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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
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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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2013.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of honey, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting tea, honey, and citrus qualities that are still tasting solid after over a year since this one was bottled.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled in 9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, bread, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, slight pine, and yeast earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasantly balanced malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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3.77/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Hitachino Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.