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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Pale AleHitachino Nest Pale Ale

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

10-28-2013 22:14:18 | More by MacarthurParker
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

03-27-2013 20:45:12 | More by Hultkrantz
Photo of dar482

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 18:40:27 | More by dar482
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18%

05-15-2014 12:20:15 | More by Mr_Leeward
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3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:18:27 | More by ronniebruner
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18%

11-13-2012 01:44:49 | More by cfalovo97
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-10-2012 04:20:43 | More by JonBarley
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3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really didn't know what to make of this beer, but I wasn't terribly impressed with it. It seemed to me to be more cedar-y than hoppy, and while it was a bit unique, I thought the red rice and ginger beer from Hitachino are much more novel. It didn't satisfy my hop-craving side, but it also didn't score highly with me on the "new & novel" attribute.

Appearance was a darkish amber color, with a good amount of head. Aroma was cedar-y like a cigar humidor. Flavor was some hops, but I really got more woody notes than anything. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. Not bad, but not as good as some other Hitachino beers I had alongside the Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 16:26:34 | More by BeerBelcher
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3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This seemed like an interesting beer that I picked up at my local bottle shop. It was aged in cedar barrels that were used for making sake.

The beer poured a deep amber with a slight bit of head. The nose was of woody cedar and a good amount of earthyness. The flavors were similar. There was a lot of earthy cedar in the taste with little hop for a pale ale. As I drank on, I detected the zip of black pepper on the tongue. The finish was rather dry and drinkability was average.

NOTE: As I poured my beer it appeared that a "snot-like" substance came out. It was most unappealing. I removed it and finished the beer. Cedar sediment?

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 02:27:23 | More by mzrebiec
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:35:52 | More by IronDjinn
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-17-2014 19:18:15 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-27-2012 14:02:28 | More by likeemdark
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-08-2014 02:34:17 | More by Kmat10
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-30-2014 11:06:07 | More by mrjez
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-06-2014 04:56:27 | More by the_encinitan
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-10-2014 13:42:26 | More by Poupae
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-10-2014 01:40:41 | More by matthewwarner
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-27-2013 04:46:19 | More by Redbarchettayyz
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United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle-conditioned beer is the only beer my British friend managed to bring back for me from a football-match trip to Yokohama three months ago. Liverpool won at first and lost in the end, to his disappointment, but at least a souvenir is in order. Made on 22/11/2005, no BB date specified on the label. Served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: hazy, dark orangey and pink grapfruity hue, coming with a thin off-white beer head with o.k. retention; quite low carbonation
S: very pronounced aroma of sour-sweet yeasts upfront, reminiscent of Yakult yeast drink; as the aroma gradually softens, a refreshingly flowery, prune+柿子-fruity, as well as piney hoppyness takes over, unlike most American and English pale ales... a sour-sweet, almost honeyish, malty (almost like malt-syrup) backbone sustains, but smelling a bit static and not very colourful... quite different though.
T: piney, woody, and lightly sour grapefruity flavour of hops and yeasts hit the palate upfront; lots of yeastiness to play with on the palate, which is the natural result of a cloudy pint. Gradually an herbal dryness develops, leading towards a little herbal dryish-bitter aftertaste which magnifies to a certain limit and stops at the back of the palate. Hops are pretty restrained in terms of flavour but contribute a lot to the refreshing texture.
M&D: medium-bodied, less complex and flavoursome than expected, and thinning out at the end of tasting; in a sense this is a distinctive beer in its own right, if not judged against English pale ales or the American counterparts. I guess the house yeast-strain and hops make the whole world's difference, and the end result is not as approachable as I'm used to over here in Britain. That said, this is still a solid and decent brew, but might take me some time to really get hooked to it...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 20:26:07 | More by wl0307
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Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:56:15 | More by biboergosum
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 05:18:24 | More by joecast
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Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-27-2013 09:21:57 | More by tonton
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-03-2013 20:52:48 | More by CwrwAmByth
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-22-2014 18:13:43 | More by afsdan
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United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 22:54:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.