Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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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.
01-22-2014 03:01:58 | More by Richardbeerlover
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.
01-10-2014 02:00:15 | More by nychrislin
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!
12-21-2013 23:51:41 | More by damndirtyape
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.
12-02-2013 00:22:47 | More by kemoarps
4.26/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-30-2013 03:32:43 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
10-15-2013 02:34:31 | More by Chaney
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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