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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TokyoCO on 07-07-2013

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”
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 26
Photo of RyanK252
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral and citrus, fruity notes, and some caramel malt.

T: Toasty malt, floral notes, citrus, orange, fruity notes, a little spice, and a little malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For what was billed as an orange IPA this one is disappointing. Too malty, the orange really doesn't shine like I expected.

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle printed 09.14

Pours into a fluted tulip glass with little fanfare, less than a finger of foam. Delicate lacing and surface skim that breaks after the first few sips.

Aroma is mostly bready caramel malt. Wishing for more of this rare orange mentioned, but alas.

Taste is similar, mainly malty with a faded citrus peel, and a firm hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and malty with a light sweetness up front that rapidly segues into a lasting bitterness. Overall I might try this in tap but will probably avoid bottles in the future unless it's very fresh.

Photo of Thegoatlady
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current favorite. Hard to come across but available at little sister in manhattan beach CA

Photo of PGD120
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: medium copper color, translucent with some particulates and slight visible carbonation and a 2 finger fluffy white head.

Aroma: sweet citrus hippy smell, some sweet maltiness, yeast

Taste: sweet citrus at first, little bit of slightly toasted malt flavor, but mostly sweet and citrus. The orange flavor comes in big. Little yeast flavor at the end.

Feel: slight lingering carbination very dry.

Overall: it's unique. Basically what happens when a Japanese brewery makes an American ipa, but I like it. Nice ipa for people that don't like too hoppy beers or people that want something different.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2013.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of honey, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting tea, honey, and citrus qualities that are still tasting solid after over a year since this one was bottled.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of armygirltx
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Not a typical IPA. If you hate IPAs, try this one anyway. Lots of orange taste but still big beer flavor. Does NOT taste like a lawnmower!

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma includes some soft but distinct pine and orange peel. The body is clear and bright copper with a frothy, off-white head with moderate retention. The flavor at first is quite sweet, with a good tart bite from the orange and hop acidity. The resin-like hop flavor follows, and the orange lingers into the finish with some bready malt sweetness. There is a good amount of carbonation which contributes to the medium body; there's just a little bite from the carbonation and a touch of dryness from the alcohol.

Overall quite tasty and drinkable. The orange peel is a welcome addition to the otherwise bitter and resiny hops. The flavor has a good deal of complexity as well, shifting from orange to pine to malt with each sip. The 6.2% ABV is skillfully masked as well.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.07/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of potion
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz chalice at Beer Revolution in downtown Edmonton.

This beer appears a clear, glassy medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of lightly foamy, and 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 a subtle 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 particular offering.

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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.