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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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390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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 cpanossian
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color, poured from bottle into goblet.

Light boozy whiskey bouqet from the cedar casking.

But sweet malty tasting with a nice malty after taste.

Very nice ale - Hitachino Nest is a great craft brewery - find their beers and try them all!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bitter notes with green hops notes. Taste is not as bitter as expected though hops are clearly noticeable with a nice caramel malt backbone and some light cedar notes rounding things out. Body is slightly below average with good carbonation. Different interpretation of the style with cedar rounding things out nicely.

Photo of headlessclown
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into 250ml Heineken glass
Date on bottle: 05/11

A: A clear amber with moderate head.

S: A bit of hops. A definite spice presence. Not too heavy on the nose.

T: Interesting one. Spice over bitterness as the smell suggested. A hint of the cedar casks in there too. Can't discern any malt.

M: I like it. Medium with a dry finish. Alcohol not noticeable.

D: An interesting ale that's definitely worth a try. Not necessarily something I would session, though.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had dinner last night at dbgb on Manhattan's lower east side and it's a great place. Great beers, amazing food. I highly recommend it. Among the beers I had was one the waiter recommended, the IPA. REally good beer and now what I expected from this brewery which is better known for unique tasting beers. This is a pretty classic IPA (maybe even a double ipa) and I will definitely get it again.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coasters in Melbourne.
Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves a little lacing.
Smell is hoppy and floral with a little malt.
Taste is a nice balance, hoppy and malty with some cedar wood in there too.
This one drinks very easy, could be a nice session beer. This is one tasty beer, glad to get the chance to try it on tap.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour, with dense beige head that sinks slowly, leaving really lovely lace behind. The clear body reveals a magical Disney-esque cascade of bubbles streaming up the glass.

Lots of hop on the nose, floral and herbal with hints of rose & curry leaf. Nice spice to it with a bit of turmeric and a nice citric undertone. Hint of caramelised malt as well, very enticing indeed. 4.5

Taste is intriguing, hmmmm, let me see... Flat malt at the front lets the hop come through early. Notes of fresh cut grass and flax gets slightly mediciney late on the mid. The cedar wood is strong on the back. Dominates really, and overwhelms the hops just a bit in their ability to cleanse the palate. The bitterneas lacks the zip of an American IPA but that is purely a personal preference and says nothing about this beer's quality. The only fault I have with this is the dominance of the wood on the back, and it could use more malt on the front just to balance it a bit.

Good body, lots of viscosity with a really nice dry finish.

I like this a lot, but the imbalance does mean I Couldn't drink more than one or two at a time.

Photo of July2Nov
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orangish amber color with a frothy one inch head that holds up nicely throughout the life of the beer.

Smell: Almost non-existent. some honey notes come through and that's about it. Weird.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very pleasant. Not as hoppy as I would have expected. Slight alcohol taste opens up the mouth for a bit...Slight hops/piney flavor hits you...then finishes with the alcohol again. When I mention the alcohol taste, don't get me wrong, it's not so strong to be unbearable, but rather you can taste it for a moment and then it's gone. The aftertaste has a crisp dry feel.

Drinkability: This one could get you in trouble because it says 7% abv on the bottle, but it's so crisp and refreshing that one just won't do it. Besides, the cute owl on the bottle is telling me to go grab another...and this dude abides!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very iconic label, with the same iconic owl on the cap. I'd seen it a couple of times at the local craft beer purveyor, but only recently decided to pick it up.

Pours with a hazy body, a lovely reddish golden colour, with a light but frothy head of shiny pale foam. Lacing is really excellent, although the retention in the head is poor. Still, I love the colour, it's a pretty good looking beer all up.

Aged in cedar casks indeed. Huge cedar wood aromas on the nose, very prominent, which overpower everything, but which provide an unusual and delicious alternative to the regular spicy hops. I feel there is a mix of spicy, slightly piney hops in the mix, but it's hard to disassociate the two. Still, it's a pungent and quite memorable nose. Very enjoyable.

