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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 644
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 37
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Photo of m0ntels
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing color, very bubbly, and unique flavor from the red rice. Mouthfeel more like a soda. While I was glad I tried it, it's just not really what I'm looking for other than it being unusual.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours Hazy pink grapefruit big off-white not so firm head. Aroma sweet caramel, strawberry yogurt. Taste sweet strawberry, caramel candy-fruity, low bitterness. Medium- bodied and carbonation very different but very nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and unidentifiable light fruit and yeast. Flavor is sweet malt and mixed light fruits, hint of citrus and a light bitterness in the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A uniquely flavored light ale with well balanced malt and fruit oriented flavors mildly reminiscent of Sake. Not getting much Belgian character. I don't expect flavor from rice, but expect that the pleasant light flavors are from the red rice used in brewing this. If so, it fits well with the malt. I tried this with a group of friends and this was well received by all. Much better than my expectation for an ale with "rice" in the name, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer. It has a unique taste, which must come from the red rice it's brewed with. Would drink more if it wasn't so expensive. This is more of a treat type of beer.

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Photo of Marc280
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, coppery colour that with minimal head. No real lacing and a small head that fades quickly. S: the smells I get are mostly strawberry and maybe a bit of peach?? No real hops notes that I could detect. T: I really like the taste. It has a slightly fruity sweetness that is balanced with a good maltiness. F: Light and quite carbonated. O: Something that is very different to most other beers I've tasted. I like it and would ddefinitely buy again.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- very small head that dissipated quickly
-very fruity smell with a hop and sake notes, very mellow though
- smooth and fruity berry fruits and a light sake rice taste
- a little over carbonated but balanced apart from that
-overall a good experience a good take on a classic

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a cloudy, coppery gold with a minimal head. No lacing. Kind of peachy colored in a way.

S: Peaches right off that go into strawberry and Sake-tinged malt. No hops at the nose.

T: Fruity/grainy notes out of the gate that lead into a medicinal hit at the back of the throat. Bit of brown rice notes in there, too. Very unusual.

F: Light and not too bubbly.

O: A really unusual and addictive brew that I'll probably put in my rotation of staples.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, floral, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, yeast, and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd medicinal quality in the taste that makes this one a bit difficult to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hitachino Nest Red Rice has a very thick, off-white, crackly head, a hazy, red-gold appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is an odd combination of smoke, strawberry juice, bread, sweetness, and boiled rice. Taste is of fairly heavy smoke (rauchbier?), some strawberry, white bread, semi-burned popcorn kernel, head shop incense, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale finishes not so dry and highly gulp-able.


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bronze colour with a thick creamy head of foam. A grassy hop smell. Taste is of grain and a nondescript bitterness that does remind me of grass but more of an earthiness going on. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Good.

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Photo of SquizzleBop
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Crispy and sharp all the way through. Little sweet hint of the same type of rice you'd taste in a better Sake. Carbonation was present but not at all overwhelming. Really enjoyed the dry earthy after taste. I could easily put this down with a sushi roll and enjoy the complimenting flavorings. In a nutshell it like was a bastard child of a wheat or Sake and an ale, I had no problem giving it a home with me.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper orange color with some vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts, rice, fruity, a little alcohol, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Nice creamy and silky malt characteristics. A little booze, fruitiness, and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, silky, a little booze, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure what to think of this beer. Good and interesting. I'll revisit this one again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York and then lost in a cupboard. The label states that it contains an ancient variety of red rice that gives it a pink tinge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Maybe a very faint pink. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of husks, rice, fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard. Has a slight whiff of adjunct lager. Uneventful.

Tastes of husky malt with a prolonged dry finish. Notes of grainy malt, husks, mild rice, vaguely fruity yeast, stewed leaves, earthiness and a hint of harsh cardboard in the background. Perhaps a twinge of lurking alcohol. Highly attenuated, followed by a slightly acrid herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, earthy yeast and faint rice.

Hmmm - not brilliant. That said, the age of the bottle probably doesn't help. Looks OK if rather cloudy; the aroma and flavour are pretty lacklustre. Husky malt and stewed leaves are the main course. Body is alright and relatively thick. Drinkable but unexciting - it just doesn't have that much going for it. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle code RR.13.07 - poured into a balloon)

A: super (smog) cloudy, strawberry juice hue... initial whipped egg-white foam recedes quickly into a sticky surface film, thin, bubbly collar

S: powdery, baseball-card bubble gum... Turkish Delight, candied/crystallized watermelon... rice paper candy... perhaps a faint pink grapefruit fragrance... as far as beers go, quite unique! - un-beerlike, for sure...

