Hitachino Nest Pale Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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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
4/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at Popeye's in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Overall, even for being a pale ale, I have to say this is my least favorite Hitachino i've had. Even on tap, the smell was a bit bland and the taste followed that trend. Better than many pale ales, of course, but falls short of even a Bass or Sierra Nevada (both amazing beers, too, of course). I enjoyed this beer, but I have no exact memorable tidbits about it. If you like Hitachino and you are trying them all like Pokemon, collect this one and just say you experienced it (like I am).
Serving type: on-tap
05-31-2012 03:23:27 | More by shigg85
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
Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.