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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

InspectorBob, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dmorgan310, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jheezee, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BlackBeerDown, Jul 03, 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Chugs13, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Poupae, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kew, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cdwil, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MikeCactusGordon, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

hsus0225, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

pathman, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

gunpwdr, May 21, 2013
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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.

smakawhat, May 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Jason1337, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

deapokid, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JDavidRice, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bigred89, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jsanford, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

nikbullet, Feb 03, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Jan 20, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

metter98, Jan 20, 2013
Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.