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
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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottum on 06-27-2004

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pDev:
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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

Photo of JohnTurano
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aufie
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow glass, color is copper, head is light tan with mixture of bubble sizes, nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is very subtle, presenting as clean pale malt, some biscuit/toast then some very very light earthy hops.

Taste is clean pale malt, some more biscuit and toast; hops are still very light but a more bitter presence is noted, flavors are clean/earthy.

Mouthfeel is very good, especially for an ale that is probably a bit older in the bottle than intended as i picked it up on discount.

Overall, a very good english style pale ale, very clean aroma and flavors but nothing emphatic, very easy drinking.

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 456 ratings