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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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529 Ratings

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 19:34:55 | More by mophie
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 16:12:26 | More by putnam
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 14:31:04 | More by Jason
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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