Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Dai Dai AleHitachino Dai Dai Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by ZoomanCru:
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 It's about 5 months out of date...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. (1,413 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,419 characters)

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,330 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 (91 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (295 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (594 characters)

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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.