Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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4/5 rDev +8.1%
Crispy and sharp all the way through. Little sweet hint of the same type of rice you'd taste in a better Sake. Carbonation was present but not at all overwhelming. Really enjoyed the dry earthy after taste. I could easily put this down with a sushi roll and enjoy the complimenting flavorings. In a nutshell it like was a bastard child of a wheat or Sake and an ale, I had no problem giving it a home with me.
08-17-2014 02:38:35 | More by SquizzleBop
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
330 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.
Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper orange color with some vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Toasted malts, rice, fruity, a little alcohol, caramel, and toffee.
Taste: Nice creamy and silky malt characteristics. A little booze, fruitiness, and bitterness in the rear.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, silky, a little booze, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.
Overall: Not sure what to think of this beer. Good and interesting. I'll revisit this one again.
08-06-2014 21:50:50 | More by Flounder57
United Kingdom (England)
3.29/5 rDev -11.1%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York and then lost in a cupboard. The label states that it contains an ancient variety of red rice that gives it a pink tinge.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Maybe a very faint pink. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of husks, rice, fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and a touch of cardboard. Has a slight whiff of adjunct lager. Uneventful.
Tastes of husky malt with a prolonged dry finish. Notes of grainy malt, husks, mild rice, vaguely fruity yeast, stewed leaves, earthiness and a hint of harsh cardboard in the background. Perhaps a twinge of lurking alcohol. Highly attenuated, followed by a slightly acrid herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, earthy yeast and faint rice.
Hmmm - not brilliant. That said, the age of the bottle probably doesn't help. Looks OK if rather cloudy; the aroma and flavour are pretty lacklustre. Husky malt and stewed leaves are the main course. Body is alright and relatively thick. Drinkable but unexciting - it just doesn't have that much going for it. No need to seek it out.
07-30-2014 23:59:37 | More by jazzyjeff13
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.