Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
446
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
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19
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of yaron73
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Songminx2
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davelem
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bird_soul
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aufie
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of Spyderglx
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of salias
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Houlio_99
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this as a present for my birthday! Not my favorite style of beer, and coming from across the sea, getting a good, fresh, well maintained sample can be a challenge. This tasted like a pretty good sample, if maybe maybe a tiny bit old as I've sampled an IPA or two in my time that has gone past its shelf life. Mild bitterness with some tea flavors. Some apricot flavors. Moderate texture in the finish.
I enjoyed my bottle of beer. I would probably enjoy it more in Japan. For the style, I'd probably rather have a Brooklyn East IPA considering that I live in Jersey City at the moment.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light to medium cloudy copper colour with a fairly good, loose, off-white head. Disappears quickly.

Nose - nose is not expressive but a little hoppy, with some fruit, grapefruit.

Palate - again not expressive but some very nice flavours. Floral, tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit a little spice. Well Balanced. Low bitterness for an IPA, if that's what it really is, bottle says Japanese Classic Ale. Tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA. Again, convoluted Japanese marketing just confuses matters.

Mouth is good - quite full.

Oveall this is a very nice beer. Well-balanced with some nice flavours. Could session it.

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Photo of Huffs
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz on draft at Tavernakya in Madison, Wisconsin.

Body is medium copper, clear with an orange hue, one finger white head which lingers quite a while. Some lacing. Smells of sweet caramel, floral and earthy notes, a bit of tropical fruit (a bit surprising for an English style pale ale, indeed), no orange marmalade. Smells on the sweeter side, some tapioca. Flavour is balanced, though slightly biased in favour of the malts- caramel, tapioca- rounded out by some citrus, floral and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, not too sticky nor too dry, just sweet enough that it balances out any bitterness the hops impart. Definitely a more English-style in terms of the malt to hop balance, but the hops do contribute a nice bright and lively character to accompany the malt.

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Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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