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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 71
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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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of vanburton1
2.42/5  rDev -37.6%
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 corby112
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a minimal thin head that quickly dissapears.  Almost still until given an aggressive pour.

Slightly floral, grassy hop aroma that's somewhat stale at this point.  Hints of grass, straw and hay but there isn't a very strong hop presence. Subtle spiciness along with pale malt, bread and biscuit.  Underneath, there is a little bit of light fruit and pilsner malt.

Lighter bodied wih a bit more of a crisp, spicy hop bite than the aroma suggests.  Still subtle with earthy grass and bitter, dry pine needle.  There's a decent amount of dryness followed by a pilsner malt backbone with a touch of light fruit sweetness. Some bread/yeast in there as well along with biscuit and a subtle cracker-y malt character.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

550ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a hazy, yellow-orange body with a tall, sudsy, whitish head.

Smell: Honey-lemon cough drops on the nose. But, but Doc, I'm not sick! I feel just fine. Right as rain. I'm ready to start reviewing beers again. Honest.

Taste: Sugary on the edge, some pale malts and whole grains. A little honey and citric white grapefruit. Then, a growing spicy herbal tone which, when it couples with the honey and citrus, leaves the beer tasting like a Chloraseptic honey-lemon throat lozenge. Medium bitterness. Remains the same for the dry, spritzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. I know some folks who love a good cough drop. Me, I can't stand'm. So a beer that reminds me of one from the initial sip isn't particularly a good one.

Photo of JizackFH
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color. It has a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a lot of sticky lace behind on the glass. The nose starts off with some sweet bready maltiness and a big earthiness. There is a nice bit of lemon zest here, as well as a bit of a medicinal quality to it. The taste follows the now pretty well. It starts off with some bready malt sweetness and some earthiness. There is a nice mild hop presence, as well as some citrus and lemon zest. It has somewhat of a medicinal honey cough drop taste coming through. The finish is dry, and it leaves some lingering earthy citrus flavor on the palate. This has a medium body and medium to high carbonation. It goes down easy and there is a nice smooth quality to it. There is some earthy hop bitterness and some sweetness. There is some dryness on the back end as well. This has pretty good drinkability. It would really benefit a lot if it didn't have that cough drop quality to it. Other than that, It is a really nice beer, but it still isn't as good of an example of the style as it could have been. I would drink this beer again, but I don't think I would buy it.

Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of TheFoodAlchemist
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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 mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of axeman9182
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550 mL bottle, courtesy of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours very hazy, color is trapped between lemon and gold. A nice two finger creamy white cap rises, but it quickly disappears and lacing is practically nonexistent. The nose is intriguing, some Belgian pale malt fruity sweetness along with citrus and a hint of funk. After that nice setup Nipponia's flavor is a bit of a letdown. The sweetness has lost it's fruity character, there's no funk (but a bit of yeast spiciness), and the lemon is still present. There's also an unwelcome, somewhat rough hop bitterness that comes crashing through after the malts. While the nose was of a possibly interesting Belgian Pale, each sip tastes like an underattenuated and overhopped saison. The beer is surprisingly light (this is a good thing) for the amount of perceived sweetness, but carbonation is a bit much (although how over the top it is is hard to tell, Nipponia doesn't fit neatly into a style). I'm a fan of the Sorachi Ace hop (love me some Brooklyn Sorachi Ace), and it's used to good effect here, but unfortunately the beer surrounding it is a little poorly executed.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 550ml bottle brew pours a light golden honey hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing two finger head and some little lacing,the smell is barnyard funk,herbal hops and barley,it has a pretty average light mouthfeel which leaves you with tastes of orange zest,barley,yeasty bread and finishes with a nice,dry herbal hop hit of bitterness which leaves you thirsty and wanting another sip to whet the palette,overall i was really excited to try this brew as i do like this Japanese brewery alot but this is not one of their more memorable brews and for the price would rather revisit some of their other ones that where cheaper and i really did appreciate way more.

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold colour with a big but not long lasted white head.

Fruity combination of hops and yeast with a mild spicy note.

Soft malt with a clear Belgian yeast character. A mild bitterness helps to balance and there is a touch of lemon from the Sorachi Ace hops.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

This could really be made in any country. While I like the idea of an all Japanese beer it lacks any distinct character for me.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub June 21, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy white head that retains above average. Lacing is thin but nearly solid. Body color is a pale golden yellow with a medium haze. A nice looking beer. 4

(Smell) Heavy pleasing pear fruit aroma over a subtle malt base. Mild yeast aromatics accentuate the fruity tones in this Belgian Pale. Aroma is mild but pleasing. 4

(Taste) Very mild pear tinged pale malt blend with some lingering tartness on the dry finish. Really pleasing flavors, although some simplicity makes me with there was more diversity to the flavors in the brew. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy smoothness with a touch of sweet yeasty cracker on the finish. Alcohol presence is low and body is light. Pleasing pair. 3.5

(Overall) Leave it to a Japanese craft brewery to put out a nice Belgian Pale ale. I really enjoyed the pear flavor in this beer although it finished a bit too dry and the flavor profile was enjoyable but very simple. It was a nice beer however. 3.5

Kiuchi Brewery's
Hitachino Nest Nipponia
3.53/5.00

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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 BeerNemesis
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nipponia | volume ml. | % ABV | vintage

Brewer: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Apparently brewed with an ancient strain of barley. It utilizes Japanese Kaneko Golden and Sorachi Ace hops.

Appearance:
Solid honey-gold, streaked with bubbles and hit with a big, milky dollop of foam on top.

Aroma:
Lemon, a wheat-like funk, herbal notes.

Taste:
It tastes... musty. The Sorachi hops are immediately evident through a tangy lemon background. Crisp, malt backbone is littered with lightly grounded black pepper. Spicy coriander and a mild bitterness toward the finish. The aftertaste is acrid, with a hint of solvent alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Light and frothy with ample carbonation.

Harmony:
It stands somewhere between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Saison. It's dry, lemony, and quite spiced up. The balance is a-kilter.

Would I get it again?:
No.

Bottled: late 2010
Served: January 10, 2011

Price = $10.50 at Witherspoon Wines

Photo of ncfranklin
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden in color with a nice frothy white head that laces well. Quite murky.

S: A spicy smell. Lemon. Clove. Pepper. Ginger.

T: After the nose with a cocktail of smite on a bready backbone. Some rice qualities.

M: Medium to light, with a fair carbonation.

D: Like all of Hitachino's spicy beers, it's an acquired taste.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.