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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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544 Ratings

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a hazy bright nectarine color, red hued. Palish head, not much height or duration. Just a few dots in the lacing department. Sweet aroma, vaguely cherry with a light yeast tone. Pale in flavor and body, barest grape and some wandering cloviness. Aggressively carbonated, too spritzy for my tastes. Bitters at the close, good sense of dryness. Attractive, nice finish, this is just not the kind of beer that strikes me that well.

Source: Liquid Solutions

03-26-2004 15:43:40 | More by ADR
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a cloudy red-tan with a two finger pillowy off white head.
Very fragrant, sweet, fruity, brown rice and apple notes.
Very fruity taste, sweet, strawberries, apple. Can't pick up the ABV in the taste or aroma.
Light feel, nicely crisp, surprising given the sweet taste.
Good drinkability, very clean. Not hugely complicated, but nothing I could pick out as being wrong, nice to see rice used for once in a good way. It's here to improve the beer and make it unique.

03-23-2004 22:53:53 | More by mschofield
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3.23/5  rDev -12.7%

This was an interesting brew. The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with a pinkish hue in the foam. The combination of prune juice and seltzer water came to mind. The foam quickly dissipates. The aroma definitely has a rice or bean aroma. The mouthfeel was a bit thin with effervescent carbonation. Rice flavor with just a bit of fruity sweetness plus some sour notes that finished with a slight alcohol aftertaste. I have enjoyed some other offerings from this brewery but I don’t believe I will be trying this one again anytime soon.

03-19-2004 02:59:28 | More by Plughfish
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a cloudy red brew, it looked like it was pink when I was pouring it. I don't think I am going nuts, the head has a pinkish tinge to it.

Smells tart and like jasmine rice in a Japanese Rice Cooker. This has a lambic barn funk to the smell.

Taste is sweet with no trace of sour taste. There is a strong perfume flavor to this. There is a strange strawberries and nuts flavor too. A mild bitterness kicks in after a while.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is hard to decide it is different. It is a must drink just because of how different this stuff is.

03-17-2004 04:36:53 | More by Zorro
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2.88/5  rDev -22.2%

Big tamarind character on this one maybe with some saffron. Unique and very evident of wild rice, but off-putting and offensive on its own. As one who loves sake, I can see where Hitachino is coming from with this and I think they've made something remarkably complex. Paired with sushi or any peanuty thai dish, this could be very special.

02-02-2004 00:20:43 | More by ngandhi
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1.98/5  rDev -46.5%

Not a good beer. I have no problem with a tart beer, even a sour beer, when that is appropriate, but here my impression was a wheat beer with a good measure of green olive juice tossed in. The beer had an odd, acidic backdrop to the flavor that reminded me of something cured in brine. I like a "dirty" martini with a bit of olive juice, but the flavor turning up in beer was not pleasant. I thought perhaps it would grow on me, and I gave the beer every chance, but in the end it was a sink dump. Perhaps this is one of those love-it-or-hate-it beers. I fall in the latter category.

10-22-2003 02:55:17 | More by Brent
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4.47/5  rDev +20.8%

This is one odd and very unique drink-in a deliciously good way. As the finish from my last sip lingers on and on an on, I have to ruminate rather deeply about what to say here. The color is much that of a framboise-hazy blonde ale color, yet with a raspberry tinge. The head is sushi rice color and sticks to the glass rather well. The aromatics are lovely, clean and fresh with the delicate fruitines one finds in fine sake. The rice gives off an almost tapioca like odor with some vanilla, melon, faint strawberry and definate sake flavors. The alcohol is at once warming, yet the beer is wonderfully refreshing at the same time. Again, like the white ale this beer screams out for food, and I'm talking Japanese food. The beer actually reminds me of the flavors redolent of sushi. I can taste clean rice flavors and even a meaty/fishy flavor, almost tuna like. This is really fun to drink and I'm now planning my meal to accompany this fine beverage. Bravo!!

