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Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
168 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: 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:
#10,211
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
168
pDev:
10.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, earth, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, plum, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice plum and fruit flavors, but the smell is quite subtle for anything.

Serving type: on tap.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow! this is enormously high quality beer brewed with some really special ingredients, glad i scored one of these. always love what these guys get up to, but this one is fairly next level, even for them. its a plum gose, loosely, done with unique plums and unique salt. wheat base, the beer has a slight grain haze to it and a tall white head, golden more or less, brass might be better, lively looking brew. it smells a little fruity but beer first you know, grain and yeast in with some sweet fruit juice, but thats only a quick sniff. a deeper inhale will be very much rewarded here, there is an incredible hit of fresh ripe black purple plums right as i am about to run out of breath breathing through my nose as deep as i can, last second it comes on, what a deeply satisfying aroma that i almost missed in here. that helps me taste the plums better too, they are really juicy and ripe and although well balanced, quite significant in the flavor here. the salt is high mineral but super salty if that makes sense, less of the brine, more of an accentuating agent for the plums. herbal and wheaty this is, and the salt helps dry it out uniquely, sort of being the only element left on the tongue after the swallow, oddly enough. a bit of acid, but the smells a lot more sour and wild than it tastes, super clean as they go, very delicate tang is all. wonderfully flavored beer, brilliantly crafted. this is as good a beer as any in its field out there, if its not in a class of its own already. stunning and memorable, just right this time of year. best use of plums in a beer i can recall!

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of plums.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger notes of plums and a little less sourness. Hints of salt are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a gose—it's not as sour compared to other beers in the style and the aromas and flavors of plums add an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As it's heart is in Germanium theme, there's the commonality of hefeweizen that couples with that of tangy and tart Berlinerweiss, yet something in between emerges, and does so with the addition of the unique and umbiguous anabi plum.

Its lovable canary color is inviting and is softened by its light yeasty haze. Its diffused character highlights its glowing bulb of a body; while above a creamy and low-statured head amounts with cottony colored froth. its strong retention and trickling lace really sells the appearance of a well made ale.

Fruity-tart aromas strike first as the nose registers the light banana, papaya, citrus, apple and floral scents. A background of bready sweetness resonates with notions of fresh baking bread, shortbread, and confectioner's candy.

The early palate picks up on all that bready sweetness, even while its wheaty-sweet flavor coaxes the palate with grain, powdered sugar and biscuit. The middle slices through all that maltiness with tangy flavors of citrus, berries, orchard fruit, plum and papaya. Its mild melon-like flavor extends to the finish that is comfortable of white wine, banana and clove. Its minty warmth is charming while a wash of vanilla and mint ensue.

Medium-light in body, the beer's early creaminess is held captive to its malty-sweet body. But once the carbonation lifts, so does its lingering sweetness and ushers in a minty, silky, and spicy-floral finish in texture as well.

Hitachino Anabi is a curious wheat beer. Even as its underlying "hefeweizen" taste is uncharacteristically tangy and tart, the plum flavor turns its focus to fruit even as the base beer plays a bigger and much appreciated part.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, plum/salt, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness, yeast spice, and wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/saline, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial weizen/gose style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Even though it is not lactic soured, the plums provide a fair amount of tartness for it to taste similar to the gose style. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy sudsy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sour/tart wheat and grainy malts with a light aroma of brininess. There is a light to moderate aroma of plums towards the end.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy + wheat malts with a light amount of tartness/sourness. Light hints of brininess followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet, then slightly tart plums. Light amounts of lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: An interesting fairly high test version of a Gose with a little less tartness than others in the style and a little more grainy wheaty maltiness. I enjoyed the addition of the plums and found the fruit to be complementary to the flavors of a gose and this one drinks pretty easy considering the strength (for the style).

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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

On tap at the Thirsty Monk (AVL).
Slighty hazy amber body with a weak head.
Mildly funky and fruity aroma; moderately floral.
Flavor. Medium-low tartness and bitterness; lightly salty. Interesting, with an unexpected slight funk.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy creamy head that fades at a med pace, light whispy lacing, very hazy honey sun rise orange color.

NOse quiet fruity, plum juice, a rice mash aroma, with mild doughy malts, little citrus note, strange ester profile with strange fruits, I think a pink grapefruit flesh, little yeasty as most beers from this brewery seem to be.

Taste brings more of the typical Hitachino yeast, strange yeasty flavor with some different esters, but then Belgian wit yeast ester profile, some candy malt notes, with more rice wine flavors, a little tartness, with plenty of sweet plum flavor, candied plum, sticky notes, with mild biscuity doughy malt and hint of salt. Finish is sticky, more salt character, little flemmy tart thing, with more plum and candy flavors, with a weird bitterness.

Mouth is med boy, little syrupy sticky and flemmy, decent carb.

Overall if this was a Belgian strong style ale it would be pretty nice, but as a gose it's far from good. As a Belgian nice ester profile, candy malts and syrupy notes, nice plum with that, etc... but as a gose it's way too heavy, very little salt or spices, not very tart or refreshing for taht matter, the plum doesn't go well and esp the ester profile and sticky syrupy character. Sorry guys but this is not one of those cross over style blends that works well.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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