Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew - Kiuchi Brewery
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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.
11-24-2013 05:15:03 | More by Auraan
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 :)
11-18-2013 03:34:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
A: ruby-like and amber. the hue has a very mahogany and opaque . the head was almost non-existent as i poured into a tulip (but maybe its the way i poured)
S: not to anyone's surprise; gingery. almost like maple syrup.
T: if anyone is familiar with the korean candy, 'yeot', it is definitely what it tasted like. malty and sweet.
M: silky smooth, creamy, and medium body, with light carbonation.
O: i am a fan of the korean candy, 'yeot', so i couldnt get that thought out of my head as i continued to drink it. kiuchi brewery has once again won me over. will i drink it again? absolutely.
11-05-2013 04:17:36 | More by ironchefkook
3.33/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: dark, somewhat hazy orange with lots of chunky floaties in the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not too bad.
Smell: soapy, bready malty aroma. Interesting earthy character, but the ginger just contributes a kind of off-aroma, instead of something ginger-specific.
Taste: earthy, floral, and somewhat gingery flavor. Kind of an interesting pale ale, perhaps, but nothing crazy good. The floral aspect actually sells it the most for me.
Mouthfeel: rich body with a great carbonation and a highly surprising creaminess. Easily the best characteristic of this beer.
Overall: OK, it's not the best thing in the world. But it's a decently interesting beer. It's definitely worth a try if you're into the more exotic brews; otherwise, probably not worth your time.
10-30-2013 01:22:41 | More by flagmantho
3.51/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. I despise ginger so I will try to be fair in spite of that, but no promises.
A- One-finger white head that recedes quickly. Atop a murky, dark-orange body with sluggish carbonation. Looks... not great.
S- Smells just like the ginger snaps of my childhood. Nostalgia throwback. Wow. Molasses, amber malts and some of that sweet ginger I remember.
T- Molasses and understated ginger. Spicy and crisp flavors. Not bad at all.
M- Medium feel with very subtle carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.
O- Polarized beer. Very good parts and pretty bad parts.
10-17-2013 04:06:18 | More by Murrhey
Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.