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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005)
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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

24.3 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of ginger root, caramel, pear, apple, citrus zest, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of ginger, malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, light citrus zest, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, ginger, and moderate yeast fruitiness; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, ginger, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jordanmckell, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of beepill
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured out of a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date seems to be July 2013.

A - dark reddish-brown color, somewhat cloudy with visible particles of ginger throughout. Thin head and minimal lacing.

S - Earthy malty tones and sweet ginger tea dominate the initial smell. Another description would be "gingerbready". Slight hoppiness when swirled in tulip glass.

T - First thing I thought was that this tastes like an alcoholic version of 'salabat' (Filipino sweet ginger tea). I like. Smooth, sweet, bready malt with pronounced sweet ginger. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavors enhance with sitting/warming (like everything else, I guess).

M - Quite spritzy, like a non-alcoholic ginger ale. It feels almost soda-pop-like.

O - Very satisfying beer. I like the scent and flavor profile much more than expected and will probably buy again.

beepill, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle marked 6.13.10 at 45 degrees into a pint glass
Aroma of ginger and stale beer
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to a 1 mm layer
No lacing
Body medium orange with very small particulates suspended throughout
Flavor begins with a burst of alcohol which blasts out any subtle flavors. After getting by the initial swallow, there is a slight ginger flavor and aroma remaining, while the stomach burning begins. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation soft

A passable beer, with a subtle ginger flavor, certainly less aggressive than Crabbie’s. More of a novelty beer.

Ozzylizard, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

AudioGilz, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

hunteraw, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rstenson, Feb 10, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

david18, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

refractor82, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Chicagospur773, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jgammoniv, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

hermit990, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ImperatorScab, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

irrgalaxy, Jan 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Resuin, Jan 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

cornchz, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerForMuscle, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Monkeypuker
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Monkeypuker, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Poured a cloudy, fresh apple cider brown, with a one finger off-white head that receded to a nice ring of lacing. Very good looking. Scents of overripe fruit, earthy, musty and funky aromas, ginger, and some faint honey and malt sweetness. A very nice, earthy, fruity and sweet aroma with some unexpected funk. Far more complex than I was expecting, very nice. Flavor begins with sweet malt and caramel, moves into some white grape, raisin and dried fruit, apricot and apricot pit with some slight spiciness, some earthy and musty yeast flavors, coming out on the finish and aftertaste, slight sour funkiness and some slight hints of ginger in the background in the middle, finish and aftertaste. Very good, the ginger is not as big in the flavor as I expected, but it has a good, Belgian quality to the flavor, with some wild notes and the spiciness, malty sweetness, stone fruit and dried fruit flavors of tripels and quads. Quite unique and very good. The flavor hides the 8% ABV entirely. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation that barely pricks the tongue, yet enough to give the beer a sipping quality. There is also a slight creaminess in the feel. Very nice to drink and swish, excellently crafted. Overall this is an amazing beer. I went in expecting a ginger heavy gimmick, but got a good, Belgian-like beer with a surprising complexity in aroma and flavor, with just a bit of ginger. Its a well crafted beer, showing the brewer's care for the final product. Highly recommended.

Auraan, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

This beer has a huge head when first poured and lacing remains throughout. Nice reddish caramel color. There is some dark sediment that comes out at the end of the pour. You can really smell the ginger and taste it as well. Nice spicy finish from the ginger without being harsh due to the sweetness of the beer. If you like ginger, this is the beer for you. I was not expecting such a true rendition of the ginger flavor but this one hits it on the spot. This is what a true ginger beer should be. The ABV of 8% also gives you a nice double whammy when combined with the ginger :)

Richardbeerlover, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

DaveAnderson, Nov 08, 2013
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.