Hitachino Nest Pale Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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Reviews by BierManVA:
4.63/5 rDev +26.8%
Wow! What a delicious English Pale Ale! The aromatics and flavor of this bier are wonderful. The head on this thing was solid merengue. Beautifully carbonated...The flavors and aroma match perfectly, balanced, fruity and floral. Almost belgian-like.
I was unfamiliar with this product and thank Pat (patandavid) for this great bier. i will be looking for it w/o a doubt.
05-18-2004 02:09:22 | More by BierManVA
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United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. ABV is stated as 5.5%. Purchased from the Brewdog webshop. I like the owl emblem that this brewery uses on all their beers.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Bottle-conditioned. A hazy orange-amber with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of mild hoppy citrus and dry yeast.
Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. Slightly sweet. Notes of caramel, dry yeast and subtle citrus. A faint carbonic acidity in the background, followed by a crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, prickly and dry. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of malt and bitter hops.
Not bad - a decidedly drinkable pale ale. Wouldn't have minded if the aromatic hops were amped-up slightly, but the malt character and balance are good. A decent beer for my first foray into Japanese craft. Worth sampling if you come across it.
04-06-2012 22:54:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV. Am I a bad person for getting a kick out of the fractured English on many beer bottle labels imported from afar?
This beer pours a glassy medium amber orange colour, with one finger of foamy, cooking pancake batter off-white head, which leaves a low seeping meniscus of lace around the glass as it settles.
The aroma is sweet caramel malt, infused with marzipan, a bit of breadiness, and fruity, herbal hops. Flavour-wise, it kicks off with a lessened caramel malt, the slack off-set by the lurking breadiness, a subtle warming spiciness, and soft herbal, weedy hops.
Bubbles are quite fine, and like a thin, dull razor sliding across the palate (not a bad thing, really); the body a standard medium weight, not too big, not too small, and unfortunately a bit too frizzy to be considered everyman smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the nutty caramel malt not given to waning, and gaining a slight toasted nature, amongst some mild herbal hops.
A decent enough English pale ale, by way of Hong Kong, that is. The fruitiness and herbal character just seems more Asian than British, despite it proclaiming just the opposite, right on the label. Whatever - easy to drink, and flavourful.
01-07-2012 23:56:15 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +9.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into straight pint glass.
A: Amber color with a light tan head and minimal lacing.
S: Caramel and malt.
T: Sweet malt and caramel with a lightly smoky after taste.
M: Medium carbonation with a nice dry finish and no bitterness.
O: Nice English pale from Kiuchi. Light and refreshing.
07-24-2011 22:28:58 | More by distantmantra
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 5.5% Pours out a hazed light amber hue, with a short creamy off-white head.
Mild bready malt on the nose, hints of toast, along with mild dry earthy and herbal hops.
Toasty, bready malt up front in the flavour, balanced out with dry spicy, mild herbal hops on the finish. Tends to have spikes of sweetness off and on.
Medium-full mouthfeel, perhaps from some under-attenuation, smooth creamy texture, with moderate spritzy carbonation.
Walks the line of an English Pale Ale quite well, the key word here is "mild" when it comes to delivering the goods.
10-03-2011 20:35:52 | More by IronDjinn
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
slightly hazy amber color. off white, thin head. a few large bubbles inhabit the bottom of the glass.
light hoppy aroma. some sweetness/fruitiness as well.
hop presence is found in the bitterness more than the flavor. leaning towards earthiness more than citrus. finish is dry, but still has some sweetness. fairly good pa.
12-19-2005 05:18:24 | More by joecast
3/5 rDev -17.8%
First off, to be fair, Im not a fan of Japanese beer. This Japanese beer however, is pretty decent. It is your typical ale style lager beer. Tastes like any American/Euro beer. This beer is light in color, looks very average as far as carbonation and head. Aroma is hoppy and undistinguishable. Definitely not worth the $4.89 for a 12 oz bottle I paid.
02-21-2011 02:18:27 | More by ronniebruner
4/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap at Beer Cafe Barley in Nishinomiya, one of the best beer bars I've been to. Nice copper body, vibrant with a fluffy, soft head. Gentle hop aromas, slightly tropical but mostly grapefruity. Touch of caramel maltiness out back. On the palate it's well rounded with forward malty bitterness and a solid finish. Really nice pale ale. Would be happy to drink it anytime.
04-01-2010 06:14:53 | More by juju7
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
A very disappointing brew. The hops almost tasted oxidized, but it just had a lot of woody taste to it. Quite malty and I had a real hard time with the herbal, woody, cardboard flavor that the beer had. There was a decent sweet caramel malt backbone to the beer, and the hops are certain times have redeeming qualities though.
08-14-2013 18:40:27 | More by dar482
Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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