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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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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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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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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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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A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a bit out of date.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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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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