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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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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

A - One finger of white head on a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast and pilsner malt. Some minor fruity notes and spicy alcohol.

T - Musty european hops and some peppery yeast up front. More hop flavor with apple notes in the middle. The finish displays some malt character along with more musty hops and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Kind of weak. The flavors are muddy and there is nothing that jumps out to make the beer interesting. Not an awful beer, just kind of bland and certainly not up to Kiuchi Brewery's normal standards.

07-06-2009 03:03:02 | More by nickfl
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 720ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish color with even a pink hue to it. Never seen a color like it for a beer.

S: Cooked rice, some light fruit.

T: One of the most unique beers I've ever had. Starchy red rice flavors dominate. Some light fruit. Some yeast. A bit nutty.

M: Full bodied, a bit viscous.

D: A very unique beer. Give it a try with sushi.

06-26-2009 03:49:34 | More by willjschmidt
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Wow! This is a great beer of course I haven't tried that many rice beers but it definitely makes me want to find more. This reddish orange beer poured out with a decent amount a finger and half of foam and reduced to wisps of lacing. The floweral, hoppy, and malt beer is a good balance of characteristics. The taste is an amazing sensation of floweral, bit of colander peaking through and taste of rice.

06-11-2009 05:40:45 | More by Tolnik
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2.38/5  rDev -35.7%

11.2 onz amber bottle with 7%

A: Bone white head and a mix between orange and amber color

S: Kind of cooked vegetables and soy sauce

T: Bitter sweet taste,not crisp , the taste of red rice is like veggies

M: Carbonated, bitter and not smooth

Drinkability: Different beer, good to try something new

06-07-2009 03:07:03 | More by BeerDreadz
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a goblet

A - Poured a hazy dark copper color. With a 1 in head that was pretty dense and retained well. Lots of lacing.

S - Fruit hints immediately with some citrusy aspects to it. Berries of different kinds mostly raspberries and strawberries as well. Sweet, fruity and appealing. Alcohol is also present in the nose.

T - Wow! very different taste. Strawberries up front then hints of citrusy grapefruit and some grape/sparkling wine hints. Alcohol is noticeable but well balanced with the sweetness. Almost no hints of grainy mats that I could tell but a crisp dry hop finish at the end.

M - Oily and creamy feels very full in the mouth. Crisp. Carbonation is very present but its well balanced.

D - Refreshing and drinkable but definitely a different tasting beer in my book. Personally I wouldnt have more than 2, just because I enjoy more traditional tasting beers.

05-29-2009 21:09:38 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

belgian strong what?

a: grapefruit color, little cloudy, little head or lacing, some bubblies
s: different -- light bread and herbal aromas mixed with sweet candy
t: starts with fruity sweetness followed quickly/oddly with metallic / medicinal taste, faint alcohol finish
m: light to medium body, fizzy
d: this was a very different beer with some interesting appearance and flavor, but the metallic flavor was too much; still worth a try

05-13-2009 05:09:19 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a pale-ish yellow-orange with light frothy head. Next to no lacing, tiny bubbles.

Smells sweet, but a slightly savory sweet, like really sugary ketchup. Sharp fruit smells, intense banana, some spice. Curiously, the more it warms the more prominent the ketchup smell becomes.

It's got a bite in the taste, feels sharp on the tongue. The same sugary presence is in the taste, but the finish reveals a sour note that gives it a little more depth. For some reason I'm getting a taste of sweet onions, too. Interesting, there's some stuff in here that I'm not used to, & I kind of enjoy it. Gets more sour with each sip.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden, & there are a lot of "light" tastes in here. That sharpness on the tongue, plus the novely of flavors & high sugar presence makes me think I couldn't down too many of these. This is an interesting & complex brew, with something new to offer.

04-09-2009 23:43:40 | More by OneDropSoup
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Appearance is orange-red with a 2-finger foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is earthy with yeast, sticky rice, spicy tropical fruits, and bubblegum. The taste is rather subdued--alcohol esters with faint tropical fruits, earthy spices & sweet malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, as it should be but doesn't burn.