T: very much like the aromas - I've had this a few times, though, where it's not all nearly as starchy as it seems here... close to but maybe not quite a cross between passion fruit and papaya, though without any sweetness - not a ton of bitterness either - a weakly acidic showing in the finish...

M: sort of a frothy, airy, finely-whipped texture - vaguely reminiscent of the whipped foam atop cappuccino... bit of a nectar-like pull beneath the sudsy wash... pretty damn dry... touch of gummy, citrus juice lip-smacky-ness in the aftertaste

O: this is it! - excellent accompaniment for sushi... this was an outlier - this is usually a bit more sparkling and crisp, but still nectary - more vibrant fruitiness... always a treat though - definitely worth checking out if you've never had it

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange red amber with a nice white head. Has a great aroma. Lots of dark sediment (which I assume is the red rice). This is a living beer! What is so great is that the bubbles continuously move the rice particles around. Cool! Nice slightly sweet smell. Good taste with the slightest of sweetness at the backend due to the rice. Very easy beer to drink and lots of substance.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slighty browned rose pink, not unlike Shloer. Pretty good un-uniform off-white head.

S: Strawberry and fudge with yeasty peppiness. Again, Shloer.

T: Yup, Shloer. But more strawberry than rasberry. Actually there's a weird oily flavour that you find in cheap wine but it's only apparent in the first sip. While dry and a bit Alka-Seltzer like, it does have quite a nice fruitiness. There's also a slight touch of pepper. Not quite as piquant as it could probably be.

M: Light and delicate. Could perhaps use a little more fizz to boost the flavour profile.

O: I was anticipating a sake tasting beer but this is nothing of the sort. It is, however, quite interesting and I think it's quirky beers like this that are going to put Japan on the craft beer map instead of their middle of the road faux American stuff.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked RR.13.09 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of phenolic compounds
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor, occasional small island
Body orange, cloudy with visible particles and floaters, sediment in bottle
Flavor unremarkable, lightly sweet with phenolics from yeast. Ends slightly sweet, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Body medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

Very mundane version of Belgium pale ale. Meets the basic description but nothing special, unless you consider that it’s made with red rice.

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Photo of levineju
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12oz. single stub bottle from Whole Foods for a guilty $6.50. Worth it? Let's see...

A - deep, tangerine colored cider. Very opaque. Initially yielded quite a bit of cream colored head that collapsed quickly and never returned. No lacing retained as it goes down.

S - sweet and bright, with notes of citrus candy; grapefruit; quite a bit of malt that intensifies as it sits.

T - comes across very Belgian, which this Japanese brewery is known for employing, but there is a uniqueness that I can't quite place; light, zippy, with good malt and citrus brightness throughout. Pure rice grain is noticeable on the exhale.

M - a little sharp at first, with some decent carbonation. It mellows out a bit once the volatiles escape. There's a bit of carb-y film that retains in the mouth throughout the sampling.

O - Very unique; a curious beer for the curiously minded.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neat find on tap at Beer Revolution, one of the most unique brews I've had to date and could almost be its own style ... If oatmeal stout is sufficiently different to qualify as distinct, a beer made with red rice and sake yeast damn straight qualifies as well. Don't get me wrong, it does have some Belgian character. This brew is an unusual color that I can best describe as red apple juice, not quite as sparkly as the darker pale ales and IPAs, with a decent quantity of noticeably large white bubbles. Smells like nutty malt, rich sweet yeast, and fermented honey, along with some banana and spice esters. The taste diverges from Belgian though, butterscotch and strawberry vanilla custard (again with a hint of banana) with a pungent nuttiness like wild rice. The unique grist is really adding something distinct to the flavor. Although not aggressively boozy, the latter does reveal itself over time. I can also detect some floral, grassy hops in the middle. Fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is crisp and there is a sake-like graininess that scrubs the palate clean after each sip. Wow. Fruity and yet still quite dry, with the wild rice nuttiness persisting right up until the finish. This one is a keeper and ignore the price point: Try it at least once.

