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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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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 605 | Reviews: 316
Reviews by StevieW:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 24.3 oz bottle. The big Hitachino Owl staring back at you. I was really surprised to see this listed as Belgian Strong Ale. I guess it makes more sense now, viewed in that respect.
Pours a light golden color with a reddish tinge. It produced a bubbly rocky off white head.
Smell as cooked rice, sweet alcohol, and earthy yeast quality to.
Taste was oddly sweet, and slick to start, syrupy almost. Hints of fruits, strawberries, raspberries, and lots of alcohol taste. Has a certain crispness toward the finish, that attribute to the rice. No it doesn't taste like a budweiser, but not what I expected either. Seems to me more sweet than anything. Almost one the way to being a tripel ? Medium to light bodied, noticable alcohol kick and flavors. Not a guzzler to be sure, but an interesting beer, probably won't go searching it out again for a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange color with a light head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is of grain alcohol and some green apple.I have had saki only a few times but I pick up a big saki flavor to this brew in the finish along with a light smokiness and like a few others a light olive juice flavor as well.A real odd and perplexing beer but it kinda grown on ya after a few drinks,glad I gave it a try.

Photo of RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one has a pretty, hazy yellow body with a full head.

Smell – The strong, ricey grain was balanced by some surprisingly soft, floral hops.

Taste – The sharp grain and rice defined this ale. I caught some good sweetness at the end, though.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium in the body with some good, tingling carbonation.

Drinkability – This one was OK. It went well with my Kaisershinken ham and Swiss cheese sandwich.

Comments – The style classification has to be wrong. This isn’t anything close to a BSPA.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of explosivebeer
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a hazy light plum color with a very thin head. My bottle was fairly settled but there seems to be a larger-than-normal amount of yeast in suspension. Some nice sour aroma with a little funkiness in it, apparently from the rice. The body is a little thin and has a little underlying cherry.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 onz amber bottle with 7%

A: Bone white head and a mix between orange and amber color

S: Kind of cooked vegetables and soy sauce

T: Bitter sweet taste,not crisp , the taste of red rice is like veggies

M: Carbonated, bitter and not smooth

Drinkability: Different beer, good to try something new

Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Short, stubby 11.2oz brown bottle with that cute little owl on it. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a crazy cloudy golden with peach hues and a massive white lace that has a wierd pink hue to it. Head is creamy, foamy, sticky, clingy and retains pretty well too.

Smell: Smells of starch, bean, light strawberries, but no real hop or malt characters. Sake characters in the nose. Aroma is strange, but in a nice/wierd way.

Taste: Thin flavours of strawberries, large dose of a spicy medicinal alcohol that can be likened to sake (typical of rice brews). Slight bitterness around the edges; like kiwi fruit. Malt flavour is high, but the rice / starch flavours seem to take the foreground, and rightly so. Nice strong malt sweetness provides a smooth medium to full-body and nice balance. Loads of fruitiness in this beer too ... that all seems to mix with a flat Sprite-like flavour. Finish goes bitty on the palate and a bit dry. Alcohol fumes fill the mouth and nasal passage (sake all the way).

Notes: What an odd little beer. I love it! Who would have thunk to brew such an unusual little gem of a beer? The flavours are very unusual, to say the least. I also want more. Now.

Note: be respectful of this beer. It'll kick your ass with its unique type of alcohol and its content.

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Schmit
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a bottle with a whimsical label featuring an owl or maybe some kind of native Japanese snow fowl. The most striking thing about this beer is its color: other reviewers call it amber, but I swear this stuff has a deep magenta tinge to it. There is a lot of sediment floating around in it like a snowglobe (I assume this is the reason for the snowy owl on the label?) and this beer, if nothing else, looks really great. Didn't like the smell, which I can only say struck me as a sour pilsner smell. Taste was not bad, different somehow (which I guess is the rice?), but just pretty so-so. Pricey and not something I'll necessarily seek out in the future, but definitely worth a try.

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Odd golden beige hue with evident haze, real nice off white lace that stays for a while due to the active carbonation.

Smells of cooked wild rice, mild tartness, spicy sweet alcohol and earthy yeast.

Slightly viscous carbonation has bit of body to roll through. Tad slick in the mouth, crispness build as the spicy alcohol and sharp bitterness hit. Mild tartness middle to end, yeast tones soften the palate a little. Wild rice flavours throughout meld with the yeast and go both earthy and nutty. Alcoholic esters are only faintly fruity but quite warming. Finishes on the dry side.

This is one of those off the wall yet extremely interesting brews. Not something I’d buy all the time but for more of a treat or a conversational brew. Paired well with my tuna sushi roll.

Photo of merlin48
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those kooky breweries, based on my third sampling of their ales. This one pours from a 330ml bottle a pinkish burnt orange body with a small, big bubbled head that is offwhite in color. Active carbonation is apparent, with lots of bubble action. Rings of patchy lace form atop the hazy body.
Aroma is restrained, thankfully, as what I notice is not overly pleasant. Very adjunct like, with notes of sake and rice.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.
Taste is interesting. Begins sweet and yeasty, and morphs into a dry, sour, and acidic sake taste. Some sharp notes are present, and it's difficult to discern whether it's from the hops or alcohol. Finishes dry and vinous, very akin to sake.
Well, this was another unique offering from Hitachino. This one is going to be an acquired taste, but at the high price I probably won't bother. I like their Classic Ale, aged in cedar, much better. Try this one if you want some sake and rice in your beer.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5 12 oz bottle.
Upon opening I smelled some vanilla, cherry/fruitiness, oak.
Pours a one finger head that quickly disapates to nothing but some clingy bubbles. In the glass I smell fruit strawberry and sne other tart fruit, bubble gum, lager yeast character, sweet oak, apple. Tastes like tart strawberry, lager grainy notes. Drys out on the finish. Medium carbing, light body quite drinkable for this abv, not for this $..

Photo of schrutality
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tasted a bit like a fruity sake. really good

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Torey
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red/orange/brown color with a white head. The aroma is smoke, toffee, tobacco, leather and toasted malt. The flavor is similar. I still get a lot of tobacco and smoke, but I also get some meaty notes. There is also some rice, grass and fruit notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner-like glass.

Appearance: Cloudy fiery-orange with large initial head, but recedes fairly quickly.

Smell: Okay, this is weird. There is an earthy sweetness that makes me think of millipedes, which give off a distinct odor.

Taste: The earthy sweetness dominates the taste as well, so now I know what millipedes taste like. However, it's not that bad, as there are also some raisin and plum characteristics. The finish reminds me of sake.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, as it could have been a little more lively. Somewhat light body.

Drinkability: Just a weird beer, although I did warm up to it after a little while. Plus, it did go well with the sushi I was having.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured in a DFH pint glass. Thanks to theghost3 for this extra!

Pours a cloudy red color. with almost no head or lacing. Smells like Salami... very interesting.

Taste is not too pleasant, kind of harsh and leaves a deli meat after taste. I'm not really sure what's going on here but It's not a great taste. It's a bit over carbonated. Interesting to drink but I'd go with their white one over this.

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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