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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
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
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Japan

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 08-06-2004)
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, reddish-tinted dark honey color with a thick film head and great retention.
Smell is sweet, malt, citrus, black pepper & wood.
Taste is...odd. Not bad, but very odd. Malt, wood, hops, alcohol & black pepper/bug spray. Like some shot some Raid into my beer. Very weird but not so stong as to put me off it.
A light body, mediumeffervescence. Hoppy aftertaste with atouch of pepper.
The odd flavor really bitch-slapped me at first. I assume it is from the cedar aging but it took a few moments, and a few sips, to get past that.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 20:10:52 | More by PorterLambic
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy amber coloration. The beer is slightly grainy in apperance due to sediment. The beer has a thin biege head.

Smell: The beer has piney hops and sweet malty tones. The beer smells alot like my moms cedar chest. Very nice!

Taste: The beer delivers a caramel maltyness. This is followed up by pine dominate hops. The citrus hoppyness rides a surf board of cedar down my throat. The finish of the beer is earthy dry hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. No off flavors or smells noted. This is an unexpectedly highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 09:04:23 | More by nlmartin
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy rich red amber with a dense tan head.

Smell. A mild, but very nice bouquet of piney hops and sweet caramel malts. That cedar comes out as well here- a bit more on the big whiffs.

Taste. Tasting like a great engish ipa. Slight pine and citrus hops, balanced quite well with the hops. Does have a cedar characteristic with some natural honey. There is a small adhesive taste to it, but is very subtle, and not bad. As it warms, it becomes just a touch peppery. Aftertaste is a little earthy.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/full. Seems it starts off chewy, but becomes a little slick on my tongue. Carbonation is at a great level; it seems quite present, yet does not attack my tongue at all. nice.

Overall, I am a little suprised at this beer. I expected to like it, but i didnt expect to like it this much. I guess one thing is that i dont drink too many english ipa's, but i do thing the cedar aging makes this a nice unique beer. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 02:18:34 | More by acrawf6
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sleepingbear

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

複雑なビール !!

Well done aromatics of cedar swamps drying in kilns.

A 24.3 fl. oz. btl. that sat in my cellar upright and undisturbed for a year before it’s opening, I can not help but think that its undisturbed nature and correct temp and light levels helped it show its best.
Magnificent structure and balance.
Some weird bandage adhesive flavors that were mellowed by the cedar sake funk.
Awesome funk!
This was super funky and stanky.
Dank and funk permeate.
If they don’t get it that’s ok- more for the Magyar!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 06:18:56 | More by sleepingbear
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Extremely carbonated, this bottle suffered a brief eruption when opened. After settling down, I gave it a try. The brew is topped with a huge, rocky head, while the liquid is slightly orange and very hazy. The aroma is interesting, with a slightly tart, citric quality. This is joined with a rustic earthiness, a little wood (I couldn’t discern cedar, but it was certainly wood – though not quite oak-like), fresh nuts (like chestnuts…maybe tannin), and yeast. The taste is quite dry, with a resiny bitterness that, at times, seems a little harsh. The wood quality is present throughout the beer. There’s a bit of astringency, and quite a lot of the citric quality in the finish. This is certainly an interesting beer, but it seemed pretty jumbled and chaotic.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 09:53:31 | More by Suds
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard good things about Hitachino and had a few others of theirs, so I decided to give this a try. It poured a golden brown, had an unfiltered body and a foamy white head with good retention. The aroma was suprisingly good, with banana, cedar, mild hops, vanilla and ginger.
The taste had hints of cedar, smoke, mild hops, mild citrus and some roasted malts. The feel, however was nothing to write home about; the carbonation made a biting feel at first, but this quickly faded into a bland and mildly sour finish. In my opinion, this had real potential but was killed by a weak feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 01:53:53 | More by sinistrsam
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Drew966

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale (Cedar Aged) pours a cloudly light amber color, at least it would if it weren't all foam. I popped the cap, turned and walked away for thirty seconds, came back and found the bottle overflowing all over the place. This bottle has been gently handled and has sat in my fridge for a month before drinking. So the gusher came as quite a surprise. The beer came in an eleven point two ounce brown bottle. The smell is fantastic, you can smell some cedar in it. The beer does have some ipa notes to it, but its not a traditional English ipa, this beer definitely smells better than it tastes, not to say it's bad, just not as good as it's aroma. Definitely worth a try, just be careful when opening.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 23:25:17 | More by Drew966
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy overripe peach color with a foamy head that leaves some good lacing

Smell: Spicy, peppery aroma but there is also a tea-like aroma that is not particularly enjoyable

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity, tea-like flavor that closes with an astringent bitterness that has lots of cedar elements to it

