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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-27-2002)
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Reviews by BierManVA:
Photo of BierManVA
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

John

BierManVA, May 18, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

GuidedByVoices, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

innominat, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

distantmantra, Jul 24, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

torriman, Oct 28, 2014
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2.12/5  rDev -41.3%

shawnchong, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

IronDjinn, Oct 03, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

MacarthurParker, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tonton, Mar 27, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

joecast, Dec 19, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

patre_tim, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Mr_Leeward, May 15, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is some citrus and pine in the aroma at first. As those soften and fade, some breadiness, toffee, and nuts become more apparent. The head is cream colored and the body a coppery amber. In the flavor, the hops are fairly light—some pine and grapefruit that tastes a little watered down. The malt is considerable but still secondary to the hops and fruity esters. Only somewhat bitter. A good earthy, grainy maltiness lingers. The body is on the light side with spritzy carbonation.

The balance of flavors seems rather off for the style. It's not very malty or bitter; and the hops and esters, while quite noticeable, are still rather light. Very drinkable and pleasant.

fipoceilz7, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ronniebruner, Feb 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

juju7, Apr 01, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

dar482, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

JonBarley, Dec 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kmat10, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

inspektor, Feb 26, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

mrjez, Jun 30, 2014
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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.