This is an interesting beer. The color is off for a belgian strong pale, but it's unique composition explains that. Very drinkable, but watch the ABV.

04-08-2009 03:36:00 | More by theghost3
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Right off the bat this beer hits you with a unique taste that I wasn't necessarily fond of to begin with, but really grew to enjoy. I had a bottle of this at Samurai Restaurant in Brooklyn. It was an opaque orange with a somewhat pink tint to it...very unique. Good head. Fruity scent to it, but mild.

It has a strawberry and peach flavor to it that I've never really had before. Quite unique and well worth a try.

03-13-2009 22:42:13 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%


Pours a transparent and slightly hazed pale golden orange yellow color with a small white head that leaves some soapy sticking. Slightly sour in the nose, a little bit of grapefruit, musty melon, peaches and possibly some funk. Fruity with a pretty unique malt structure due in fact, im sure, to the rice used in the brewing process. Interesting beer nonetheless, just enough bitterness, a little bit of sour/acidity, lemon and grapefruit skin and tart hard candy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. This ones complex enough to keep me very interested.

03-01-2009 22:24:11 | More by ATPete
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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

330ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - a orange hazy colour is poured into the glass, quite unexpected: not pale in my mind. but there is a nice bright white head with good lacing and retention that makes up for the unappealing color. NB: there are the black chunkies that look like tea leaves, I do not know if this is some kind of weird yeast or just an ingredient

S - a sweet rice like flavour or something like sweet tamagoyaki. an earthy yeast is complemented by again a sweet acidity, like berries.

T - a nice light beer with almost not hint of the alcohol in it. there is a slight sweet malt flavour, that is dominated by the uncannily smooth flavour of the rice, making it a bit dry. the finish has a small burst of fruit: pear and strawberry sweetness and some spicy notes hit the back of the mouth. the after taste is very sweet and has a nice dryness from the rice, I take it. The sake influence is most definetly there, much like their Asamurasaki, light and with a berry spritz (the beer, however, does not come in a kick ass barrel, like you see Toshiro Mifune walking around with in Kurosawa's movies).

MF&D the feel is great, carbonated, yet heavy enough to convey enough flavour to satisfy even the most discerning belgian connoisseurs (hopefully, since I really like this beer). the drink is great, something I could have for breakfast lunch dinner and more. the only thing holding the feel back imo is it is a bit too piercing and crisp, the carbonation should be bigger.

02-06-2009 18:25:47 | More by erz316
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Bought a single of this for about $4.50

Ive gotta admit, the interesting label is what caught my eye about this one and made me purchase it. Pours a pinkish/tan color.. one of the oddest colored beers I might have ever poured. Heavily carbonated, maybe a bit too much.. some fruity flavors are definitely tastes as well, raspberry/strawberry like to be specific. Has a tart taste as well and finishes very dry. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before. Hides the ABV pretty well too and is pretty drinkable. Glad I tried it, but I would never get this again especially for the price tag.. gotta love the different beers across the globe.

01-29-2009 23:14:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

Pour: 330 mL bottle to Duvel tulip. Pour starts out clear gold, but as soon as the yeast at the bottom of the bottle splashes in, the beer attains an attractive grapefruit-tinged goldenrod color. The head is modest and pure white. Retention and lacing are average.

Nose: Strawberry candy, artificial sweetener, melting plastic, citrus, and wheat. Intriguing but ultimately weird and 'off.'

Mouth: Flavor is citrusy with some mild berry notes, some peppery spicing, and an earthy finish with a light bitterness. Carbonation is a bit coarse and there's a bit too much of it. Body is just about right; not too delicate and not too heavy. Finish is dry from astringency. Interesting beer but not something I'm going to revisit.

