Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
2010 version. Pours a amber to brown with a full, frothy and easily two finger head at pour. Cloudy in appearance - looks hearty. Head disappates over time. Not much lacing. Smell is spices and orange citrus. Strong orange gives it alcohol presence even on the nose. Taste is semi-sweet with more spice presence - vanilla and coriander. Orange peel is present and gives some burn on the back of the throat but not overpowering.
01-30-2013 01:34:20 | More by Oakenator
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2011
11.2oz bottle served in a snifter 8%
Very nice orange/amber color...white head that disappeared pretty quickly.
Decent malt smell and faint spices (hint of licorice and some orange and I guess the other is coriander)...wouldn't hurt to have a little more but this is 2 years old.
Its a solid beer. I would purchase it again. Really nice malt character but not overboard. Little caramel with light spices. I bet if this were a newer vintage it would have more spice flavor to it but I was expecting a little more spice but i am very okay with the lighter spice flavor.
Mouth feel is good. Well balanced and no heat from the alcohol.
Over all I think its a solid ale. I have had quite a few better...but have had a ton alot worse.
01-19-2013 03:42:54 | More by Jayman931
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2012, 8% ABV.
Pours a frothy light amber head with moderate retention with a deminishing head.
Aroma is malt, hops and spices - coriander and nutmeg feature with hints of vanilla and
Flavor is a mix of fruity flavors, citrus, and spices, with a decent malty backbone, late vanilla, coriander and nutmeg notes. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall very drinkable spiced beer reminiscent of a belgian.
01-17-2013 05:03:15 | More by cliff1066
4.01/5 rDev +7.5%
This beer, and the brewery, ignite an expectation of greatness that is not executed in this brew. The expectation of greatness almost is the downfall of this beer itself. If I had discovered it in a back alley, I'd want in engraved on my epitaph... it's intriguing texture, body, and mouth filling properties ... with citrus, banana, dominican republic essence, session potential, paired with balance and complexity .... yay beer. but i've seen you do better
01-10-2013 01:25:43 | More by IDontBelieveYou
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy caramel orange amber with a half-finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, orange, banana, holiday spicing, especially cinnamon. Festive. Flavor follows with caramel malt, orange citrus, coriander, cinnomaon clove and a hint of ginger. Well integrated. Finish somewhat thinner with residual spices, caramel and orange. Very pleasant creamy medium body. I enjoyed this take on a Belgian inspired holiday ale.
12-13-2012 04:26:14 | More by LiquidAmber
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 on the label.
A: Pours a bright ruby orange with a 1 finger white head. Some visible carbonation but a fairly cloudy brew. Head sticks around for a minute or two before fleeting to the edges. Leaves some lacing on the edge of the glass. Layers nicely in the glass.
S: At first I get a banana like yeast from it. Reminds me of a German wheat beer. There is still some spicing you can pull through but it is fairly light. A pretty fruity aspect to it, raisin or fig, also orange.
T: As with the smell I do get a yeasty banana taste, not too much spice but the vanilla seems to mellow things out. Pretty complex, takes you on a ride from the banana to a sweet malt, vanilla and even a hop kick at the end.
M: Medium bodied with a creamy velvety mouthfeel. Real easy drinking. Sort of low carbonation.
Overall always a beer I look forward to. Have had the last few years and it continues to ease in the winter season. Great mix of german roots and new age spices.
11-11-2012 23:15:32 | More by CloudStrife
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops and coriander, with a faint gingerbread like malt. In the taste, a mellow gingerbread like malt with an orange citrus hop, coriander, and some other spices to make it come alive. A slight bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops, spice, and mellow malt.
07-03-2012 16:47:05 | More by OWSLEY069
3/5 rDev -19.6%
First ever beer from Japan that I have tried.
Pours out a fairly dark orange with hints of ruby red and a nice 2 finger off-white fluffy head.
The aroma is heavy on the coriander and citrus notes with hints of malt and yeast.
The taste is dominated by the coriander and citrus notes and then those fade to a slightly sweet malty character and then that fades into a nutmeg/cinnamon with spicy characteristics. All the flavor are pleasant, but they don't seem to mix/blend together which is a little odd.
Overall, a very nice beer for this style and I'll have to pick up more from this brewery.
07-02-2012 19:32:32 | More by JohnnyMc
2.7/5 rDev -27.6%
A: Pours a light orange with a haggard foggy brown tent to it. Not the prettiest looking beer
S: Orange peel rolls into your nose like a blistering freight train
T: Orange peal mixed with ginger followed by a light hint of vanilla bean and finally apple spice . Not sure if it really works together, as the flavors seem to detract from each other. On paper it sounds good but not really a well rounded beer.
M: Full bodied with a medium dry finish. Nice carbonation
O: This beer was one of those that had such potential but kind of fell short. It is worth a try but kind of unimpressive
05-18-2012 04:49:27 | More by PatrickSwayze
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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