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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Amber AleHitachino Nest Amber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-29-2002

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 36
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired from the Brewdog webshop some time back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. Unusually dark for an amber ale - a deep reddish-brown hue with considerable haze and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with hints of caramel and faint pine/citrus. A stale and slightly sulphurous background note; reminiscent of overcooked hops or veg. Flawed.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Hints of roasted grain, biscuity malt, toffee, mild pine notes and stewed hops. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. A tad undercarbonated. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter caramel malt.

Quite nice, but nothing amazing. Strangely dark and hazy - makes me wonder what malt was used. Shame about the off-notes in the aroma; these are a real let-down. Taste is pleasant and well balanced, with an emphasis on malt rather than hops. Smooth body, but it could benefit from increased carbonation to add texture. Goes down nicely enough though it fails to stand out from the crowd. Worth trying - just don't turn it into a mission.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but somewhat clear brown with huge tan head. Roasted malts in the aroma. Flavor is of roasted malts and has medium bitterness. Really good Amber with a perfect touch of bitterness for my taste. Wondering why it's relatively hard to find. At least in the Los Angeles Area.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a opaque dark amber color with a thin tan-white head with some lacing (4)

S - The nose revealed some brown sugar sweetness, caramel malts, dark fruits and some piney hops (4)

T - Sweet caramel malts upfront revealing a slightly dark fruity middle with some dates or plums and a pleasantly hoppy and lightly bitter finish. Very interesting taste profile; the front and middle felt a tad like a light Belgian dubbel though the hoppiness at the back showed to be an American Amber (4)

M - Between light to medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation tinge; very slightly syrupy yet generously foamy texture allows the beer to go down pleasantly smooth. (4)

D - Tasty and easy drinking; fairly well balanced as well very drinkable and sessionable; I would definitely have this one on my cards (4.5)

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Photo of Likeburning
1.54/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer poured what looked like a whiter yeast into the glass with little specks of black as well. As opaque as Guiness, but because it was clouded and not delicious. This cloud-like beer tasted very tart a little bit of malt, but mainly skunk and trash. And I do mean lechate (the water in the bottom of a trash bag. turns out it has a name) Since most of the other reviews are positive,
I'm going to chalk this bad experience up to by local store having it sit in the sunlight, and judging by the dust on the bottle, it had probably been there a while. Si should have known better than to buy that particular bottle

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's plenty of fresh, spicy pine in the aroma along with some grapefruit; a bit of toffee and bread crust appear after a minute or so. Pours a light tan head with fair retention; the body is reddish brown. The flavor is dominated by resiny bitterness, pinewood, and grapefruit with a touch of orange rind. The malt is definitely secondary but does appear predominantly in the finish with a nutty and bread-like character. In the mouthfeel is some alcohol warming and a medium-light body with crisp, spritzy carbonation.

Very delicious and satisfying. The malt is clearly overpowered by the hops, putting this one in a gray area between American amber and IPA. The malt appears almost as an afterthought but perhaps rounds off the intensity of the hop bittering to produce a potent but drinkable brew. The hop bitterness is neither excessive nor harsh; and the malt, while subtle, adds a little depth and smoothness to the flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at great japan beer festival 2008:

a: dark amber/brown withdecent off-white head and a little laceage

s: coffee and tofee malts as well as piney hops

t: toffee malts dominant; good hoppy punch

m: creamy w/ light carb

d: solid amber with a great blend of warm caramel and hoppy bitter

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Photo of DamageJack
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Chrith
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Japan poured into a goblet.

A: Dark, almost black on the top with a small head that dissipated quickly. More dark reddish on the bottom.

S: mhhm.. Dark fruits, fig, maple, cherry, slight hops. This smells awesome!

T: Starts off surprisingly hoppy, followed by dark fruits and malts. The finish is quite long and is filled with malts and fruits especially the fig.

M: Hoppy and tingly initially becomes smother.

O: A great amber. The hops are definently there and the dark fruits are really nice, will look for it again!

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of interzen
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Definitely more coppery than amber - quite dark with no haze or sediment to speak of. Thin white head which disappears pretty quickly to a (very) thin layer of foam and not a lot else.

Smell: Not a lot going on, even after standing for a while - very faint hint of hops and a hint of malt and dark fruit. Hard to pick out anything significant though.

Taste: Interesting transition from hops to malt and fruit to hops again - the taste is, thankfully, more prominent and varied than the smell. There's a fairly hoppy start after which the dark fruits and malt/yeast flavours kick in before giving way to a dry, hoppy finish. All in all a fairly complex flavour profile.

Feel: Hoppy to begin with, smoothing out fairly quickly. Lack of carbonation means that it feels a bit flat.

Overall: Interesting, definitely interesting. Not quite as hoppy as I've grown to like but not bad as amber ales go, although it could do with a bit more carbonation to give it a bit of punch. Unfortunately, it's just one amber in a field of many and being from Japan isn't enough to make it stand out from the crowd - worth trying if you come across it but not really worth a special effort to hunt down.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of cwc
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like Hitachino a lot, but this one didn't do it for me. Maybe it's just that I can't drink American Ambers anymore - they have a very distinct taste which I don't care for. If you like American Ambers, well, then this one has THAT taste, so you might find it to be fantastic. Still, in more objective terms, it struck me as a quality beer, but of a style I find difficult to consume.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.