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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

533 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +35.5%

02-13-2012 15:16:32 | More by lommym
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Daemose

Texas

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orangish red, with slightly pinkish tinted white foam head. Very fine bubbles, not like the sudsy looking Saison and IPA heads.

Smell: Similar to taste.

Taste: This beer is awesome. It tastes like meringue, strawberry meringue. Especially those meringue "cookies" that are really just dehydrated meringue. That or astronaut ice cream. Its sweet, with a rice/marshmallow flavor profile that's out of this world. There is a little sake character to it as well, from the rice, which goes hand in hand with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation.

Overall: This beer was so good I went out and bought a case from D&Q in Houston.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 18:03:50 | More by Daemose
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KaiTheCon

Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.5%

02-18-2012 18:07:14 | More by KaiTheCon
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Yehuda

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

01-29-2014 06:35:36 | More by Yehuda
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Lamdawg420

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

08-28-2013 04:53:04 | More by Lamdawg420
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omgwtflol

California

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

01-10-2013 08:16:51 | More by omgwtflol
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

06-17-2013 11:07:25 | More by Wsherry1
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Swedgin_Wu

Florida

4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
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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Maudite

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these from the City Beer Store (SF). I had seen it at Whole Foods before, thought I'd give it a shot. Not much a fan of rice beers...

A= Surprisingly pink, bubbly, almost like a rose champagne. Got me excited
S= Sweet smelling, very earthy and hard to pinpoint any specifics. I think I was just too jazzed.
T= tastes like the appearance would make you think... almost geuze-like... champagney, slightly citrusy, mildly floral, tangy...like an organic soda, perhaps... definitely a dessert or aperitif beer.
M=Very bubbly, slightly biting, crisp, fills the gills and then washes away, leaves the mouth dry and refreshed feeling. Try it with a cheese plate.
D= If you luck out and get a small bottle like me, I'd say have a second, perhaps a third if you're dining with friends or something. Stick with one if you get the big Whole Foods bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 19:52:20 | More by Maudite
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UPtheHAMMERS

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The owner at Vineyards Elite suggested I try this, and thank you man. You hit the target with this brew!

Complex flavors reminiscent of sake, intermingle with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of rice, malt and bitter notes in the finish.

World class, have to try the other Hitachino they have in thier cooler box!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 14:46:20 | More by UPtheHAMMERS
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%
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Poured into a tulip glass from small bottle. A nice hazy golden color.

This beer has a pleasant and mild aroma,like banannas and toffee.

More toffee and fruitiness in the flavor and it is very well balanced and easy to drink.

This has everything I love in a belgian beer. I am not good with adjectives but this beer has what I like.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.