Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.69/5 rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of the most unique beers i've ever had. Even at $5 a bottle for 12 oz, it's a beer i have still drank with semi regularity.
Poured in a tulip glass
Appearance - Nice foamy head with a unique color. mix of orange/yellow with a pinkish hue. Beautiful to look at
Smell - There is no beer that smells like it. Perhaps it's the red rice, but it's hard to put a finger on it. There is defintely a ricey/sake smell to it. Little bit of sweet fruit and malt
Taste - You can not at all tell this is a 7% ABV. Can't recall a beer that hides the alcohol more than this. The rice is certainly prominent. In general, this is just a difficult beer to describe. There's some berries mixed in possibly. Finish is very smooth. No real bitterness present and a beer that is equally good after each sip.
Mouthfeel - not too watery. a medium mouthfeel...just right
Overall - Again, this is unlike any beer i've had. I actually was not a huge fan of the White Ale from Hitachino nest despite it being the highest rated Japanese beer period...(too spicy for my liking) but this little gem is a keeper. It's perhaps the most difficult beer to describe and break down in terms of smell and flavor, but it is quite amazing. Even at it's price point, it's worth having when you can. one of my favs
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 08:51:01 | More by Swedgin_Wu
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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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