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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

rickcrip76, Feb 23, 2014
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Texasfan549, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

anaids, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mrfrancis, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jmdr, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Lukass, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

csmartin6, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mizx, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ImperatorScab, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice light golden brown with a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates. Very mild lacing on the glass. First sip is fairly sweet and you can taste a little bit of cedar from the casks. Lots of yeast particles are visible through the glass. Has a great hearty mouthfeel. Some slight bitterness at the end and after awhile you can start tasting the alcohol at the end. Some slight citrus scent and taste. A very nice beer that's got some character to it.

Richardbeerlover, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

cornchz, Jan 13, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Very great beer, I love the spice and malty smell. The cedar lingers in your mouth, it's like sitting in a library with this beer, the 7% alcohol level really is hidden. It's a very effervescent beer, and that's pretty rare for a Japanese beer, but it also still retains a dry aftertaste.

nychrislin, Jan 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Vylo, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Doomfag, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Monkeypuker, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of 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!

damndirtyape, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

fionn13, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

The pour is an opaque amber colour, like a good apple cider. A little more orange when held up to light. Not much of a head, but a small crown of bubbles remains.

The nose starts off sweet. Vanilla leads off a clean, but reserved nose filled in by some earthy hops. I was hoping for a more readily apparent cedar, as that is a wood that is near and dear to my heart having grown up amongst them.

The cedar comes through more on the tongue, taking a solid if a bit sweet english IPA into an interesting twist. As noted, the sweetness leads the way on the tongue as well, though it takes a more honey and bread character than the vanilla I felt was on the nose. The hops come in again on the earthier side of things, and the third period is really where the cedar makes its presence known. It compliments the earthiness of the hops quite well, giving it an almost vinous bitterness. The sharp bitterness lasts through to the aftertaste, which finishes with kind of a little dance between the bitter, a slightly sweet woodiness from the cedar, and a hint of that honey sweetness that lead things off.
God medium body and the carbonation accents instead of distracting, this is a well constructed beer.

While I wished there were more cedar in the aroma, it came through stunningly towards the back of the tongue. This is definitely a unique IPA (at least as far as I've tasted), but it's one that I certainly find myself enjoying. Cedar is a tree/aroma/...flavour I guess? that holds great personal significance, so I may enjoy it more than others because of the intangibles it evokes. Definitely worth your time, though, if you find yourself curious.

kemoarps, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Chugs13, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rdub, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jame515, Nov 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ironchefkook, Nov 05, 2013
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.