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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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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Reviews by soulgrowl:
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4.36/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

soulgrowl, Jun 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SmellsofMahagony, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

Mantooth, May 27, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

Auraan, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

ste5venla, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ONovoMexicano, May 24, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

biboergosum, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

hsus0225, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Griffith, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Hessian257, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Hardcore, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Richardbeerlover, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Swift989, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

gillagorilla, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

KevinGordon, Sep 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

raulstotle12, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

st9647v3, Jan 02, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

metter98, Mar 29, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

nu38, Mar 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44%

Caudalie, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

Stum-pub, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

shand, Feb 23, 2014
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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.