09-06-2003 01:56:39 | More by moulefrite
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is malty and yeasty, kind of champagne like. It's a cross between a pilsner and sake. Somewhat sweet, somewhat sour. There is a subtle hoppyness that builds on the palate. Light a refreshing. Carbonation is also champagne like, lots of small quickly disappearing bubbles. Interesting beer. Has a definite rice-like taste to it, but in a good way, not at all like Bud etc. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Hides the 7 % alcohol well. I like it when brewers take chances with their beers. Very different and worth trying.

08-23-2003 00:56:44 | More by beerguy101
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Another unusual offering from Kiuchi. Honey/Amber colored with a fast dissipating off-white head. The aroma is mildly reminiscent of cooked rice and white bread. The body is light and clean tasting. A mild hop taste mingles with a slight astringent fuminess. A seltzery effervescence remains throughout the glass. How do they do it? The 8.5% ABV is not noticeable in the flavor or aroma.

07-19-2003 02:51:55 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a bubbly white head that left some circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus and some floral aspects. A flavor of citrus, rice and some grain elements. The finish was sprite and somewhat sudsy. I really can place this beer style wise, so it is difficult to form a good feel/opinion for this beer.

07-08-2003 19:54:52 | More by Wildman
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

11.2 oz brown bottle, capped. No date. ($3.50 per bottle)

This ale poured a hazy, light straw color, with tall, fluffy, persistent foam that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell was initially reminscent of sake with hints of lactic acid and malt sweetness and a bit of hops and some grapes. The initial flavor was very tart, almost sour, but after a few drinks I became accustomed to it, and it reminded me of a sour lambic, in that regard. Over flavors detected: a vinous taste, slightly musty, floral hops, malt. The mouthfeel was initially tart with a good bit of hops in the finish. The body was medium-light with modest carbonation feel. Surprisingly, I would have never guessed that this ale was 8.5% abv. This ale was quite drinkable and really grew on me as I sipped it. An interesting and unusual ale from Japan.

06-07-2003 19:01:24 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Red Rice Ale poured a hazy, almost semi-opaque, golden/pink with a white frothy head that clung to the sides of the glass. The aroma was lightly sweet berries with some grain and alcohol notes. Aromatic rice notes are definitely there. Taste starts with chardonnay flavors (light and crisp with earth tones) up front that quickly change to fruity notes of berries and passion fruit. This is followed by malt flavors that continue to grow and blend with lightly bitter grain flavors (wild rice or grass?). The finish is dry with the first hints of alcohol and some spicy hop flavors making an appearance. Aftertaste is mild Sake with just a hint of citrus with a very faint saltiness that ends as quick as it begins. Mouthfeel is medium body and crisp yet at the same time very filling.
Overall a nice change of pace ale. Intriguing little beer that packs lots of flavors and just a wee bit of alcohol (8.5%). Not an everyday brew for me but one I would buy again just for its difference.

05-20-2003 19:02:39 | More by purplehops
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2.68/5  rDev -27.6%

Transparent peach color with extremely active head, surprised at the lacing despite the soda like carbonation. There is very little aroma. The flavor is neither hoppy, malty, nor ricey. I do not get the hype. I do not think this is more than a gimmicky Budweiser (Bud use a lot of rice). Has an odd body odor flavor. Highly carbonated. Lame. I would not bother trying this again.

05-03-2003 19:29:21 | More by Naerhu
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Notes: apparantly this beer is available in a 720ml bottle as well as the standard 11.something oz one!

An interesting Beer that poured out a nice amber, reddish, peachy colour with a lot of fizz. This had a decent head on it and a very spicy aroma that went on and on. This tasted like a wonderful spiced belgian wit beer with a bit of a ricey(sake-like..)twang to it that is hard to describe. It also had a wonderful creamy and full mouthfeel. All these factors add up to give this beer a wonderfully high drinkability despite the fact that it is over 8%abv!
An excellent beer from this great Japanese brewery that never ceases to amaze me!

