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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi dark brown color, almost red at times with a thick and dense off white head and a thin lacing around the glass.
Smell: Caramel, light strawberry and mildly earthy, the aroma overall is very light.
Taste: Earthy, light caramel as it hits the back of your throat, there is a slightly tart flavor, but it’s not offensive.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, medium bodied and full of carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: Interesting, not quite your typical Belgian strong pale ale, but well worth the time and money- I think I only paid a dollar for this bottle! The flavor was unique and well balanced.

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Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of particles floating around in the beer, reviews corroborate this is normal even though it freaks me out a bit. Has a much lighter, strawberry taste than what I usually associate with belgian strong ales. Very crisp. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Unique, I'm not disappointed even though it's not my style. Recommend dumping the final sip of the glass since the sediment settles.

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Photo of Flickerdart
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Pours a rich amber with a thick creamy head that leaves behind a little bit of lacing as it subsides. Beer is cloudy and nearly opaque.

Smell is barely there, sort of a peachy sweetness with a hint of alcohol. It's not offensive, but it's not exciting either.

Taste is malty, with hints of peach and perhaps gingerbread. There is a faint caramel aftertaste. It's definitely a Belgian style beer!

The body is very medium. Not much to say about it. Carbonation is light, but it doesn't feel watery or thin.

Overall - I bought this beer to satisfy my curiosity, and it's been satisfied. I wouldn't seek it out again, but if I'm at a Japanese restaurant that serves this alongside Asahi and Kirin, I'd go for this every time.

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Photo of drmeto
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-pours a cloudy rose-red with a medium,foamy,white head
-big particle floaties
-medium to high carbonation visible
-earthy,red potatoes,slightly spicy,grainy,caramel
-strawberries,grainy,cooked potatoes,cooked rice,caramel,dates
-clean finish
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Very unique, but not quite to my taste.

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Photo of bluzz
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It tastes like beer with sake in it. It's not actually red. I don't like sake but it's drinkable. If you like sake and beer it's probably a good pick.

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Photo of topofthehops
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this at a sushi joint I'd never tried. Ordered it before I looked it up on BA. That was a mistake, because I had no idea it was Belgian style. I do not like Belgian yeast. I always feel like a heathen saying that, but it's true. So I won't be ordering this again, despite there being plenty to like. I ignored the Belgian thing with my rating. If you like that style you'll probably enjoy this. Regardless, it still beats Sapporo and Asahi, which is usually the only beer you find at places like this!

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Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber maybe reddish color with a one finger fluffy head with short retention.
Predominant aroma with notes of strawberries, malt sweetness, sake and some mild smoke that later went away.
Flavor with clear notes of strawberry bubblegum, sake, banana, spicy hops, hint of cinnamon, tea with peaches and some sugar.
Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well hidden; it just helps to complement the sake flavor.
Interesting and unique Strong Pale Ale with clear strawberry and sake notes. Worth trying.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good, not great. Tastes more like an amber AAL than a Belgian Pale Ale. The ABV is hidden too well, it is almost scary to see the 7% ABV. There is no way to tell this, except to look at the label, so watch out. Flavors of grain, rice, and slight roasted notes come forth. This is very drinkable.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of m0ntels
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing color, very bubbly, and unique flavor from the red rice. Mouthfeel more like a soda. While I was glad I tried it, it's just not really what I'm looking for other than it being unusual.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours Hazy pink grapefruit big off-white not so firm head. Aroma sweet caramel, strawberry yogurt. Taste sweet strawberry, caramel candy-fruity, low bitterness. Medium- bodied and carbonation very different but very nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and unidentifiable light fruit and yeast. Flavor is sweet malt and mixed light fruits, hint of citrus and a light bitterness in the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A uniquely flavored light ale with well balanced malt and fruit oriented flavors mildly reminiscent of Sake. Not getting much Belgian character. I don't expect flavor from rice, but expect that the pleasant light flavors are from the red rice used in brewing this. If so, it fits well with the malt. I tried this with a group of friends and this was well received by all. Much better than my expectation for an ale with "rice" in the name, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer. It has a unique taste, which must come from the red rice it's brewed with. Would drink more if it wasn't so expensive. This is more of a treat type of beer.

