Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
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3.89/5
Very Good
179 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
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Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anbai literally means “Salty Plum” and the word is also used to describe the stat of taste and flavor. Ii Anbai means “just right”!

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale is brewed based on the high alcohol version (7%) of the siganture beer Hitachino Nest White Ale, infused with locally grown green sour plum (ume), and finished up with a pinch of Japanese sea salt (moshio). The balance of sourness, bitterness, comes from the plum and subtle saltiness, great umami taste of the sea salt is “Ii Anbai - just right!”

Added by JAHMUR on 12-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,215
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
179
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Dentist666
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lawrence77
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Hitachino Brewing Lab in Chiyoda near Ogawamachi Station. At this point, every time I see gose on a menu it turns otu to be some nasty salt monster. The people here were kind enough to give me a sample before ordering and it was nice - well balanced. Nose is very different from any gose you get in the US, or at least that I have had. It's the sour plum. The beer is very well balanced - slightly on the sour side while still riding the edge of a normal beer. Definitely recommend, it deserves a rating in the 4s, it's a well-done gose that isn't all salt.

Smells fruity and you might not identify plum until you read that's what it is. Once identified, you sort of comfortably sink into it. Salt is there, and compliments not overpowers.

Tastes balanced and... juicy? A bit of unxoiusness to it - that's a word, right? Salt is there again.

Body is medium, nothing over the line in any direction.

Overall, I think this should be their 2nd highest rated after the white.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Becker101
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not too sweet. Just right with a nice plum finish.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice and interesting beer, which even though it does not resemble a gose, it does have a nice sour aftertaste, but without any saltiness, despite the addition of salt. Very fruity and aromatic with a very modest carbonation bite on the tongue.

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Photo of dclewis25
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, sweet malt, apple, hint of floral hops, hint of alcohol, and slight wood. Does not seem to fit the style of a Gose. Much too strong and rich for a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and a hint of dryness. Tastes of bacterial funk, sweet malt, apple, hint of floral hops, hint of alcohol, slight amaretto, and slight wood. Overall, good aroma, feel, and blend, but much too strong for a Gose.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 7th from Hitachino and 6 are rated above average. I guess, statistically, that makes me a fan.
And qualitatively, I'm a fan. Unlike the stereotypical "good Japanese copy" that we uttered through the last part of the last Century, Hitachino is a talented innovator in at least three of the brews I've Had and this being the fourth, hence a majority.

Looks, luckily, are not important as a first impression here. Smells were nearly the same way, but I took a healthy snort at the end and I got some great plumpness of plums. (So, I took another healthy snort.) After that pleasant surprise, Tastes are more upfront. The second pleasant surprise was that the sour was not sour. (In fact, I wish the Germans had been more subtle to start with before American crafters started copying them.Now, the style is is too sour for a sweet old man like me.)
But for me, I could have fewer bubbles and (I speculate) the adjunct rices that went into the malt bill convey too much thin.
But overall, I remain unchanged: when I see Hitachino, I buy.

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Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting Japanese Gose. Not a bad brew got a bottle for $2 so can't complain but did find it to be a tad bit too salty. Felt like I was drinking straight from the ocean, so much salt it overtook the sourness I wanted from the plums. Nevertheless it was okay, nothing special yet was refreshing.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: sour plum; a little doughy; smells a little like a sea breeze - obviously the salt subtly coming through;

T: doughy for a moment, then sour plum through the finish; salt comes in toward the end; no bitterness; finish is slightly acidic; no hop character;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really nicely done;

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml stubby bottle, stamped AB.16.06, a hazy orangish yellow under a 1" thick white head which leaves splotchy lace. Aroma is fruity, floral and wheaty. Flavors are salty, mildly tart, green fruit (would not have guessed plum). Semi-medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes low level tart, salty and fruity. Unique and interesting, but would not seek out again.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 179 ratings