01-06-2003 08:06:57 | More by francisweizen
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3.33/5  rDev -10%

When poured I could see a sort of a hazy golden color with a medium head that dissapated after 30 seconds. The smell was different, but, pleasant. I don't know what rice beer smells like, but if this is what it is suppose to smell like, I like it. The taste was sort of a sweet/bitter nature with what seems like a hint of spice, rice and hops. This was a surprise beer for me. I would buy it again!

The second time around it had a bitter/sour finish on the tongue and palate. It poured a deep orange yellow with no difference in the foam as the first time. I have down graded this beer by one point, all around.

01-02-2003 12:55:20 | More by BeerManDan
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

What a funky little brew! Hazy golden/beige with a fluffy white head. As others have noted, the carbonation ensures that a nice, sticky lace stays around for the duration. What an odd aroma -- wild rice, a touch of tart fruitiness (strawberry, kiwi), more rice enveloping the aroma. Also something else in there -- green olives? -- which is strange and yet intriguing. Everything about the taste is subtle, yet also intriguing. First, there's a mild malt undertone that holds up the brew, with starchy, wild-rice flavors, creamy. Some medicinal flavors, intoxicating. Alcohol seems hardly there (which is Ninja-dangerous), except for the slight peppery finish, where I also noticed the closest resemblance to sake. This would have been perfect with my dinner tonight -- take-out from the local Japanese steakhouse. And oh yeah, the owl is very cool.

10-01-2002 19:34:55 | More by mophie
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

This beer has a froth that just won't quit, forming a spun-sugar white crust on the inside of the glass and persisting with an even white blanket over the hazy bronze, peach-colored liquid. The nose is not intense, smelling of sweet yeast, pear and apricot. The flavors are also mute, offering hints of wild rice, chestnut, and quince. There is a dusty, bitter grain flavor on the long, dry finish. More Gout d'Anglais than American style. Consider these scores very tentative. This is a beer that does not announce itself loudly. Instead it displays class, poise and mystery while it waits for one to learn about it. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Retasted 10-23. No change in scores. It's like a cross between a hefeweizen and a sparkling Vouvray or Prosecco.

09-12-2002 16:12:26 | More by putnam
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Odd golden beige hue with evident haze, real nice off white lace that stays for a while due to the active carbonation.

Smells of cooked wild rice, mild tartness, spicy sweet alcohol and earthy yeast.

Slightly viscous carbonation has bit of body to roll through. Tad slick in the mouth, crispness build as the spicy alcohol and sharp bitterness hit. Mild tartness middle to end, yeast tones soften the palate a little. Wild rice flavours throughout meld with the yeast and go both earthy and nutty. Alcoholic esters are only faintly fruity but quite warming. Finishes on the dry side.

This is one of those off the wall yet extremely interesting brews. Not something I’d buy all the time but for more of a treat or a conversational brew. Paired well with my tuna sushi roll.

08-28-2002 14:31:04 | More by Jason
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Presentation: Short, stubby 11.2oz brown bottle with that cute little owl on it. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a crazy cloudy golden with peach hues and a massive white lace that has a wierd pink hue to it. Head is creamy, foamy, sticky, clingy and retains pretty well too.

Smell: Smells of starch, bean, light strawberries, but no real hop or malt characters. Sake characters in the nose. Aroma is strange, but in a nice/wierd way.

Taste: Thin flavours of strawberries, large dose of a spicy medicinal alcohol that can be likened to sake (typical of rice brews). Slight bitterness around the edges; like kiwi fruit. Malt flavour is high, but the rice / starch flavours seem to take the foreground, and rightly so. Nice strong malt sweetness provides a smooth medium to full-body and nice balance. Loads of fruitiness in this beer too ... that all seems to mix with a flat Sprite-like flavour. Finish goes bitty on the palate and a bit dry. Alcohol fumes fill the mouth and nasal passage (sake all the way).

Notes: What an odd little beer. I love it! Who would have thunk to brew such an unusual little gem of a beer? The flavours are very unusual, to say the least. I also want more. Now.

Note: be respectful of this beer. It'll kick your ass with its unique type of alcohol and its content.

07-22-2002 17:53:00 | More by Todd
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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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