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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by Richardbeerlover:
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color... thin looking brew, with large foamy head. Great head retention.

Smell of spice, clove, citrus...lemon peel... yeasty... slight lemon grass.... straw?

Taste is slightly grassier than the smell, spice, clove... nice addition with the Sorachi Ace... this is good stuff.

This is a good beer, and I will get it again and again.

Photo of dwren89
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slight chill haze, lively golden color with foamy white head

Aroma: nice sorachi ace hop aroma, lemony fresh, biscuity malt character, slighty floral

Taste: Definite lemony hop flavor with nice floral hints, good biscuity malt character in support of strong hop flavor. Nice long finish with residual bitterness, but not to the same level as an IPA. Well balanced, but leaning slightly towards hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium body, full flavor, nicely dextrinous mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

Overall Impression: A nice example of an American Imperial Pilsner with some interesting hop character-- from Japan! The sorachi ace hop with its lemony, zesty, and floral characteristics evoke summer afternoons and a nice cold glass of lemonade. The biscuity malt brings it back down to earth and away from a completely lemonade like taste. I enjoyed this beer a lot!

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden body with a thin ring of foam, no real head to speak of, that reced to nothing, leaving no lacing. Not the best appearance, but decent enough. Scents of lemon, sweet spices, especially nutmeg and some slight cinnamon, pear, pale malt, yeasty bread, some floral aromas, and some grassy and hay-like aromas. Very complex for a pilsner, even an Imperial pilsner, with a lot going on, some of it very Belgian-like, other aromas very much true to pilsner form. The hops and yeast they use in this give it a very pleasant, complex aroma. Flavor begins with bitter lemon and other citrus rind that are sustained throughout, moves into some floral hops, spicy yeast flavors, some sweet pale malt and some hints of oak and vanilla in the middle of the sip. Finish is quite dry and spicy with a zesty, bitter and spicy aftertaste. Its a good flavor, very refreshing, bold, citrusy and spicy. Very different from other Imperial pilsners, with a lot of Belgian style spice and some unique citrus and flora hop flavors. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat drying mouthfeel. Quite good, the drying feeling makes you want to sip more and the body and carbonation encourage sipping. Overall this is a very good Imperial pilsner. Its unique, using a distinctly Japanese hop variety to add some nice spicy, citrusy flavors that balance the sweet pale malt. Its aroma is also distinct and quite spicy like a Belgian, giving it complexity you don't usually suspect from any form of pilsner. Very good, highly recommended.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.6oz bottle poured intoa snifter. 10.08 stamped by the barcode.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a 1 finger white head. Some flecks floating in stasis in the body. Not too much visible carbonation. Head froths ups nicely when swirled. Mild lacing on the glass.

S: Can get some of the sorachi ace hops in the nose. Lemon and chamomile as well. Sweetness comes through as a little carmely.

T: Smooth hop taste that has lemon grass and chamomile. Quite balanced and not overpowering. Hop flavor is throughout but not too intense. Has a sweetness too it as well, cane sugar?

M: Light on the palate, nice crisp carbonation. Goes down smoothly with how well its balanced. Hops dont dry out your tongue but linger nicely.

Overall not the intense flavor I was hoping for but a smooth and delicious beer. Would get it again if the price was less.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, 8.0% ABV. Pretty presumptuous, naming a beer after a whole nation...oh right, I'm Canadian.

This beer pours a suspended-particle strewn, hazy medium burnished golden amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which settles evenly, yielding some broken strings of hanging lace around the glass.

It smells of bready caramel nougat malt, zesty lemongrass, further earthy spice notes, a slightly acrid yeastiness, and floral, weedy hops - unique, and fairly enticing. The taste is a big dose of that mirror-world peppy lemon-esque citrus, warm coriander and black pepper spice, a nice, soft sourdough breadiness, and some trailing zingy bell pepper and grassy hop notes. Any noticeable alcohol manifests in a lilting perfumed character as things warm up.

The carbonation is somehow bigger and frothier than it seems, if that makes any sense, the body sits on a sort of see-saw between medium and light weight, and is a little too zingy to be considered outright smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the alien citrusy hops and lurking funky yeast pushing hard against the sturdy lingering grainy sweetness.

A whole lot of unfamiliar, but ultimately enjoyable, stuff going on in this brew. Trying the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace a while back prepared me somewhat, but wow, what a difference terroir makes. Calling this a Belgian Pale Ale seems like trying to force a square peg into a round hole - there are apparent similarities, sure, but after a while, you just want to create a whole new definition - thus, no points debit here for not adhering to style.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden coloured with long lasting head. Sorashi can be a powerful hop less diluted, this one tastes rather orange than lemony. Kind of like a pomelo is to a grapefruit. Neutral aroma.Decent drinkability and complex, though what's actually in here is a secret.

