends with nice bitter touch like a typical IPA. This one is easy to drink, a likeable bitter end. Overall a very decent effort.

jrallen34, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with a good deal of sediment in the glass. It had a small, off-white head head that left soapy residue.

S - It smelled of cedar, vanilla, floral notes and fruit.

T - This had a really strong vanilla taste and had a powerful sweet caramel flavor, too. There was hints of woody flavors and fruits.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a nice brew. It's almost too sweet to have more than one in a sitting.

zeff80, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of carsonplunkett
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Bought from Frugal Mcdoogal in Nashville, TN for $5. Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: This is a good looking beer. Very nice head that disappears slowly. Nice lacing. This beer is very cloudy.

S: Very fruity and sweet. Almost woody. Lots of yeast.

T: Very citrus-ey and hoppy. Tastes very clean and woody.

M: Creamy and smooth. Seems very thin for an india pale ale.

D: Not exactly "sessionable" due to the fact that this is such a unique and different beer. Still fairly drinkable. I'll definitely grab one of these again.

carsonplunkett, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Watch out for gushers with this one. I cracked a cold bottle just like I always do, but foam erupted right away and caused a bit of a mess. I only lost a couple ounces though and it calmed down right away. Once in the glass, it was a hazy orange with a fluffy eggshell coloured cap. Good head retention with a bit of chunky lace. Interesting aroma, a combination of spicy wood and floral character. There's a mild nutmeg component and hint of citrus. The wood aging was a little overdone in the flavour - too much cedar and wood resin along with a dry astringency - but the hops weren't completely overwhelmed. Bitterness was light, as was malt sweetness. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon appeared mid-palate. Slight warmth in the finish. The carbonation died down quite quickly, starting very high but becoming a bit low after 10 minutes or so. Overall it's an interesting beer, but the wood was too much for me. If it was brought into balance it would be really good rather than a bit better than average.

DrJay, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of eewhiz
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

I must admit, I was pretty skeptical of finding a decent beer here. I found this beer in a gourmet food store in singles, it looked interesting, so I gave it a try (I was out-of-state).

The beer poured a cloudy burnt orange color, and I poured down the center of the glass, and got way too much head. The head was also a tannish orange color. As I poured the rest I was a bit more careful, still quite a heady beer.

The aroma was nice, certainly hints of some cedar (label stated aged in Cedar casks). The taste was unique, it had a IPA hoppy flavor, and the strong cedar accents actually went well with the hops. The finish was clean and too a point slightly sweet. The lacing was big, persistent and heavy around the glass.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and was pleasantly surprised.
I have never heard of Kiuchi Brewing, now I am on a quest to find more.

eewhiz, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

The beer pours a slightly dark amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light citrus and tea aroma. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there's something of a delicateness to this beer's flavor profile that is unusual. The beer is fairly light and crisp, with the light bitterness nicely balanced with the light malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the alcohol is barely noticeable. Drinkabilityh is pretty good.... I could probably drink a lot of this very beer.

An absolute treat to try on draft.

John_M, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of johndakar
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours a nice red orange with a slightly tan head. Poured up a very nice thick head in a 22 oz. nonic glass. Decent head retention.
Smells like most Hitachino beers, ie a little musty/cardboardy from travel. A bit of the cedar from the casks comes through in the aroma.
Wow! I can totally taste the cedar casks this was aged in. I'm not getting the sake taste that I've found before in the Red Rice. Woody, almost pithy. I'm not sure if this is a desirable flavor, but it is damn interesting!
Finishes clean with a little residual bitterness. Closer to an American style Pale Ale than an IPA as far as perceptible bitterness goes. I guess that's what you get when you brew a hand me down recipe from the 1800s using readily available hops.

I'd almost say you could session this. I'll have to lay into a whole six pack next time I find it and try it out.

johndakar, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

pours a cloudy orange with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, grain, spice, and a touch of citrus.

taste is smooth and creamy, grain, some spice, some citrus, a little woody, and a touch of pine in back.

more of a bitter than a IPA to me.

froghop, May 16, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

A - Cap opens with a real nice "pfft." Wow, this pours into my Stone imperial pint glass with a massive 2-finger head! Damn, ridiculous lacing too. Freakin' ice-cream-cone head just like Houblon Chouffe; you're kidding me, right? Amber-gold pale ale body. If I'm judging a book by its cover, this one is perfect. This is a perfect 5 in looks, and I don't even have to think about it.

S - Wow! I was not expecting the cedar casks in which this was matured to come through like this. Very woody, in a light and pleasant manner, just as you'd expect from cedar. I note a lot of raisin-y sweetness beyond this, almost like a Dogfish Head big beer - I hope it isn't as sweet as it smells. It's almost starting to smell like ripe strawberries.

T - Hmmm, I do get a crazy suggestion of strawberries here, yet it isn't as sweet as I feared. What hops were used in this, I wonder???? Interesting astringent bitterness, a little soapy and pine-sap-ish. Still big on the strawberries - I haven't had strawberry flavor come through like this in a beer before, short of a big-assed barleywine. I've almost forgotten about the cedar - I love the light woodiness it imparts here. This beer is definitely something!

F - This beer has been damn near nailed. Medium body, the somewhat heavier feel makes it seem stronger than it is, yet this is still a very smooth beer that slides down the gullet with no problems.

D - I must get more. I had the Hitachino Nest Red Rice, and the White Ale, and was only mildly impressed...but this, this is excellent. At 7.5%, you are not going to pound this, but it is still very much enjoyable. My compliments to this Japanese brewer. How can this be this underrated?

Patrick999, Apr 16, 2009
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.