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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

jgammoniv, Dec 20, 2013
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Oakenator, May 13, 2014
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gfg0020, Aug 19, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

TokyoCO, Jul 07, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

soulgrowl, Jun 30, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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

Bouleboubier, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Dizbro21, Sep 16, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Auraan, Nov 23, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Tone, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Mantooth, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ste5venla, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

KevinGordon, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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shand, Feb 23, 2014
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TheBeard89, May 29, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 26, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

ZoomanCru, Jan 28, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

Monkeyknife, Jan 08, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

avalon07, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hessian257, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hardcore, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

raulstotle12, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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