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Sweet looking bottle. Pours a glowing sunburnt orange with a tall airy frothy white sticky head. Nice fresh dry hop aroma, sorachi ace all the way and it seems fairly noble like, light biscuit sweetness, lovely, dry, maybe light cedar. Flavor follows, very dry, all sorachi ace, medium bitterness, dry dry, little alcohol shows in the finish because of this I think, light fruit and lemon, lemon cookie, touch of white pepper. Light bodied, with larger slightly sharp carbonation, lightly milky. Very good beer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy orange, some light suspended sediment, fluff white head retained very well
S - musty and yeasty, some lager like adjunct odour, caramel and lemongrass hints
T - earthy and sour citrus hops mixed with caramel and rye bread, with the caramel and peppery qualities lingering
M - rich and creamy with a sneaky carbonation kick, bready and spicy through the finish with some citrus bitterness
O - a solid brew front to back, definitely represents both aspects of a strong Belgian with an English pale ale, well worth a purchase

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back label is stamped "10.06" in tiny print near the barcode.

Only 9 reviews in 3 months, and I haven't seen this around locally. Hmm... the green bottle is only apparent after pouring the beer... Why put a hoppy pale ale in a green bottle??

Nice pour, very fluffy head that adheres to the glass in sheets. Attractive glowing orange body, that fades to gold in the meniscus of the glass.

Lemon wedges in sun tea and orange rind aromas, malty with a hint of wildflowers from the Belgian yeast.

Malty and lightly citrusy sweet. Orange juice and hay, grassy, weedy wildflower hop character. Lingering traces of orange juice and even hints of grape juice or pomegranate oddly enough. Malty backbone with a complexity from the yeast. Medium bodied and pleasant to drink, though this seems somewhat faded by time. It's interesting, the Sorachi Ace hops lend a nice citrus note, but I can't help but think it was better a few months ago...

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I need to get out more. Saw this on the (50 taps) board at Frisco Grille in Columbia (MD) and had to try it. I'd seen the bottles in the stores and knew they were expensive, so thought I'd be able to try it out. Most expensive beer I ever bought... Served in a very heavy 10 oz (?) goblet. Color was deep yellow with an amber center and a nice 1/2 inch head. Very light (subtle) carbonation visible. I remember thinking flowers--like sakura--in the nose (probably because I knew it was Japanese and predisposed to smell cherry blossoms). But I also remember thinking it was quite unusual in its hints of floral in the initial taste and a subtle and welcome sweetness--like sweet rice bread--in the body. Many different (all pleasant) flavors that ended in an ever-so-subtle hint of bitterness. Coupled with the richer and somewhat "smooth and creamy" mouthfeel, I enjoyed it immensely. And for $10 a glass it's a good thing. Of course I didn't know how much it was at the time. But no regrets.

Photo of fadeproof
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes more like an IPA then a Pils.

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Out of the bottle, Nipponia pours fairly yellow gold but hits the glass giving a somewhat hazy orange brassy color. Lots of stuck cola bubbles to the sides of the glass, with much fast rising carbonation of the same size from the body. Head only manages two fingers tall and leaves a soapy puck.

Mild hints of grassy lemon, and some malt sweetness getting into borderline boozy character. Mostly pretty close, but harmless and inoffensive.

Palate fills with a slightly boozy malt, and crisp pilsner backbone. Slick body and a hint of diacetyl oil character and taste to match but just a little bit. Mellow lemon and mild sweetness match on the aftertaste, giving some good depth to this amped up pilsner. Chewy texture to match with some of the lingering grassy hop qualities also.

This is a decent brew, but I am not sure I am also drinking this at its prime either. I'd have this again sometime.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color and has some yeast particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of hay and straw like malts along with a bit of lemon citrus. Hints of oaky vanilla and a very faint amount of sourness are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer that has unique flavors from the malts and hops.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a tall narrow 550 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright yet hazed marmalade hue, thin creamy white head that quickly settles.

Speaking of marmalade, the aroma has a character of that too, some sweet, almost sugary orange zest, mild apricot, mild spice from the yeast, rounded wheat malt in the background.

Flavour is mild overall, soft yet somewhat tart wheat grains, dry neutral spice near the finish, with spicy, leafy green hops lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, deceptively thin yet still has a healthy dose of carbonation to carry it all.

Nothing really offensive about it, yet not a very strong rendition of the style, no real character or depth of flavour to speak of. Perhaps an unintimidating stepping stone for those just getting into Belgians, but it still doesn't do the actual style any justice.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Gulden Draak tulip

A - Pours a slight cloudyGolden straw colour with a perfect White head retains well and reduces to a film.

S - Yeast and hop dominate, not that prominent

T - Up front some nice hop flavours with some vanilla ice cream type flavours that follow. The sweetness in this beer is masterfull and the grains are nicely present.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - A very pleasant drop without being powerful. Its balance is outstanding and leaves you wanting more.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle shared by bobsy - thanks! Pours a nice gloden hue with Belgian looking head with probably not as much retention as it should.

