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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Dai Dai AleHitachino Dai Dai Ale

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TokyoCO on 07-07-2013)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy golden yellow-amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some yeast particles suspended near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mandarin oranges are present in the nose.
T: The taste prominently features flavors of oranges—most likely from the Fukure Mikan mandarin orange peels. There are underlying hints of pale malts and yeast and only slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has faint bits of crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is listed as an "Indigenous Pale Ale (iPA)" but doesn't have much in the way of hop bitterness that you would expect from an IPA, even an English IPA. I'm assuming this is because it uses mild Tardif de Bourgogne hops. Nonetheless, it has interesting aromas and flavors of oranges.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 15:40:21 | More by metter98
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt, orange peel, soft spices, woody notes and incense. Different.
Interesting flavours too. Alcohol, sweet malt and a woody incence note again. Finishes with an assertive bitterness but little of the way in hop flavours.
Needs more carbonation, feels watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:52:33 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Richardbeerlover


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 3/4 inch head with a clean light orange amber color. Notice lots if sediment and white particles which is very cool. Smells clean and fresh with just a hint of orange peel. Tastes very clean and fresh and goes down smoothly. Overall a nice beer that's perfect for spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:03:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled in 9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, bread, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, slight pine, and yeast earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasantly balanced malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:11:33 | More by superspak
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai - IPA (6.2%) - Kuchi Brewing Co. (Japan)

App: Pours a deep amber approaching pumpkin orange. One finger slightly off white head settles fast, leaving no lacing but a small ring of head around the edge of the glass. Lots of sediment, not sure if this is the orange peel or the beer is bad. It's about 5 months out of date...

Smell: Slightly floral and fruity in the nose, with some odd malt aromas that oddly enough smell a little like miso. Little bit of spice and orange coming through.

Taste: Wow, really complicated brew. Was a little reticent based on the appearance, but it definitely doesn't taste spoiled. Intense dried apricot flavor dominates the foretaste, which is lightly sweet and delicate. Tons of dried orange and yellow fruit flavors in here such as peaches and dried mango. Orange blossom comes through slightly with some medium hops bitterness that isn't particularly flavorful but balances out the sweetness. Just a hint of diacetyl. Not really what I would consider and IPA, as the hops don't play front and center, but overall a very interesting and well crafted brew. There's a flavor lurking in the background here that I haven't encountered before.

Mouth: Carbonation is medium with a little bit of a stinging character with a slight lingering flavor that is both sticky and dry simultaneously.

Home tasting, 11.2oz bottle into Snifter. 1/27/14.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:54:45 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a clear dark orange with two fingers of rich off-white head. Sheets of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was malty with a light orange note.

The maltiness continues in the taste along with the light tangerine notes, tea and a bit of cinnamon for spiciness.

Light-to-medium body and clean with a moderate carbonation.

The Dai Dai (orange) notes were not quite as bold as expected. Still, an enjoyable beer from Hitachino.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:26:20 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of wildlife


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - hazy red/wheat color, thin sliver of head.

s - sweet malts, good orange juice (juice specifically rather than peel)

t - japanese orange citrus. can definitely tell they're using an orange specific to the country (fukure mikan). really is a completely different taste than oranges from the states. has a sort of vanilla cream backbone to it, more rounded in flavor. hops aren't very noticeable, not to mention for an IPA. sweet malts.

m - well carbonated, full mouthfeel, sticky but clean finish. light bitterness from the hops that are somewhere in there. refreshing beer.

o - pretty good beer overall. I appreciate the distinct flavor of the oranges used. it's a very tame beer that I found watery at first, but made me appreciate the orange the more I drank.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 10:37:24 | More by wildlife
Photo of Auraan