01-24-2009 07:10:39 | More by illidurit
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

From a 11.2 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is a little green appley and a little yeast. Pale yellow gold that is a little cloudy with some yeast from the bottle. Big foamy white head that has staying power. Flavor is fruity with more apples and yeast. Bread dough malt flavors. Rice character comes through in the finish and keep the beer very dry. High carbonation. This would be a refreshing summer beer.

01-22-2009 07:58:55 | More by Brewsmith
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured a bottle fot his into a shaker glass

A:Pours a hazy, grapefruit-pink body colored body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of sweet malts with hints of a bittersweet, citrus note.

T: A kind of sweet malt taste with some alcoholic notes. Kind of a grainy, sweet aftertaste with a rice/carbohydrate taste.

M: Pretty high carbonation and still fairly light.

D: An ok mouthfeel and taste combination, but the mouthfeel could have used a little bit more work. For a beer of such high ABV, I was expecting a bit smoother mouthfeel.

12-26-2008 23:51:23 | More by maddogruss
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1.55/5  rDev -58.1%

This was different from what I expected and really quite dreadful, in a manner that makes me wonder if the bottle was bad.
It looked and tasted rather like a bad Belgian ale or Burton Bridge Empire IPA.

Cloudy pale amber with faint brownish hints, it had a medium white head slowly shrinking to a thin foamy-wispy top and ring. It had some sudsy lace.

The aroma is yeasty pear with hints of banana and dried apricot, definitely a bit Belgian, overall somewhat like a stronger witbier or golden ale.

The taste is rather similar but worse, yeasty sourt, bitter with shrap, sulphury dried apricots, rancid pears, and old bananas, a little straight cooked grain in the finish and unpleasant bitter after taste with sour metallic hint. It's very dry and sharp.

12-17-2008 18:29:39 | More by Offa
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

The second of my tastings from this brewery.

This beer pours a very spritzer like head at first which went away to a ring of bubbles around the glass. The body is pretty yellow and cloudy.

Nose is rather funny. Yeast and earth and almost like iodine or medicine.

Taste is more along the lines of the other Belgian pale ales. This one is tart fruit with some hops which leads to another different mouth feel but not a bad mouth feel.

Drinkability is great. You would never guess this is 8.5%

12-15-2008 03:27:36 | More by daledeee
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

After years of looking at this beer on various shelves, my curiosity got the better of me and I gave it a try.

A- It pours with a wonderful, pink-light cranberry body with 1 finger of greyish head. The head slowly drops to a full lace leaving webs of sticky rings down the side of the glass.

S- At first sniff, it had a very champagne-like, earthy/musty/yeasty aroma (all meant in the most pleasant of terms). On further inspection, I picked up sweet, berry-like tones (raspberry with a touch of blueberry perhaps?).

T- More of the yeasty notes from the aroma are present in the flavor. There were some light, earthy hops and berry flavors in the background. There was also a touch of peppery, spiciness that I assume was provided by the yeast. It had a very clean, dry finish (much as a dryish champagne) that gave some characteristics of green apple.

M- It had a soft feel with a delicate, yet fully carbonated body. There was a slight warming sensation from the alcohol and a totally, bone-dry finish.

D- It's such an intriguing beer. I'm not necessarily going to have a ton in a single sitting, and cost makes it more of a celebratory beer. That said, I want more!!!

Overall- This is a great combination of traditional traits, as well as, an innovative take on ingredients. I was a little weary going into this beer. Was it worth $4.50ish for a single? It definitely exceeded my expectations. This will be a nice splurge beer in the future.

12-14-2008 22:16:56 | More by GRPunk
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

I always thought this was a gimmick, a red rice ale from Japan, so I never picked it up. Until recently, I didn't know this brewery had been so highly-acclaimed.

A - Brilliant red color. White head, but the underlying red makes it look pink. Good retention.

S - Maybe my nose is bad, but it smells downright ordinary.

