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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
84
good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of mizx
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

mizx, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mcsauter82, May 10, 2014
Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ConradKenney, May 05, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Bouleboubier, May 02, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Richardbeerlover, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of geryeb624
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

geryeb624, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ironchefmiyagi13, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of squezey
3/5  rDev -18.9%

squezey, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of hopmandu
4/5  rDev +8.1%

hopmandu, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

JamLand, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

vhmf1978, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tbryan5, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

adityashekhar, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Mar 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

thegerm87, Mar 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

sblanton83, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

KeeganRohovich, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked RR.13.09 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of phenolic compounds
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor, occasional small island
Body orange, cloudy with visible particles and floaters, sediment in bottle
Flavor unremarkable, lightly sweet with phenolics from yeast. Ends slightly sweet, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Body medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

Very mundane version of Belgium pale ale. Meets the basic description but nothing special, unless you consider that it’s made with red rice.

Ozzylizard, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkenMonk, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

nu38, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jasoncpace, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of levineju
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12oz. single stub bottle from Whole Foods for a guilty $6.50. Worth it? Let's see...

A - deep, tangerine colored cider. Very opaque. Initially yielded quite a bit of cream colored head that collapsed quickly and never returned. No lacing retained as it goes down.

S - sweet and bright, with notes of citrus candy; grapefruit; quite a bit of malt that intensifies as it sits.

T - comes across very Belgian, which this Japanese brewery is known for employing, but there is a uniqueness that I can't quite place; light, zippy, with good malt and citrus brightness throughout. Pure rice grain is noticeable on the exhale.

M - a little sharp at first, with some decent carbonation. It mellows out a bit once the volatiles escape. There's a bit of carb-y film that retains in the mouth throughout the sampling.

O - Very unique; a curious beer for the curiously minded.

levineju, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Andy_Luft, Feb 23, 2014
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.