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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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Reviews by alysmith4:
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District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was expecting more from the Hitachino family of beers, especially after having just discovered their white ale - which I now adore. It poured an interesting reddish brown color, with minimal head. Smell was thin, a little sour, and not very sweet. Taste was a cross between a Belgian and a.. Saporro? Not sure, but it wasn't the best. And it was a little "dirty" tasting too. Maybe I just wasn't expecting the straw/hay components to come through in this style/brand of beer. I'd have it again, but it wasn't a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:50:58 | More by alysmith4
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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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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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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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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.