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Photo of Marc280
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, coppery colour that with minimal head. No real lacing and a small head that fades quickly. S: the smells I get are mostly strawberry and maybe a bit of peach?? No real hops notes that I could detect. T: I really like the taste. It has a slightly fruity sweetness that is balanced with a good maltiness. F: Light and quite carbonated. O: Something that is very different to most other beers I've tasted. I like it and would ddefinitely buy again.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- very small head that dissipated quickly
-very fruity smell with a hop and sake notes, very mellow though
- smooth and fruity berry fruits and a light sake rice taste
- a little over carbonated but balanced apart from that
-overall a good experience a good take on a classic

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a cloudy, coppery gold with a minimal head. No lacing. Kind of peachy colored in a way.

S: Peaches right off that go into strawberry and Sake-tinged malt. No hops at the nose.

T: Fruity/grainy notes out of the gate that lead into a medicinal hit at the back of the throat. Bit of brown rice notes in there, too. Very unusual.

F: Light and not too bubbly.

O: A really unusual and addictive brew that I'll probably put in my rotation of staples.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, floral, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, yeast, and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an odd medicinal quality in the taste that makes this one a bit difficult to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hitachino Nest Red Rice has a very thick, off-white, crackly head, a hazy, red-gold appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is an odd combination of smoke, strawberry juice, bread, sweetness, and boiled rice. Taste is of fairly heavy smoke (rauchbier?), some strawberry, white bread, semi-burned popcorn kernel, head shop incense, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale finishes not so dry and highly gulp-able.


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bronze colour with a thick creamy head of foam. A grassy hop smell. Taste is of grain and a nondescript bitterness that does remind me of grass but more of an earthiness going on. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Good.

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Photo of SquizzleBop
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma- Has a nice strong rice and grain aroma with a nice backdrop of sweetness Appearance – This is a yellow slightly foggy body with a full head. Taste- – Excellent rice flavored beer. One of the best I have had Palate-– Medium bodied brew with a thin texture and an average carbonation Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had. this is a great find if you can get it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle code RR.13.07 - poured into a balloon)

A: super (smog) cloudy, strawberry juice hue... initial whipped egg-white foam recedes quickly into a sticky surface film, thin, bubbly collar

S: powdery, baseball-card bubble gum... Turkish Delight, candied/crystallized watermelon... rice paper candy... perhaps a faint pink grapefruit fragrance... as far as beers go, quite unique! - un-beerlike, for sure...

T: very much like the aromas - I've had this a few times, though, where it's not all nearly as starchy as it seems here... close to but maybe not quite a cross between passion fruit and papaya, though without any sweetness - not a ton of bitterness either - a weakly acidic showing in the finish...

M: sort of a frothy, airy, finely-whipped texture - vaguely reminiscent of the whipped foam atop cappuccino... bit of a nectar-like pull beneath the sudsy wash... pretty damn dry... touch of gummy, citrus juice lip-smacky-ness in the aftertaste

O: this is it! - excellent accompaniment for sushi... this was an outlier - this is usually a bit more sparkling and crisp, but still nectary - more vibrant fruitiness... always a treat though - definitely worth checking out if you've never had it

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange red amber with a nice white head. Has a great aroma. Lots of dark sediment (which I assume is the red rice). This is a living beer! What is so great is that the bubbles continuously move the rice particles around. Cool! Nice slightly sweet smell. Good taste with the slightest of sweetness at the backend due to the rice. Very easy beer to drink and lots of substance.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slighty browned rose pink, not unlike Shloer. Pretty good un-uniform off-white head.

S: Strawberry and fudge with yeasty peppiness. Again, Shloer.

T: Yup, Shloer. But more strawberry than rasberry. Actually there's a weird oily flavour that you find in cheap wine but it's only apparent in the first sip. While dry and a bit Alka-Seltzer like, it does have quite a nice fruitiness. There's also a slight touch of pepper. Not quite as piquant as it could probably be.

M: Light and delicate. Could perhaps use a little more fizz to boost the flavour profile.

O: I was anticipating a sake tasting beer but this is nothing of the sort. It is, however, quite interesting and I think it's quirky beers like this that are going to put Japan on the craft beer map instead of their middle of the road faux American stuff.

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