Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.3/5 rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Fiery jack-o'-lantern orange with abundant (stationary) yeast and abundant (rising) bubbles. The beer is pretty impressive in that it looks like it contains its own light source. The head was huge and Belgian-like immediately after the pour and filled almost the entire glass. I'll ignore the fact that there's very little lace because this is one fantastic looking beer.
The nose smells like... wait for it... ginger. I happen to love ginger, so I like the nose just fine. The best part about it is that there's a pale malty sweetness underneath the spice. At least it smells like there is.
Real Ginger Ale is real fabulous beer. I don't need to check my reviews to know that this is the best ginger beer that I've ever had. I'm overjoyed that Kiuchi decided to brew what tastes and feels like a bigger beer rather than a light, refreshing one. I wouldn't want the bold, rich flavor to be scaled back one little bit.
I love the sugar cookie soaked in honey sweetness. It's obvious that there's a fantastic beer beneath the perfectly calibrated, freshly grated ginger. I can also appreciate a tart, apricot and peach fruitiness. The rear label says that Ginger Ale has an 'intriguing balance of ginger-spicy, sweet-malty and hoppy-dry' flavor. Other than the dry part, I couldn't agree more. This is a fascinating, multi-faceted and delightfully delicious ale.
I'm a sucker for lush, silky mouthfeels, so it's no great surprise that I love this one. Who knew that all those bubbles would expend most of their energy in head creation and that the mouthfeel would be so poised? Quality brewers brew beer with quality mouthfeels.
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale (along with Celebration Ale and White Ale) is the cream of the Kiuchi crop. One probably has to like ginger to like it, so it won't appeal to everyone. It sure as hell appeals to me though. I just wish I could remember where I bought the bottle since I'd love to lay my hands on a few more.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2006 16:39:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
(bottle code RG.13.12 - poured into a tall Unibroue tulip)
A: tall, gooey-spongy foam to start... somewhat cloudy, dark caramel color - looks like liquified caramel in the process of cooling off dry...
S: browned, dry caramel overtone... old, candied ginger
T: heavy malt foundation, malty ginger beer, herbal bitterness in the finish... powdered ginger and grain-husky bitterness lingers... tiny hint of spicy alcohol
M: fatty-round... thinnish, chewy-gooey viscosity... booze enhances the notably dry finish
O: caramel-y malt and powdered ginger are core to the taste here... it appears that it could be a goopy mess, however, the flavors seem to have decent balance and it thankfully ends up surprisingly dry... if you dig malt and ginger anything, this is a good one
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 06:27:04 | More by Bouleboubier
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
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