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkabilty: An unusual beer that I found rather disagreeable

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 01:57:24 | More by brentk56
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Ego

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchased @ home liquor in hackensack... just picked it up on a whim, I didn't even know about the cedar aging, that was a nice surprise.

eyes...
silkscreened bottle with "japanese classic ale" label (different than the one pictured), exploding head (beware), craggy off white foam, even with a carefull pour the head is massive and chunky (like most chicks I got in college), it settles down into pumice islands in about 10 minutes. hazy burnt orange hue, some bubbles floating up inside, lacing is spotty.

nose...
the cedar adds so many things here, there is a hint of vinegar sharpness, musty wood tones, light toasty caramel underneath, really interesting IPA nose.

taste etc...
nice bittering but smoothed out from the cedar.. let me try to explain it properly, the bitterness attacks right away but then melts into a coating.... leaving a pleasant aftertaste but yet still bitter... the carbonation is not as assertive as you might think, the body is medium and just right for me.... just light enough to have on a warm summer (intermitent rain) evening.. plus the yankees have beat Boston's brains in for 3 games.. life doesn't get better. The wood really gives this character, a really unique IPA.

verdict?
strange beer but good beer. the cedar aging is a nice touch and really makes this worth trying, the nose gets better as you go on, a good drinking beer but one is enough (bomber).

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 02:22:10 | More by Ego
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this last night at Downtown Wine & Spirits. They had been out of it for several months, so when I noticed that they had some in stock I grabbed a bottle. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a thin, creamy, beige head that is fed by vigorous carbonation. Retention is excellent, the head absolutely does not shrink. Lacing is nice.

Smell: Fruity and bready malts, yeast, and a resiny hop aroma that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The aroma is very English. There may be hints of cedar, but these are fleeting.

Taste: Lightly fruity with toasty malts, followed by a resiny and piney hop bitterness with a citric twang. The aftertaste is a lingering woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Very tingly carbonation, but smooth once the carbonation dies down. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, with a nice hop bittereness.

Overall: A good interpretation of the English IPA style with an interesting woodiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:34:06 | More by EPICAC
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a hazy amber with lees in the bottle. Its got a rocky beige head.

Very prominent nose of cedar with a little earthiness and sourness behind that. Any hops are obscured by the cedar.

Very interesting flavor! Starts just a tad sour, then immediately there is an earthy, almost barnyard flavor, followed by a powerful blast of woodsy cedar and finally a long pine sappy finish.

Spicy and creamy with a very dry almost astringent finish from all the wood. Pretty highly carbonated as well, but not unpleasantly so.

Hard to say about drinkability. On the one hand this is a truly unusual beer, and very flavorful. I'm glad I tried it. On the other, the cedar is really a little too intense for me to have more than one at a time. That doesn't mean I won't be back for more, though. I rank this as one of the more unique brews currently being produced. If this is an English IPA style, its like no other I've ever had- not even close.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 02:31:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice woody aroma, I would think pine if I didn't know from the bottle that its cedar. The aroma is very strong. There's a good malt balance in there too but it does smell a bit overwhelming like a cedar chest.

Nice Amber color with a thick light tan head that's got serious staying power and nice lacing.

Has a pretty sour start. Lemony tartness right off. Afterwards there is good sweet malty backbone and some spice that I can't quite identify. Nice hop bitterness too. But on the other hand, the wood character is kind or over the top. I get the feeling like I've got pencil shavings in my mouth. It's not really unpleasant but I'm not crazy about it either.

Nice full bodied and very creamy. There does seem to me a touch of alcohol in the back of my mouth.

Definitely a unique beer. I've never really had anything like it, but it's flavors are somewhat harsh and unblended. It's a sipper and not easy to get through.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 07:11:46 | More by czechsaaz
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Westsidethreat

California

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The second the cap was off, the foam came POURING out of the bottle, and I mean pouring. I grabbed my glass and saved as much as I could....then the foam BURST over the sides of my glass. GRRR...

OK, I'm back.

Body is a cloudy tangerine bronze with a bit of sediment. Head was a towering mess of sticky froth but since has died down to a gentler wisp with a nice ring around the glass. Webbing is covering all wides of the glass where the foam once was.

S: A whole lot of cedar on the nose, pungent and sappy. Herbal and floral. Rememiscent of a forest floor after a good rain.

T: Certainly based on an English style. First impression is loads of diacetyl. Next up is the cedar flavor which is dominant above all other flavors. Some sweet bay leaf notes....very floral. The hops show themselves and add more to the piney profile. Very herbal and spicy.

M: Medium bodied with a decent carbonation.

D: Cedar flavor is a bit over the top and won't leave the palate. Didn't care for this beer. Started out on the wrong foot and never really got good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 05:34:34 | More by Westsidethreat
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hero27

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
7% abv
"J.5.11" stamped on it..possibly a 'best before' date? no idea..

