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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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87
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 08-13-2010

"HITACHINO NEST BEER is a brand of our quality top-fermented ales. Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 6.5%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".
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Photo of yancot
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benesi88
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ahalset
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avwrite
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%

I was expecting a darker beer, but it was definetly interesting. It came out almost like a Japanese IPA. Bitterness was there, but nothing compared to what's in the states. Color is a dark amber, no hint of sweetness, good hoppy taste.

Photo of TallNerdGuy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

1 pint bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Color is a somewhat unusual dark orange, cloudy and topped with a small but persistent amount of white head, around a quarter of an inch. Aroma is unique, full of Sorachi Ace notes (citrus rind, mostly lemon, pineapple, bubblegum, dill) and fruity yeast esters along with a moderate dose of butterscotch-like diacetyl. These fruity and herbal characters translate well on the palate. Quite sweet but with a strong underlying woody and herbal character as well. I am tempted to compare this to a Belgian brew with regards to yeast. There is ample pineapple, clove and coriander spice, citrus, strawberry and a little raspberry, and dried apple/pear flavor with the Sorachi hops (presumably) adding some subtle perfumed lychee fruit that I did not get on the nose. Malts are subdued in favor of the yeast and hops. Moderate to thick body, quite highly carbonated, smooth and drinkable but with a woody bite in the semi-dry finish. One simply cannot escape the Belgian yeast character, which manages to overshadow the malts and distinctive Sorachi hops, although the latter do add their own unique flourishes. Is this really made with lager yeast? If not, how is this beer an imperial pilsener? In any event, another offering from this brewery that offers some unique flavors and that defies any real attempts at categorization.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey, CHI - bottle code NI.13.10 - poured into a balloon)

A: fairly clear, orange gold in color... good inch of frothy foam on the pour, falls quick, leaving a thin cap and island of medium-sized bubbles

S: (by now) classic Hitachino fruity yeast profile... not much in the way out front of quintessential Sorachi Ace aromas, maybe a faint trace in the back... fresh 8.5"x11" printer paper... juicy pineapple, orange/lemon zest

T: quite faded Sorachi on the edges... mild spicy bitterness, faint peppery notes in the back... mellow attack of flavors but, nevertheless, vibrant essences of citrus peel... not getting much discernible malt flavor or sweetness - any sweetness, and there's not a ton, seems to be hop/yeast derived - this is fairly dry (and old)

M: smooth and slightly rounded up top, kind of flat with light friction across the tongue on the bottom... what I've come to expect from an age-ed HN

O: other than marketing, I don't understand why you would feature an indigenous malt and hide its potential unique nuances with such distinct yeast characteristics and Sorachi Ace hops on top of that - this ends up tasting like the lot of their light-colored beers (not that that's a bad thing!)... drinking yet another one of these just convinces me that I have to trade for fresher West Coast bottles or visit this place

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheFoodAlchemist
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark gold but just a tiny bit of lacing and not really any head at all.

The Sorachi Ace hops are quite powerful in the aroma and there is also a slight earthy/oaky character. I'm assuming this is from the hops as well. Pretty intersting.

The flavor has a lot more complexity than I was expecting. That same dank/citrus hop note along with a stronger note of oak and vanilla; almost like this was wood aged. Not clean at all like a pilsner but more like an aged ale. Moderate bitterness and a pretty clean finish.

Overall, this is a very intersting beer. The wood/vanilla notes are unique and I love Sorachi Ace hops. A different, but well put together beer.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked NI.13.03 at 44 degrees into pilsner glass
Aroma of a weiss/hefeweizen; phenolic, slight coriander
Head large (5 cm), white, creamy, mostly quickly diminishing into 3 mm layer
Lacing good – partial ring of small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins like a weak slightly sweet weiss with more citrus than coriander flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hop bitterness found. Flavor ends quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

An odd take on a pilsner – not clean and crisp but a more complicated flavor, probably from the Sorachi Ace hops. To me, this has more characteristics of a hefeweizen/weissbier than a pilsner. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting from a pilsner.

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of potion
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - hay-colored body, light two finger head that sticks around. good heavy lacing.

s - pils malts, sorachi hops creaminess

t - tastes significantly different. creamy bread in the front, pils malts in the back. I picked up a raw salmon taste. not fishy, just subtly like sashimi

m - medium bitterness, watery, astringent carbonation

o - a good pilsner (imperial) overall. I enjoyed the creaminess of it, while still being crisp. easy to drink.

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden orange amber color. Not much of a head. Has a nice fresh citrusy smell. Tastes pretty good. Combination of malty sweet with some tiny bit of bitterness. Very balanced between the citrus and the hop. Not a heavy beer but refreshing. Nice beer.

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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.