Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Hitachino - the finest of Japanese brewers (from previous drinking experiences) have crafted many fine and intricate ales of variety from a Wit Bier that competes with the best of Belgian Wits [pun intended] to the lowest of lows; Ginger beer (yeah I'm obviously not a fan of Ginger beers). With Red Rice Ale we have what could be considered their most enticing sounding of brews, Kampai!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.
A: Presents with a cloudy tangelo body and off-white thin lacing for a head.
S: Interesting malty rice wine aromas mixed with sweet honey, sour yeast and bitter melon. It's quite a fusion you would expect from a Japanese ale (not the Lagers, they usually smell like other Asian Lagers).
T: It's a tangy nutty Sake flavoured roller-coaster ride we have here. Such is the difference to a Western style ale it could be off-setting for some. For me it's quite expected within the flavour-profile Japanese tend towards. We have a hint of sweet berries upfront, not as much as expected, followed by a tangy citric edge, dry rice malt centre, nut and earth flavours finish off with an almost umami aftertaste (I swear the Japanese always figure out a way to slip umami into everything). The end result, apart from an excellent flavour balance, is an ale that is quite unique and very, very Japanese.
M: Mid to light body with light carbonation.
D: Judged on the flavour alone I would have a section of the fridge portioned off for this along with Duvel, La Chouffe, Orval, Gueuze (which is a type of beer I know), Gulden Draak, and Little Creatures Pale Ale (had to have an Australian beer somewhere)... however the price! I'm not a millionaire, although I should be - I have millionaire tastes, however at this stage I can only dream of affording this quirky but tasty ale on a regular basis... those are some mighty fine dreams right there.
Food match: Japanese food + Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale = Brain Sensory Awesomeness Overload (or BSAO for short). Specifically a Yakiniku rice burger would be ace with this brew.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 17:14:08 | More by doktorhops
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