T, F - A nuanced, well-crafted beer. Very crisp, as beers made with rice would tend to be. Slightly sweet, tied up by some light hop bitterness.

D - Yeah, it's made with rice, but this ain't Budweiser. Give it a try.

12-11-2008 19:32:12 | More by Patrick999
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a beautiful ruby-orange color, big frothy 2 finger off white head.

S: Fresh rice on nose with some smokey hints.

T: Flavor is sweet caramel and rice to start with a nice smokiness throughout. Leaves a slight smokey lacing on the tongue with some earthy hops. Some sour malt upon warming.

M: good for a rice beer, crisp with a moderate body, some malt creaminess.

D: Gets points for uniqueness and style. Overall a solid good beer decent drinkability.

11-29-2008 17:14:42 | More by beerthulhu
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2.7/5  rDev -27%

Reddish brown color, a little soapy and thin in appearance. Ring of lacy head doesn't do much for me. Strange way to start a pale ale.

Sweet aroma of grains, a hint of lactic sourness, and a rather pronounced adjunct note.

Taste of vanilla extract, with overtones of fermentation and funk. The aftertaste is acidic, and the whole thing is quite thin.

On tap this tasted like carbonated vanilla syrup. I left about half the glass.

11-16-2008 17:16:34 | More by BretSikkink
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Nose is peculiar. Odd fruitiness, dry toasty perhaps graininess. Cream soda roasted sugar hints.

Pours deep straw to gold, near-perfect clarity, mild fizzy head. 2nd poor brought on some yeast and little black specs of something. No more clarity, this is almost scary looking.

First sip is every bit as strange as the nose would have you think. Sweet and malty, kind of. Unusual fruit - sour and tart with creamy almost-savory notes. It does remind me of a chewy Sake. Medium-thin body with in-your-face soda carbonation. Tart floral hop-like flavors. Kind of earthy. Crisp and dry, an effect of the rice I suppose. Mildly bitter.

I would be definitely down with getting this at a Japanese restaurant. It seems like it would pair nicely with Eastern cuisine. Always nice to stretch my palate on some new and different flavors.

11-11-2008 00:43:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -30.3%

this pours a beatuful red color with four fingers of head that disapers fast, now that we have talked about what i liked, we will discuss what i dislike. the taste is dry and tastes of soap and a sour mash. thieir also is a bitter ans spicy taste left in my mouth that tingels my toung and not in a good way. all i can think is that i am chuging dish soap liquid, i hate this one and will never drink this one agan. i let this warm and it started tasting like dirt. this is almost as bad as it gets

10-28-2008 09:11:39 | More by orcasteve
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4.55/5  rDev +23%

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!

10-07-2008 14:46:20 | More by UPtheHAMMERS
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Cloudy. Orange/Golden. Little sediment on the bottom.
Smell: The first time I had this beer I smelled a sweet orange, floralness. After a friend asked me to think of olives - that's all I could smell. Absolutely smells like a can of green olives. Which doesn't sound as appealing to me - but I still liked it.
Taste: Skunky sweet. Hints of orange and lemon. Like a Japanese Hefeweisen.
Mouthfeel: Smooth. Very drinkable.
ABV: 8.5%
Serving Type: Bottle poured in glass.

I had this beer recently for the first time at Umami in San Francisco. One of my absolute favorite Japanese restaurants in the city. Always looking to try new beers - our server sold me on this "trendy" Red Rice Ale. Uh...red rice? Sounded interesting. I smelled hints of vanilla, and orange - and absolutely loved this beer. So - I thought I'd give it a proper review. Upon a second, more concentrated and semi-unbiased review. I still enjoyed it, though maybe not as much. A friend of mine nailed the smell of a jar of green olives. Which doesn't sound appetizing - but if you can get past this, you may still enjoy this beer. I'd compare it to a Japanese version of a Hefeweisen. Definitely worth drinking. Was a nice accompaniment to sushi. Enjoy...

10-02-2008 06:30:28 | More by SFRider
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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