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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-29-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

OsakaRedbeard, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ingredients: Malts, Hops. Alcohol: 5.0%

I have never seen a beer with such a beautifully red color. Fine long lasting head. Rich, brillant aroma. Brillant long lasting flavor. Outstanding hoppiness. I will have to have another half dozen bottles and then continue this review. Cheers!

Naerhu, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of Mythos82
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Mythos82, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark for the style, a shady cherrywood burgundy with brilliant highlights and a tall, resilient, nougaty head. Excellent retention even in a lousy glass.

Smell: Floral, fruity, lightly resinous British hops and lovely roasted malts, nutty and grainy and toasty with a hint of tea and honey. Robust yet balanced.

Taste: Wonderfully roasty, with a full, grainy malt flavor and an even fuller tangy hop bitterness. There's also a fruity edge that reminds me of pineapple. The finish is where this beer really blossoms, where the malts really get nutty and the floral and woody notes of the hops shine through. But even though the finish is bold and grand, it doesn't overstay its welcome. Splendid.

Mouthfeel: Big, full, and voluptuous. Just how I like my women. I mean... beer.

Drinkability: This beer is awesome. It's a shame they don't export it so more people could try it.

soulgrowl, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

GinaBeerInc, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of TokyoCO
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

TokyoCO, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mdagnew, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Chrith, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

shigg85, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Norseman, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of fipoceilz7
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

fipoceilz7, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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)

basica, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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

hoegaardenhero, May 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Dapperticus, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

fionn13, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DamageJack, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poupae, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Andy_Luft, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330 mL bottle, capped, two dates stamped on back label (2004.12.02, 2005.05.02), bottled-on and best-by dates, very considerate.

This amber ale poured a hazy, red amber color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was a pleasant malty aroma with a bit of caramel, a touch of an earthiness, and some hops. The taste was malty but not sweet with good overall hoppiness especially in the middle and finish. There was a faint note of chocolate malt as well as a hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was rather dry with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered. This was an easy-drinking amber ale, and it improved as it warmed, but it was not as malty or flavorful as I expected. Thanks to Naerhu for this bottle.

UncleJimbo, Mar 09, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour, thin and bubbly white/brown head and slightly cloudy.

Pine, roasted malts smell that is blended with a good caramel arona. Very sweet with a bit of brown sugar as well. The end is more pine and hops with some bitterness.

Caramel and roasted malts to start things off with, followed quickly by some piney hops and bitterness and a lot of sugary sweetness. The taste is rounded off by yet more malts.

Light and smooth with a good bitter hop feel to the drink and a nice, sweet finish and a touch of dryness right at the end.

Quite a nice, light and refreshing beer that was gone almost as quickly as I ordered it. The roasted malts and sweetness worked well and this one was a pleasure to drink.

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flyingpig, Mar 21, 2012
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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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