4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice, rich amber/orange with a finger and a half off-white head that receded to a nice ring that left slight lacing down the glass. Very nice looking, the most classic IPA aspect of the beer. Scents of sweet malt, strong aromas of orange, honey and sweet orange blossom, faint floral and grassy hops in the background. It's a very sweet aroma, not at all hop forward like an American IPA, but nice in it's own way. Taste is very unique. Begins with sweet orange, bitter orange peel which stay present throughout the sip, a nice bit of floral hops balancing the sweetness, almost some herbal tea like character to the hops as well as some earthy, musty hop flavors, emerging in the middle of the sip and growing on the finish and aftertaste, which is dry as a result. It's a very unique combination of orange flavors and floral and musty herbal hops. The bitterness is moderate, English IPA level, but enough to balance the malt and orange sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation level, it has a pleasant feel in the mouth and is quite easy to drink as a result. Overall this is an excellent, highly unique beer. The IPA character is there, but in a subdued fashion, balancing a unique set of orange flavors. It is quite balanced and well crafted in taste and mouthfeel, with a well crafted, yet unbalanced towards the sweet side aroma. But it is very good and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 07:47:28 | More by Auraan
Photo of gillagorilla


3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Crystal clear blonde with no head.

S: Light and floral citrus with little pine.

T: Light but interesting pine with just a hint of citrus. Quite floral.

M: Very smooth.

O: A bit watery but light with almost no aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 19:56:51 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a single, was expensive, worth the novelty. But not another.

A: A hazed orange/golden color. Small head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Not a strong smell. DaiDai is a Japanese bitter orange. So orange, yeast, grassy stink, fruit ices.

T: Follows the smell, but very pleasant, with sweet orange, then hops which are present but not overwhelming. Nice dry tangy finish. A real IPA, with less hops bite and more orange sweet. Original.

M: Tangy, light, and medium carbonated. A bit fizzy.

O: Bottle says " Ale brewed with orange peel" It is very enjoyable and the sweet citrus and bitter citrus interact well, but it was too expensive by far for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:37:48 | More by Act25
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap a Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention, clear lacing, sticky. Aroma includes lemon, apricot and a citrussy flavor that is unique that for the life of me, I can't identify. Taste follows suit with again a taste that isn't clear to me, almost saffron like with a dash of white pepper and ... ? Some malt sweetness, well balanced, quite drinkable and certainly unique, albeit in an undescribable way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 05:28:22 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz chalice at Beer Revolution.

This beer appears a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of lightly foamy, mostly wispy off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of volcanic island lace around the glass as things duly progress.

It smells of faint, indistinct citrus flesh, soft caramel-tinted pale malt, and spicy leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sugary, kind of creamy citrus - orange and tangerine, I gather, but it's probably more of an obscure (to we westerners, anyways) tangelo-type thing. But I digress, as there is indeed more - more musty, weedy hops, a somewhat rejuvenated caramel maltiness (but not overly so), and a rather obfuscated earthy yeast character.

The carbonation is supportive enough without any notable side effects (me likey!), the body a solid medium weight, but with an attendant clamminess. It finishes off-dry, the mirror-world citrusy hops weaseling their way into the bready malt after party.

Another 'American' style IPA from the land of the rising sun, where they use just too many different homegrown ingredients (all good, otherwise) to produce anything all that reminiscent of the contiguous 48 and their prodigious IPAs. So, while acceptable in its own right, don't go in with too many preconceptions for this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 03:59:46 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TokyoCO


4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Japan, poured into a goblet.

A: A dark orange/golden color. Small head that dissipated quickly. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Orange (DaiDai is a Japanese bitter orange), yeast, citrus, fruit ice cream/candy. Not a very strong smell.

T: Starts with sweet orange and citrus, the hops are present but not overwhelming as they are counteracted by the sweet citrus and malts. The finish quickly transitions to bitter (DaiDai) orange and bitter citrus.

M: Tangy, zesty, and highly carbonated.

O: This is very interesting. I have never come across a beer that is so dominated by orange taste; bottle says " Ale brewed with orange peel" It is very enjoyable and the sweet citrus and bitter citrus interact beautifully!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 06:08:35 | More by TokyoCO
Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.