Pours a hazy, burnt orange with plenty of particles floating about. Huge, off-white head sticks around forever.
You can easily pick up the cedar in the aroma, with some pepper and subtle citrus also. Quite different.
Some woody notes in the flavor, mixed with apple and some light spices.. nutmeg, oily hops, and pepper reside in the finish.
Certainly unique..and I'm glad I tried it. This isn't something I'd regularly spend $3.50/bottle for, but a solid beer out of Japan.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 03:33:44 | More by hero27
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Light, clear amber under two inches of white that shows very good retention and leaves webby rings and sheets of lace as it goes down.

Cedar wood, fruity hops that are a bit skunked at first but that quickly wafts away revealing some floral notes and a malty sweetness. Odd at first, but I like it.

I can taste the cedar and it is not unpleasant as it seems to bring out the juicy fruit flavors from the hops. Quite dry with a splash of malt sweetness and a lingering spice and wood finish. I'm quite surprised at how much I like this beer. The combination of cedar and fruity hop flavors sounds odd, but it really makes for a unique and refreshing beer. I'm giving this a rare 5 for taste!

The mouth is moderate upfront but dries towards the end. I like the transistion.

A very unique and pleasing beer. Well worth the $9 a bomber. I'm glad I went out on a limb for this one. You should do the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 23:04:21 | More by ypsifly
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago. It was pale orange colored with an off-white thin head and it smelled wierd, like some exotic incense. I guess it's the cedar which makes it smell and taste this way, but I conclude cedar is not a good flavor in a beer. It tasted like licking a hippie, made me feel a little sick.

It was strange and unique, and I don't really want to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 12:03:35 | More by TurdFurgison
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:16:38 | More by oberon
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scottoale

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a stubby 330ml. brown bottle, pours an orange-copper with some murkiness from sediment particles. Two-finger, bubbly white head with plenty of initial lace, looks good.

First wiff, straight off the bottle, reveals a rather strong odor of cedar, no doubt due to the fact that it's aged in cedar casks. Same aroma from the glass, with some floral sweetness of the malt, orange fragrance and Japanese green tea...smells intriging.

Taste is very unique, with a mildly sweet, orange/black pekoe tea like flavor, blended with a handfull of cedar sawdust up front, turning from floral to mildly citrus fruity, mainly of orange, then tapering off to a pleasing, slightly bitter superbly clean finish. The cedar leaves a strange but pleasant aftertaste, very different from the average IPA.

Medium body, decent ABV, good carbonation and a slippery, smooth mouthfeel make this an ale that's easy drinkin' and worth try for it's uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 04:15:23 | More by scottoale
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JayTheFinn

California

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty Japanese beer. The ones I've tried have not been impressive so I was a bit surprised at the complex flavor in this one.

It had a orangey brown look. Beautiful smell of lighty citrus, cedar and caramel all blended well. The taste is the same as the smell, all three blended well and arriving on the tongue in waves. Creamy feel in the mouth. Almost too drinkable! I just wish the price tag was a little lower. $5 for 12oz is too high for me to make this a habit.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:40:43 | More by JayTheFinn
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Jredner

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is strong with cedar notes and then very faint notes of caramel malt. Dark cloudy amber color with a firm and lasting thumb thick white head. Smooth caramel malt in the fore is quickly followed by spicy cedar notes that affect both sweeter Italian vanillin flavors as well as medium spiciness. The wood flavor is sharp and pervasive and adds an element I’ve not found in any other beer. There is a fair amount of hoppiness, but it melds together with the cider notes as they both touch on resiny and piney flavors thought there is no mistaking the cedar presence. This was a truly unique and rewarding suprise. Damn nice beer. Vastly underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:13:37 | More by Jredner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer delivers a serious punch in the kisser. The perfumy, woodsy aroma smacks ya upside the head even before you get a chance to look at the glass...(murky rust colored with good head retention, by the way). Smells promise a floral, cider bittering and flavor where the hops should be. Enough malt to make the beer palatable and rounded. But the story here is the solid hop flavors with the cedar amplifying the boquet and offering another bittering character. I've never ate a pine cone before, but now I understand what it would be like.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 21:34:52 | More by BEERchitect
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Crosling

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange leather. Large, bubbly and frothy white head that lasts. Fresh aromas of cut grapefruit, cedar, mango and lemon rinds. Wow. A simply wonderful, coating hop and fruit flavor. Notes of pineapple, fruit and grapefruit but not the overlybitter and resinous kind of hop flavor in American IPA’s. A unique and lovely beer that I hope to enjoy many more times.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 06:11:04 | More by Crosling
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very picturesque. Body is a glowing, translucent, rusty, peachy red-orange. I cannot express how amazing the head is; tall, firm, and the color of rich French vanilla ice cream... and it WILL NOT GO AWAY!

