Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by basica:
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours an orange-brown color with reddish hues into my De Struise glass; the unintended violent pour yielded a beautiful three-finger thick foamy-bubbly head, evenly rounded at the top with medium to good retention; it finally settles down to a half-finger thick foamy layer. (4.5)
S - Slightly sweet and floral nose with notes of malts and fruits as well as very interesting and noteworthy aromas of red beans (azuki beans) which I believe may be a result of the rice character on the nose. (4)
T - Light sweetness with nutty, biscuity malt flavors upfront with the red bean notes filling in the middle along with light cherry and plum fruitiness; slightly tart and bitter on the finish with malts, red beans and some fruits lasting into the after taste (4)
M - Thin on the body with a watery texture, going down with fairly light carbonation (3.5)
D - Interesting flavors and very easy drinking but the watery mouthfeel could use some improvements. I like the red bean character which I believe, should be from the "red rice" component of this beer. (4)
The Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale does not taste or feel anywhere near to a being a Belgian Strong Pale Ale as stated on the beer style of this beer in Beeradvocate.com. It seemed more reminiscent of an English ale with a tad of slightly funky Saison-like character; very interesting.
Bottle solicited from Medi-ya Japanese Supermarket, Liang Court at Clarke Quay, Singapore.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2011 16:45:26 | More by basica
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3.84/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 23:19:27 | More by levineju
3.86/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2014 03:15:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.81/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 04:28:20 | More by scootny
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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