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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hitachino Nest DaiDai is a very unique brew, “Kiuchi/Hitachino” philosophy with highly focused notes of orange/mandarin, quite dry in the finish. Kiuchi Brewery uses a special, very rare type of orange called “Fukure Mikan”

(Beer added by: TokyoCO on 07-07-2013)
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-21-2014 23:57:32 | More by bjorntele
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United Kingdom (England)

4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An orange beer, appropriately orange. Respectable head, fine in texture but short in lifespan. Aroma is a symphony of orange: candied, burnt, fresh, bitter, sweet. Marmalade-on-toast-y. There's an herbal aspect, a hint of mellow carnation/geranium-like flowers, and a pleasantly sweet-smelling malt background as well.

Smooth, balanced, and delectably – but not overpoweringly – orangey. Something about this reminds me of Campari orange, but it isn't that sweet. Mostly it comes from an interplay of fresh orange with a more bitter, complex orange-and-herb profile, I suppose. There's a hint of thyme and honey that reminds me of Meyer lemon, some subtle spice that reminds me of cola, and a perfect fizzy yet soft mouthfeel to carry the robust yet subdued flavor. Think of Japanese Classic Ale, but subtract the cedar, and add orange.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 19:55:34 | More by soulgrowl
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Bright amber with a clear body & visible carbonation. The head was 0.25cm & turned patchy after a few seconds.

Strong smell of oranges, almost overpowering with some wheat and a little sweetness. I could detect some hops although not many & touches of bitterness plus various background fruits rounded things off.

Dominated by a strong orange presence that also hints at some alcohol. Some yeast, a little wheat & some bitterness make an appearance alongside some subtle hops & a perfume like flavour that seemed quite floral.

Smooth with a medium body and light medium carbonation, this one is slightly sweet & some hints of alcohol also feature.

Fairly average beer & definitely wasn't on of their better offerings, the beer just seemed to be dominated by the orange smell & flavour and despite being labelled as an IPA I would be more inclined to put it down as a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 15:32:06 | More by flyingpig
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South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different kind of aroma than I expected, with hops, citrus, and malt as well.

T: Tasted of light hops (light for an American IPA), citrus (orange), a graininess, and big shot of malt in the finish. This is kind of an odd flavor. It certainly isn't in keeping with the tenets of the style, but really just produces an flavor that I can't explain.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is just a strange kind of beer. The flavor combinations are not bad, but aren't overly noteworthy either. An uneven brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 12:03:19 | More by avalon07
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/mandarin oranges sweetness over a light grainy malt.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy and pale malts with a light presence of slightly spicy yeast. There is a moderate to strong flavor of mandarin oranges though without the associated citrus acidity - maybe slightly sweet. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Enjoyable but without a strong hop presence - maybe more of an English IPA than an American IPA but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink and refreshing, I enjoy the way it showcases the mandarin oranges.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 01:04:51 | More by dbrauneis
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-19-2014 03:36:53 | More by mpenske
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2014 04:19:13 | More by Knapp85
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-09-2014 09:49:08 | More by rudabegga9
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-09-2014 04:45:44 | More by Swift989
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-08-2014 01:52:02 | More by GRG1313
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4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of tang, slight sweet malt, slight sour, hint of alcohol, and slight funk. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, slight yeast, slight hop, and a hint of tartness. Overall, good appearance, great aroma (fresh, complex, and well blended), good body, and good blend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2014 11:26:13 | More by Tone
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-05-2014 18:36:08 | More by mdagnew
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

06-05-2014 04:07:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-01-2014 07:20:55 | More by Raziel313
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-29-2014 18:01:13 | More by TheBeard89
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-27-2014 12:11:13 | More by Mantooth
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-24-2014 21:06:50 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-22-2014 18:11:06 | More by afsdan
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-13-2014 22:29:21 | More by raulstotle12
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

05-13-2014 01:33:12 | More by Oakenator
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Hong Kong

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

05-03-2014 15:03:15 | More by GarthT
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4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(purchased at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits, chilled - bottle code DA.13.08 - poured into a balloon)

A: mostly clear, amber-orange liquid, with a mild haze and specks of (I presume) hop sediment floating about... tall stand of open-structured, spongy foam... minimal lacing

S: fragrant burst of exotic citrus... interplay of waxy, balm-like and perfumy, candy-coating aromas... idiosyncratic Kiuchi phenolic thread - a mix between the gummy, decomposing inner skin of an hours-old grapefruit and the inside of a beach-worn clam shell... the hops don't jump out, the variety of which (isn't listed on their site) were likely chosen to match and compliment the nuances of the local citrus added

T: not a hell of a lot different than their other lighter-colored ales - perhaps a creamy grapefruit in the finish... mild, perfumy spice... juicy oranges and subtle, slick, lightly candy-sweet malt - reminds me of a fizz-less San Pellegrino (a mix between the grapefruit or the blood orange)... very low bitterness, enough to balance though

M: clean and on the lighter side - almost like drinking a filtered, delicately-carbonated citrus juice... actually, it does have a pleasant, thinly-syrupy roundness - similar to a liqueur without the heavy booze cutting through - that seems concentrated or suspended in a pocket of gel, able to be held on the tongue for however long, then able to simply vanish rolling down the throat, leaving behind only a modest, softly acidic, alcohol warmth... invitingly dry

O: I don't know if this will strike anyone as an 'American IPA'... it almost tastes more like a cocktail (or flavored soda water, apparently)... their beers have a recognizable, consistent flavor profile - one that's delicious fresh... very well made, distinctive stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 06:23:46 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-29-2014 15:53:25 | More by atrocity
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-24-2014 18:40:32 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-19-2014 18:46:39 | More by BKBassist
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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.