Smell: Wow, cedar. And lots of it. It smells like an old, wooden, Japanese ryokan, and I like it. Fresh, peppery (is that cilantro?), citric hops and sweet malts add fruity depth.

Taste: This is an exceptional beer, truly unique. I find it difficult to describe. It's quite hoppy, but still well-balanced. The cedar taste is there, but it isn't overwhelming. Finish is the best kind of dry, bitter along the sides of the tongue but still kind of sweet on the back of the palate. A touch of yeast comes through as well. All I can say is... wow.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, full-bodied. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Seeing as how this beer is quite nearly perfect, it is extremely drinkable. I had reservations about the price when I bought it ($10 a bomber), but nevermore. It is worth every penny.

Edit: Try this with a very old Cheddar or a smoked cheese and it will blow you away!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 05:06:41 | More by soulgrowl
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle-conditioned murky muddy yellow to amber. Plenty of lacing results from the initial gushing. Off-white head resolves to a cover after a few minutes. Incredible nostrils punching pineapple and cedar aroma. Pure spruce.. incredible. As if it weren’t enough, that funky yeast reminds me why I love beer (one needs that every once in a while, eh?). Lots of citrus notes, orangey, very soft hops.. A treasure of an aroma, unarguably unique, yet it feels like an old friend immediately. Highly fruity, floral.. makes me think of spinach even and definitely algae. Firm and mellow bitterness at the same time.. Incredibly tasty and aromatic, lots of different range of flavours that you’d never think match together, but you needed Japan’s advanced beer science to come ahead with that. Very small bubbles procure a biting bite everywhere at once, but it is comfortable if only for the flavors.. I want more in my mouth with every sip. Light-medium body… Quaffable…Ok, maybe not what most of us have come to expect from IPAs, but let’s face the facts (or my biased opinion), it tastes better than any IPA I’ve had. Tremendous beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 00:34:56 | More by Rastacouere
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hugely carbonated pumpkin with a fine haze, that on closer inspection is due to a cloud of superfine yeast. Thanks to the bubble factory on the bottom of the glass, the pale orange, whipped cream head is a stunning creation. Gargantuan, creamy, sticky and as rocky as Mount Fuji, it's everything one could ask for. Whatever else this beer brings to the party, it looks good. Damn good.

My mom has had a cedar chest since before I was born and that aroma has been burned indelibly into my brain. Q: Does JCA, which has been aged in cedar casks, actually smell like cedar? A: Yes, but thankfully it doesn't dominate. There's another, spicier aspect of the nose that reminds me of sandlewood. I have never smelled another beer quite like this one. Even though it's a pleasant scent, it isn't a very beer-like scent. Not only that, but I have to downgrade any IPA that doesn't smell anything like hops on principle alone.

I'll give Kiuchi Brewery this much, they come up with some of the most original, interesting beers in all the world. The only problem is, they seem to miss the mark as often as they hit it. This is the oddest, least IPA-like IPA that I've ever had occasion to drink. A Japanese beer modeled on a traditional English India Pale Ale that uses a quintessentially American hop (Chinook) and is aged in cedar casks to pay tribute to how saki is created. Whew! Could a beer that fits that description actually be any good? Not really.

First of all, disabuse yourself of any notion whatsoever that you're about to drink an IPA. Think woody, spiced ale. There's a sturdy malt base that conveys a mild sweetness that is more than countered by a bracing amount of bitterness and an enveloping blanket of pungent herbs and spices. Chinook may not have been the best choice here, but then I can't taste any Chinookness anyway. Sticking with Challenger and Kent Goldings alone would have worked out better since the bitterness would have been more manageable.

I like the smell of cedar, but it looks like I don't like the taste of cedar. Cutting the amount of cask aging time by half, or even by a third, would stilll have gotten the job done without the spicy, smoldering, white peppery woodiness obliterating everything in its path. Bottom line: this might have been a good idea, but it was taken way too far.

The mouthfeel, unlike the aroma and the flavor, actually matches the stated style. It's roughly medium in heft, although it lacks that sticky, resiny character that I love in the most highly hopped versions. It's as smooth as the day is long and the carbonation is well behaved, despite my reservations after seeing the head attempt to exit the top of the glass.

Kiuchi brews great beer (White Ale), mediocre beer (Red Rice Ale) and not so good beer (Sweet Stout). Japanese Classic Ale occupies that vast middle ground. By its nature, it will be many different things to many different people. I can see how some will love it, even as others will hate it. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it, but it may just be too strange for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 21:00:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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