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Photo of scootny
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head is just fabulous. Copious amounts and decent lacing. Hazy light golden fluid with a few specks here and there. Aroma is light bodied and grainy with a touch of yeast. Sweet honey notes flow in bring out the light malt. Taste is flat out great. Red rice malt gives the flavors of light pilsner malt and it's sweet grain character. Subtle amounts of light fruits from apples to a hint of strawberry and bubblegum . Trace honey and mild pepper lead into a dry finish with a mild Saaz hop signature. Super mellow Belgian yeast presence that ties it all together. The Belgo-fruit notes are here but in mild form as with the funk. I mentioned the dry finish. It is hard to do it justice as it is perfect and delicately done. A super quenching and refreshing beer that begs you to quaff as much as you like while packing a respectable alcohol wallop. Feel is light and creamy in the carbonation with a just right weight to the liquid, light and supple. Incredibly drinkable this beer is one of the best session ale I've had period. Flat Out Great Beer! I may not fir they typical BSPA profile but wow is to good.

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Photo of pkalix
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

zero head, just a non-carbonated juice-looking drink sitting there. except for the fizzy, coke-like fizz right on the pour, it's very flat...
smells kind of sour, a little bit of vinegar, a little bit of malt....
taste is the same. tangy metallic taste, almost. some tartness in the back. a Japanese version of a sour, maybe? very thin compared to most sours, specific gravity-wise and taste-wise. hope it doesn't ruin the taste for my next beer....
overall, it's okay. nothing I think i'd buy again, but nothing I regretted trying. 7% is an admirable level of alcohol.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell is best described as funkalicious. If you smell it, you'll know what I mean. It's a strange, sour, fruity smell that is unlike any beer smell I've ever smelled.
The taste continues the theme of bizarre and intriguing. It is absolutely on the sour side with a fungusy yeast tone, but an oddly familiar flavour right behind it. It tastes like you're chewing on a flower....I want to say honeysuckle. It has an obvious sweetness to it, while not seeming all that sugary. It has a very smooth, thin mouthfeel, which unfortunately means no fun, but the thin, smoothness goes well with the sweet, flowery flavour. Despite this, the alcohol is oddly not present. It's 7% and has just a bit of citrusy hops to hide behind along with a very present funky yeast flavour. I'm not sure why it doesn't taste hotter. As a fan of alcohol flavour, I'm a little disappointed, but it's hard to be when this beer is such an all-around treat. It is very out there, very different from what I've had before, and very out-of-the-box experience.

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Photo of wl0307
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, bottled date: 04/2013, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a lightly translucent, dark orangey golden to light amber colour, coming with a creamy and frothy off-white head with good retention and mild carbonation.
S: so aromatic comes the fragrant purple rice (as I know it) and gristy quality pale malts, paired with a mild grapey fruit aroma and citric hops, as well as an intriguing edge of acidity probably from the Sake yeasts. Given a good swirl, more gristy pale malt aroma comes to the fore, along with a lightly spicy-bitter edge. Overall, aromatic and distinctive; very nice.
T: lightly effervescent, the foretaste is initially estery sour, dry-ish and yet also grainy sweet, with a sweetness more than that of malted barleys and venturing into the region of purple rice. In the aftertaste, a unique tinge of esters really quite like good quality Sake prevails, lending a gristy but dry-ish mouthfeel lingering at the end of the palate, where the lightly spicy bitterness also contributes to the complexity. Unavoidably for a 7%abv. ale utilising Sake yeasts and Red Rice, the finish also shows quite obvious overtones of alc.
M&O: refreshing on the mouthfeel, medium-bodied, the flavour profile is quite simple yet fragrant and nice, while the alc. content is definitely there to assert its presence without any pretentiousness. All in all, a very fragrant and distinctive beer worth tasting once in a life time, really.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2fl oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with static carbonation. Cloudy orange color with drips of reddish yeast on top. Attractive.

S- Floral and spicy. A slight funk, but a really unremarkable aroma to be honest.

T- Some Belgian yeasts and floral hops. Has a pale ale quality along with a little spiciness from the Belgian quality.

M- "Fluffy," and smooth. Airy with minimal carbonation.

O- Pretty weak smell, but all-around a decent beer.

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Photo of Daemose
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orangish red, with slightly pinkish tinted white foam head. Very fine bubbles, not like the sudsy looking Saison and IPA heads.

Smell: Similar to taste.

Taste: This beer is awesome. It tastes like meringue, strawberry meringue. Especially those meringue "cookies" that are really just dehydrated meringue. That or astronaut ice cream. Its sweet, with a rice/marshmallow flavor profile that's out of this world. There is a little sake character to it as well, from the rice, which goes hand in hand with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation.

Overall: This beer was so good I went out and bought a case from D&Q in Houston.

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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