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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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80
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

torriman, Tuesday at 07:32 AM
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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

ooPERCEPTIONoo, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

brutalist, Oct 20, 2014
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!

armygirltx, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of fipoceilz7
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

fipoceilz7, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

patre_tim, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ZDSmith87, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

gfg0020, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of shiggins22
3/5  rDev -16.9%

shiggins22, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Andy_Luft
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Andy_Luft, Aug 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Tom-Peters, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bjorntele, Jul 22, 2014
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.

soulgrowl, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

flyingpig, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

mpenske, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Knapp85, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

rudabegga9, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Swift989, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Tone
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

mdagnew, Jun 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 05, 2014
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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.