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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 25
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: 98 | Reviews: 25
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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.

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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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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

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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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