Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle (RR 11 08 stamped on side) poured into a Tulip glass.
Appearance: Much as others have described, the beer is a cloudy red-orange with a hint of pink to it. The pink color is quite notable when you first pour it. The foam pours an off-white/faint pain rocky head that dies back to leave just a thin skin across the top. Some tiny strands of lacing here and there. I noted that some sediment came along despite a careful pour, so that may be coloring my review a bit.
Smell: Cooked rice, some fruity esters (grape mostly), very mild skunk, but that skunk goes away as it warms up. Definitely has some Belgian character to the smell, barest hint of herbal hops with the malt and sweetness among the dominant grain smell (rice).
Taste: Complex with lots of flavors blending together quickly. Hops - bitter/earthy, sweetness - fruit/grape/berry (raspberry?), grains - barest flavor of rice and some malt in there. The hops and sweet flavors dominate.
Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation - a tiny bit prickly on the tongue but then gone. Nothing sticking to the teeth. Slick and thicker than water, but just barely.
Overall / Drinkability: Neat to try out. At first when I had this I thought that putting into the category of a Belgian strong pale ale was incorrect, but as I drink more of it, I think that's a reasonable place for this beer which is distinctly Japanese and very unique in flavor and style. Glad to try, but not sure I would call this highly drinkable. It's an acquired taste - interesting, challenging to define, delicate and complex, and to that end good overall. But I can't see myself going out of my way to get it again. Still, as I look at the other ratings, I think this is a good beer and so despite my counter-arguments on only trying it once, I'll rate this as good overall.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2011 00:16:41 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
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
83 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.