More piney characters on the palate, and the cedar character permeates here again. You can taste the wood, but it's a very different character from the deep, vinous oak notes on oak-aged beers. Quite a long palate, spicy along its length, gaining some light phenols towards the back, and finishing rather dry. Bitterness is pronounced as the palate continues, leaving a very decent IPA-level sharpness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, a great match for the flavours.

What an unusual beer, but a deeply enjoyable one. Crisp and rather refreshing. It's certainly not an IPA in the traditional sense as it's classified here, but I'd be hard pressed to find a better categorisation for it.

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip aug3 2010

A hazy deep amber with a big off white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace

S heavy earthy wood with a little fruity hops and some mild booze

T not far from the smell, the ceder hard to miss but some spicy hops give it some character that would be overwhelmed by the earthiness otherwise

M thick enough to please and there's plenty of carbonation making it feel fuller still, slightly slick and the flavors linger

D for 7.5%alc this is very easy to drink, original and interesting and I would drink this again with ease

this is a solid beer that I was quite intrigued by and would love to drink again. very mellow and easy to drink please try this beer if you get the chance

Photo of pootz
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy amber color with a, rich sticky firm head that lasts and laces. .

Pungent earthy kent hop and cedar aroma over substantial cara malts. Moderately sweet with big marris otter malting....medium bodied

Densely malty and well balanced with kent goldings and a unique woody cedar character. Fruity, mellow and elegantly boosy with pine-resinous bitter finish.

A great rendition of a UK IPA with mind melting innovations that make it so damn tasty, rounded, mellow and drinkable. If this were available all the time It would be my go-to IPA

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't really sure what to expect with this one but it was a pleasant surprise...

Nice reddish golden with a thick creamy long lasting head.. Excellent lacing as well..

Nice mixture of floral spicy hops and booze mingled with a sweet maltiness in the background... I can definitely detect the cedar as well in the aroma which gives this a uniqueness...

Spicy floral hops up front which slowly meld into a sweetness from the malts and a dry finish.. I'm actually pleasantly surprised with this one... Its a damn good representation of an English IPA... Not overly hoppy but still hop forward.... Very authentic tasting...

I liked this offering.. These guys continue to impress the heck out of me. I don't have their beers that often but when I do I'm always impressed with them...

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting - a unique take on a English classic. Very nice cloudy orange-copper with a fairly tight, thin white head. Sweet malty smell - bananna, apricot, yeast, toffee and bread. Low hop profile.

A surprising bitterness comes through in the flavour, with a fruity sourness. The malts are quite a bit weaker in the flavour. This could be a bit more balanced, with stronger malts.

Strong, but appropriate carbonation. A bit too bitter, but not bad.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with some visible carbonation. Nice big frothy white head.

Smell: The aroma is definitely there but very mild. There's a delicate, spicy, and slightly floral hop aroma. There's definitely yeast present as well.

Taste: The flavor is dominated throughout with the presence of yeast. Combined with the spicyness from the hops, it is rather reminiscent of a saison beer blended with an English IPA. There's a bit of hoppy florals or fruits, but they're hard to distinguish. The aftertaste is very barnyard-like, from the yeast, with some bitterness, and perhaps some flavor from the cedar casks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with significant but not overly strong carbonation.

Drinkability: ABV is higher than typical for what the style is supposed to be, but nothing problematic. Drinkability taste-wise is a bit of an issue, especially if you were expecting an English IPA.

Honestly, if someone gave me a glass of this, I might be tempted to guess that it was some sort of farmhouse ale. Perhaps this bottle was spoiled or badly handled. While it didn't taste bad, it was pretty far removed from what I was expecting.

Photo of Norfawkers
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very decent and highly drinkable Asian beer with character

Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber with debris floating about

Smell: Malt; Teryaki? (are we being prejudiced?)

Taste: Sweet maltiness gives way to a slight bitterness...no really, it tastes kind of like teryaki

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lingering

Drinkability: Unique beer with character and worth a try; very drinkable

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EskimoDave
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ADZA
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DrinkingAleToday
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.