Nose is lemony and zesty, hints of Belgian esters, a little bit of tropical sweetness. More lemon in the flavor, along with a reall earthy character, bit of spicy peppercorn quality, perhaps a touch of loamy wood, light honey bread sweetness. Clean and refreshing while still nuanced and interesting. Would gladly drink again.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Baltimore. Poured into tulip; ever so slight golden haze, light foam head. Head was gone quick, but left nice lacing on glass. Smells earthy, floral/garden like, pepper?? And of wheat.
Taste of straw right off the bat followed by earth hops and yeast. Seems like a nice brew to drink as I tend to my made up tomatoe garden. I really enjoy its earthy and hearty drinkability. Very satisfying and unique.
Its very hard to judge a beer on the qualities (above) because it doesn't look particularly good but its a very good tasting brew. Its my first Hitachino and so far I really like the individuality it has.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, crisp golden orange color with a pretty good sized, light, creamy, fluffy, slightly sticky, white head. Decent retention leaving a patchy lace.

S - Intriguing nose with yeast and hops competing for attention. Reminds me of somewhere in between a Belgian pale and a saison. The more I smell it, the more lemon and lemon grass hop aroma comes out. Some pale malt and floral aroma also comes out. Slightly sweet and slightly tart.

T - Somewhere in between a Belgian pale and a saison. The sorachi hops really provide a nice kick. Lemon, grassy, and a slight funk provide a lot of the flavor. The funk is subtle but there. A slight herbal, floral, and tea like flavor comes out as well. Yeast provides a touch of flavor as does the malt.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Somewhat slick. Decent but not great.

D - Has a nice subtle funk and tartness. Refreshing and taste good. Not something I would typically reach for, but I would gladly drink this on a regular base.

Notes: Interesting beer with the sorachi hops giving a good amount of the flavors (which is good since this is why I got this). Lemony with a slight funk. Slightly resembles a saison although not entirely like one. Good and interesting. Worth a try.

Photo of megahurts4
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest Nipponia

Appearance: honey, large head, and a little lacing.

Smell: acidic sourness, fruits, hops, and spices.

Taste: hops, slight barley, some grapefruit-like citrus, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: smooth and balanced.

Overall:
It starts off with an acidic sourness and then blooms with floral hops into a very nice balance of flavor. This is a great beer. The carbonation was very high initially.

Photo of PBoegel
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, date appears to be bottled on August 2010 (trying to decipher could be wrong).

Poured into a Brooklyn Tulip Snifter.

The beer looks tremendous very bright orange and to yellow lemon rind glow, decent one finger meringue colored head, dense and shows lacing throughout.

Aroma was bit more subdued than anticipated, but if I am correct that this roughly six months old not terribly surprised. Picked up some lemon grass, spearmint, clementine, pretty clean malt tones, not much belgian flair moderate peppery note.

Flavor was very much what I was looking for as I have become obsessed with the Sorachi hop. Big fruity citric tones, free squeezed lemonade, pulpy orange juice, warps around a crisp pilsner like malt character. A bit sticky in the finish, medium carbonation and medium light bitterness.

Would love to get my hands on a fresh as possible bottle of this brew, love Sorachi hops and this does not disappoint.

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow orange beer poured into a pint glass. Nice white head forms with a creamy texture. It has decent retention and leaves spotty lace.

S- Not all that strong but a good hint of lemon zest, light malts and bread. Actually has a tart gueuze like hint.

T- Lemon zest sorachi hops, more or less just fresh lemon juice actually. These are backed nicely by yeast and malt notes like bread, sweets, floral hops and fruit. Slight Belgian spice.

MF- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter from the hops.

The hop usage is quite nice in a BPA. Refreshing and balanced.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw yellow in color with some moderate golden yellow and lemon yellow highlights along with some light amounts of visible carbonation and moderate to heavy amounts of visible yeast sediment in suspension (both light and dark particles). The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film that covers about 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus with some much lighter aromas of hay/grassy and pale malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of hay-like or grassy malts with a touch of pale malts. Then there are light to moderate amounts of lemon citrus and a touch of spicy Belgian yeast. A very light amount of spicy hops that contribute some light bitterness which lingers. There is a light amount of oak and vanilla as if the beer spent some time aging in a barrel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness towards the finish.

O: This is a very interesting beer with an interesting story behind it (how the owner brought back the historical barley from 16 seeds). Enjoyable but more of a sipping beer than an easy drinker. I think this is probably more of a Belgian Pale or Strong Pale Ale rather than a American Double/Imperial Pilsner but I have nothing definitive to have the style changed.

Photo of vanburton1
2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like Bass or Beck's. Reminitions of a highly carbonated belgian with a metallic scent and taste. Good to experience and add to a collection, considering it's scarcity, but not worth the price. The Foodery in Philadelphia, PA carried this. Collectors should buy it, and enthusiests should enjoy other Nest beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a finger of bright white head.

Aroma of yeast, honey and light lemon.

Tastes of tea, lemon and Belgian malt with a touch of bitter hoppiness and medicinal notes at the finish.

Lighter bodied with a fizzy carbonation.

Definitely a different type of beer but well made as expected from the folks at Hitachino.

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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.