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Hitachino Nest Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | 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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Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-03-2013 03:09:46 | More by BlackBeerDown
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dwren89

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 18:11:12 | More by dwren89
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Thailand

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-19-2013 00:00:03 | More by cdwil
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-06-2013 23:23:00 | More by kjkinsey
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-06-2013 22:21:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-05-2013 14:11:11 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2013 04:16:50 | More by hsus0225
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-03-2013 15:38:54 | More by pathman
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gunpwdr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-21-2013 20:18:27 | More by gunpwdr
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:24:30 | More by smakawhat
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

04-27-2013 16:25:24 | More by Jason1337
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-23-2013 19:37:22 | More by deapokid
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-11-2013 20:34:40 | More by JDavidRice
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-18-2013 11:02:51 | More by bigred89
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Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-04-2013 00:08:11 | More by jsanford
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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-03-2013 17:00:04 | More by nikbullet
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:06:38 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:55:32 | More by metter98
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Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

11-10-2012 21:36:51 | More by sendbeer
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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beerkim

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This ale has a thick pale golden brown colour with a medium haziness to it. The head pours out creamy but light like a Japanese lager. The appearance is pretty solid for my liking.

S- It may not seem like it at first, but there is an tangy orange-pear aroma over the yeast scent that is common to most Belgian style ales. It is very balanced and doesn't take away from the rest of the ale's characteristics.

T- There is a light spice that goes into the citrus taste of this guy but smooths out without any after taste. I've never had a Belgian style quite like this one.

F: This beer goes in smooth with a light spiciness and ends dry. I think it would pair really well with textured foods like sushi or grilled veggies because it doesn't fully stick in your mouth.

O – You will pay a pretty penny to enjoy a Hitachino Nest brew especially in America, but you have to try all of these award winning brews at least once in your life time. This beer is very easy and light to drink. It reminds me of a Belgian dubbel because of the yeast tangy taste that you get after the spice bites and light carbonation. I can tell the brewer paid close attention to detail in designing and brewing this beer because though it is a Belgian style, he made it his own with a good balance in all the characteristics of the beer from appearance to even the feel of it in your mouth. I am satisfied with my purchase and would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:03:54 | More by beerkim
Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.