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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
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very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 6.5%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 07-26-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

nathanmiller, Monday at 04:44 PM
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

torriman, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

patre_tim, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a dense, foamy white head that has excellent retention and laces readily. A great, bright (lemon) citrus aroma; this smells absolutely amazing. Radiant gold color; crystal clear. Starts with a lemon-citrus hop bitterness; a flash of grainy hop. This intensifies to a medium bitterness, with the citrus flavors intensifying in tandem. Dry finish as the citrus hop bitterness lingers.

This is really, really good. I love this one. It's a fascinating hop adventure, and I can't recommend it enough. Kiuchi Brewery makes some consistently wonderful brews.

TheSSG, Sep 02, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +20.6%

Kiratis, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

JFear, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sonic1270, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

innominat, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

kbrown, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

barbellsNbeers, Jun 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Daemose, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

kjkinsey, May 29, 2013
Photo of LI_PO12
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Appearance-Light gold, little hazy, 1 finger white head

Aroma- Um huh, very different almost like a belgian pale, fruity esters, pear, river rocks, some herbal citrus hop notes.

Flavor- Pear, deep malt, nicely balanced, herbal hops, There is also stuff going on here I'm not sure I know a good descriptor for. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, good carb, no real alcohol present.

Overall-There are a lot of things going on in here. Not sure its really an American imperial Pilsner, but its very tasty. Would recommend.

LI_PO12, May 21, 2013
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LambicKing, Apr 10, 2013
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Hanzo, Apr 08, 2013
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Hultkrantz, Mar 23, 2013
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C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was given a .5l bottle of this to try, seeing as I work for a Japanese based company. The bottle is black insinuating a very dark beer, but after pouring into a german hefe styled glass was shown a very hefe colored and cloudyish beer. Very interesting indeed. My wife noticed it first, but the beer has a bit of flotsam in it. Most likely due to a nonfiltering pass. This does not seem to hamper the overall score as I have no fear of the unfiltered beers. The smell is represetative of a German hefeweisen, as is the color. The taste however is a bit bitey for lack of a better term. It hits the tast buds hard and strong, but goes away with no lingering aftertaste. I would not go searching another, but when available will not avoid it. It is slightly above average and fairly drinkable, but money can be spent on more superior beer.

A: straw colored, unfiltered hefeweisen looking
S: similar to a wheat beer smell. Good smell.
T: it hits hard and strong with no lingering aftertaste
M: same as above...
D: I could drink more than one.

Heritage02Rider, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Cask Republic.

A: Very slightly hazed straw-colored body under a delicate head of ultra-fine white foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad at all.

S: Whoa, that's a little crazy. Ginger, lemongrass, juniper, and lime. Very herbal, citrusy, and fragrant. Really delightful.

T: Huh. Different here, with some cotton candy and marzipan sweetness ahead of some bready malt and a lemony, mildly bitter finish. A little too heavy on the aftertaste. Sweeter than I'd like, but tasty.

M: Medium body, nice creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Fascinating beer, and I can only imagine that if the keg hadn't been tapped for a week already it would have been crisper and more like the amazing aroma.


woosterbill, Jul 26, 2012
Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.