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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
85
very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:51:41 | More by damndirtyape
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-09-2013 04:17:39 | More by XmnwildX12
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-09-2013 03:26:28 | More by fionn13
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-05-2013 02:14:52 | More by BillRoth
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kemoarps

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:22:47 | More by kemoarps
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2013 00:09:41 | More by Chugs13
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-07-2013 06:33:27 | More by rdub
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Jame515

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-07-2013 00:53:27 | More by Jame515
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ironchefkook

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-05-2013 21:09:19 | More by ironchefkook
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Was shown this in Denver a few months back and could not pass up when I noticed it was aged in cedar casks. Just sounded really interesting.

Pours a rich copper to rust shade, very beautiful with slightly off white head that lingers as a thin film for a long time. Has a very nice haziness to it. Looks great, just what I hoped for when I read this IPA sort idea on the back label.

Smell is quite subtle and a bit musty. You can really smell the earthy hops and malts in it, but it is kind of odd with what I recognize as a damp cedar sort of smell... which can be good and bad... in this case it is a bit odd for me.

Taste is interesting and yet traditional for an IPA. A mellow, sweet earthiness invites you into a spicy and herbal hop with a more pronounced sweet and sticky malt backbone that balances the mild bitterness very well. The malt has some burnt caramel, the hops shine with a variety of citrus, herbs, and pine. Then the beer is layered over with a unique vanilla woodiness, the cedar tone, which just fits so well and so refined into the spicy hops.

The cedar has a nice residual tone the lingers in the mouth long after.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, lower carbonation, smooth, and just a tad dry. The fullness in the medium body is really great. This part of the beer is wonderful through and through.

Overall, I was a bit put off by the malt in some way and the nose was a bit odd for me. It was unusual in a way that I was not sure of. Otherwise this was a fantastic English style IPA. I would buy this again, as I would many other beers from Hitachino.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:32:43 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Hitachino beer ever served in a port city glass.

A: Poured an amber-orange color with lots of flakes floating around in the vat of goodness. The head was a mere bubble formation.

S: Very potent and quite excellent. One might even be fooled into tagging this a sour. It does have that sort of funk. Very bright fruit with plums, sour apples, and some oranges.

T: This thing is unusual! Holy hell! I did get the cedar poking through the other ingredient and didn't think I actually would based on the nose. This reminded me more of a saison than an EIPA.

M: Infinitely smooth due to the cedar aging, with a scrumptuous mouthfeel and no booze detected.

O: This brew totally blew me away. It was worth the $4.99.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:34:31 | More by Chaney
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Nunya

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-14-2013 23:52:34 | More by Nunya
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G-RAT

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-10-2013 19:11:46 | More by G-RAT
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ReverendJon

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-29-2013 03:55:56 | More by ReverendJon
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goochpunch

Texas

3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber body with thin head. Vanilla, caramel, and nuts in the smell. Taste is really sweet. Just very caramelly and malty. Some vanilla. Not getting much cedar (which I'd like to taste more). Too sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky, but some stinging carbonation helps with that. This is not so great. If the cedar were more prevalent, I'd like this more.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:50:42 | More by goochpunch
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SteeleWright

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-27-2013 22:15:18 | More by SteeleWright
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-26-2013 17:30:12 | More by harpus
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dozier77

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-25-2013 03:00:01 | More by dozier77
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GibbonsTheBeerGuy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-19-2013 15:27:09 | More by GibbonsTheBeerGuy
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abex44

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-15-2013 02:01:10 | More by abex44
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tommy5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-13-2013 11:38:25 | More by tommy5
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-08-2013 22:58:21 | More by BeerDreadz
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zero_signal

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-06-2013 02:44:06 | More by zero_signal
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CTJman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-04-2013 19:32:09 | More by CTJman
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hsus0225

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-02-2013 01:16:22 | More by hsus0225
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.