Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
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3.79/5
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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottum on 06-27-2004

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Ranking:
#21,905
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
460
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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21
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Photo of Dentist666
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Mid to deep chestnut. Pours with very fine 5mm white head that is slowl receding. Slightly hazy, that came at the end of the pour,
S- Fresh and quite zesty
T- Oh wow. Deep deep whisky cask flavours. Cherry, chocolate, Black-Forest gateau. It surprises me that this depth of flavour didn't seem to come through in the smell for me.
F- Somehing really a bit special. Wow, this is singular and very identifiable.
O- It didn;t look or smell of much note, but wow did this beer deliver. This is a seriously nice beer; all kneel for the hitachino [owl] - respect!
Bought from Wholefoods London W8. Not cheap but I like this brewery (and used to live in Tokyo 'so kinda get it' perhaps)

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Photo of desint
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, mango, cedar, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity citrus/earthy hops, cedar, bready malts, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, mango, cedar, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, mango, cedar, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, cedar, bready malts, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious English IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, cedar, bready malts, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Balanced citrus/earthy hops, English malts/yeast, and nice cedar presence that isn't overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dclewis25
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dawon
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recent bottle into the test glass
A - Deep copper color, active carbonation feeds a frothy white cap
S - Sweet malts blend with orange, a charge of cedar, with a touch of caramel
T - Orange reduction, white pepper, candied sugar, some cascade hop
M - Medium in body, a bit oily, fabulous carbonation, a semi sweet finish, with a dry linger.
O - So glad to have gotten this offering in Cedar cask version. The base beer is wonderful, the cask adds a delightful touch

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer was a golden/amber color, and has a haze to it. The head is then there are a lot of floaties in my drink, but it is also 2 and half years old. The beer has a nice malt aroma some citrus hints. The beer has a nice bready sweetness to it with a after taste of bitterness. and some slight lemon flavor but its is not very strong. The beer has a nice buzz feeling of carbonation and easy to drink

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Photo of brunop
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Medium carbonated body coming off a straight Amber color slightly cloudy. White head rising just about a notch or so below a finger's length.

Smell: Malts and lemon scent, little light and not the most pleasing scent.

Taste: Sweet apple and citrus skin flavor, that lemon I was smelling was definitely more amplified as the brew kept warming up. Builds up with a smooth smooth malt which actually feels like a thirst quencher.

Mouth: light to medium carbonation.

Overall: Good brew, smooth beginner drink for a long night. Salud!

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Photo of kofukasho
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of yaron73
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Songminx2
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davelem
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle, pours a hazey Amber copper colour with a big beige coloured head.
Aroma citrus, tropical fruits, caramel.
Taste caramel, toast, fruits, malt.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bird_soul
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 460 ratings