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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
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:
"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".

(Beer added by: John_M on 08-13-2010)
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

captainbearcat, Nov 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Jason1337, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

TallNerdGuy, Sunday at 05:37 AM
Photo of theboozecruise
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, a new one from one of my favorite breweries... the White Ale is one of my favorite beers of all-time, so I'm excited to try this one, another Japanese take on a Belgian ale.

It pours (into a Chimay goblet) a light gold color... yellow at the thinner parts but more of a gold through the thick of the body. Small white head, but really good lacing.

The smell is simultaneously sweet and hoppy and spicy... it's really intriguing. There's definitely a large hop profile but the Japanese spices blend well with it. Interesting to say the least.

I really like the taste of this one... except there's almost TOO much going on. It has a good balance befitting a pale ale, but the spices add a different element not usually found in an American Pale Ale. They dominate the malts and barley and really form the second layer underneath the dominant hops.

All in all, I'm really enjoying this one. Easy to drink, in fact the different feel makes me want to keep on drinking and take another taste.

Another good one from Kiuchi / Hitachino.

theboozecruise, Jan 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

GennyCreamAle, Oct 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

shodgin, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

megahurts4, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- pours a brilliant golden color with some translucency. Finger and a half of creamy white head that lasts and lasts!

S- Rich pale malt and pils malt aromas. Intense lemony sorachi ace hop aromas with some leafy green notes. Fruity estery yeastiness on the finish with notes of peach and fresh berry.

T- cereal grain malt flavor with a touch of raw honey. Lemon and leafy green hop flavor. White tea characterics in the middle. Yeasty finish with a fruity peach and white grape characteristic.

MF- rich full creamy mouthfeel with an average body and soft carbonation

D- crazy drinkable

overall a phenominal beer with crazy unique characteristics. Bravo.

Viciousknishs, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

tugdriver7, Nov 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed golden orange color. At first a large white head rises to over two fingers, but gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Musky basement like funky with some peppery spice. Fruity esters of pears and bananas. Really enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose, and similarly really enjoyable. Funky yeast, peppery spice, and esters all from the yeast. Fruity esters of bananas and pears. Tart lemon grass comes through, I assume from the Sorachi Ace hop. Even some light sweetness. Toasted bread, caramelized sugar. Finishes with a crisp dry, slightly bitter bite. I love it.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. Crisp, effervescent and dry. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I need to pick up more bottles when I see this again.

This is really well made, and blows Brooklyn Sorachi Ace out of the water (which is the only thing I can compare it to). Something I would highly recommend.

champ103, Mar 30, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is a BPA, but I guess it really doesn't fit well any where else either. Maybe more American...maybe not

Light golden color pour. 1 finger head, great lacing. Looks like a lighter beer.

The nose betrays the simplistic, but very nice, appearance. Hops and tight biscuit. Some spice and florals from the Sorachi Ace and a bit of earthiness as well.

Flavor is very good. Smooth and clean. The malt is unique, to me anyway. Soft and sturdy. Semi sweet and consistent. Really goes well with the hop choices. Hops are green, flowery, and open. Grounded.

Nice dry bite, nothing fancy. The sweetness and yeastiness of a BPA just aren't there. And that's good. Would ruin it.

Great beer.

Mebuzzard, Jul 10, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden orange body. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A musty aroma of wheat and spices with some coriander and a hint of pithy orange peel and lemongrass.

T - Wheat malt and husky barley up front with some orange hop flavor. Light, musty funk in the middle with some black pepper. Sour pineapple notes and some apricot in the finish with more pepper and an unusual basil note.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - This is a very nice beer, Hitachino seems to do quite well interpreting old world beer styles and this one is no exception. The soriachi ace is a very nice hop for this style with a musty, pithy character that compliments the yeast, but some citrus zing to help it stand out from other examples of the style. I have never had a beer brewed with this variety of malt before, but it seems to provide a bready richness that acts as an effective background for the hops to play out their role. Well worth drinking, I would love to try this beer on draught.

nickfl, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Auraan, Nov 30, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a fairly clear dark gold with a white head that holds quite well and leaves tons of lace. nose brings a lot at once, but all things olfactory seem to be harmonizing here like they were meant to be. grains are definitely one of the highlights; kind of a spelt/buckwheat thing going on, on top of some woodsy flower notes and a honeyed hop(?) character. taste isn't nearly as grainy to me, and the floral seems to come out much more. soft, elegant, delicate taste on a soft, medium body. barely any alcohol detected, and minimal bitterness. first new beer i've seen from hitachino nest in a long time, and they've really showcased their world wonderfully.

timtim, Dec 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

distortion67, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

graz34, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Chugs13, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MikeCactusGordon, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

YobroitsJoe, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

emaciated, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

gunpwdr, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

dwren89, Jun 28, 2013
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4.22/5  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.

ritzkiss, Apr 16, 2011
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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.