Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale
450 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic AleHitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

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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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of cuy50
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK. I got this for $4 at whole foods in Hallandale Beach, FL...
nice night cap...
Pours a rusty orange with little head. Smells of malty fugle hops, but the cedar really stands out. Taste is of woody cedar which really dominates, mixed with sweet malts a english fugle hop-like taste. Its ABV is hidden VERY actually seems more like a very mild ale. Very dry earthy aftertaste with tanic tones left on the tongue. Its almost too much cedar. In is too much cedar. I cant finish it.
Overall, a good beer; not amazing, not great, just a good brew, in moderation. I dont think id get again but I did enjoy. But would probably enjoy with a great cigar for sure...

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Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rusty orange with lumpy soapy taupe head that rims and sheets. Caramel, wood and orange on the nose with maybe a bit of buttery Maris Otter.
Sweet caramel and orangey hops with maybe a bit of sandalwood or vanilla.
Lemon fizz candy finish and orange pith bitter linger. Medium, chewy, some stick.

Historically accurate EIPA, and as balanced as any HN beer. The hops are there, but the IBUs aren’t; it’s the cedar-aging that hold your attention.

I had this down as comparable to Meantime IPA, but it’s not there. Orange and caramel, sure enough, but needs to take the leash off.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is typically malty with a firm hoppy and woody undertone and a touch of fruit. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Malty flavor has appreciable hoppy and fruity notes and just a hint of hop bitterness. Smooth flavor has about average body and a good amount of ragged fizz. Though not spectacular, still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bobbo_
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of shleepy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle, bought at Whole Foods (San Ramon), into a snifter. Drank on 3/27/2012.

A: Dark amber / light brown; medium head.

S: Caramel sweetness. Not much else.

T: Honey, caramel (which I don't particularly like). Not much in the way of hoppiness. Some light, indistinguishable fruitiness to go with the honey flavor.

M: Medium body, balanced level of carbonation.

O: I wish it had less caramel flavor, but it's not bad.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber, small foamy white head that leaves good lacing.

This one starts with some light, floral hops on the nose along with some good pine bitterness and a touch of citrus, grain and spice.

Light pine taste with hops and bitterness with an almost perfume like secondary smell. There is some fruit in there as well, perhaps some apricot and there is some cedar too towards the end.

Smooth, refreshing feel to it and carbonation was low. I'd put the body as being medium and a dry finish.

I would rate this one as being an average, English style IPA that could have been a bit more adventurous and exciting but still a descent beer.

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Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, California. I don't recall the cost. It struck me because the label advertises that it's aged in cedar casks, which I found intriguing. One thing I'm unclear on after reading the label is if the cedar casks used previously contained sake or not; it seems to imply that this could be the case but dances around it. This is me first beer from this brewery, and I'm looking forward to it.

Reviewed live. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the ABV. Colour is a murky nontransparent dark copper.

Sm: Clean brewing malt (prefermentation), tame underdeveloped bittering hops, some spices, cream, and clean barley. Caramelized malts. Surprisingly, the spices dominate. Very intriguing, but I don't know that it's a good sign. Still, the aroma is unique - especially for the style. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Certainly cedary yet in a subtle fashion. Spices are present - particularly on the climax, but it's clean bright malts that dominate. Maybe honey malt? The hops are hardly noticeable, and instead lightly impart a vague fresh floral flavour. This is a great approach to the style, and I support it. Here's an IPA that doesn't beat you over the head with imbalanced hops. Nicely structured. Well balanced, if simple. Pleasant and enjoyable. Nicely built. It's experimental without going for huge bold flavours, which I appreciate it.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Light on the palate. Smooth and wet. Not creamy, but that wouldn't suit the style or flavours anyway. Silky. Not crisp. Complements the simple pleasant flavour nicely.

Dr: This one impressed me. I don't usually care for IPAs, but this brewery approached the style in a fresh and distinct way. Not a hop bomb from some American brewery dicksizing IBUs. Hides its ABV very well. I'd have it again, but unfortunately subtlety and complexity just isn't there to make it great.


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Photo of Zimbo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Judging this beer in parts does not do it justice because as a whole it just sings. Underneath the cap there's a fresh deep sweetness framed in hops.In the glass its a deep orangy golden colour with a decent head and light carbonation. The body is full and robust but also gentle and full of citric goodness. Unmistakably those cedar elements are in the background but they marry harmoniusly with everything that's in this beer. The way I look at it this could probably rival any other internatiional IPA.
Unique , distinctive and worthy of much more noteriety.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Hazy, deep golden body. Frothy, off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, cookie and bread, floral hops and earthiness. Noes of orange and honey. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Sweetness and bitterness are nicely proportioned for an IPA. A softer presentation than American IPAs, especially in the mouthfeel which is less carbonated and less crisp. Very good.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 8.3oz bottle into pint glass
pours a cloudy hazy orange with a nice white head that fades quickly leaving behind very nice lacing.
very faint floral and grain aroma
the taste is floral hops first followed by a mellow bitterness
very crisp and smooth
very tasty brew

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of bismarksays
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color. A small amount of head with excellent lacing.

S- Soft cedar, spicy floral notes. Not really hopforward per se. Tough to grade as it doesn't smell like a typical IPA, but the overall nose is very pleasant and inviting.

T- Sweet caramel, lemon/apricot fruitiness, subtle cedar, a hint of spice. Atypical of an IPA, but unique and interesting. Very little lingering bitterness, but a very pleasant lingering aftertaste of woodiness and caramel

M- Medium body, solidly carbonated, finishes cleaner than most IPAs.

Overall- What to make of a beer that breaks nearly every mold, refuses to fit in a neat category, and generally leaves as many questions as answers? My general rule of beer is that I would rather be shocked than bored, rather find something new than just another "solid" example of a well defined style. Average IPAs seemingly grow on trees. This beer, whatever it is, it anything but average. Maybe not the first choice for a hophead, but the ride is worth taking for anyone who loves beer.

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Photo of likeemdark
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Philousa
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange, bordering on red. A bit opaque with one finger head that retains extremely well throughout drinking, though not much lacing is evident. Tangerines up front with amber malt aroma. Turns a bit metallic after a few sniffs. A hint of cedar is there too, though I wouldn't have been able to place it if I didn't read the label. Sweet nectarine and darker citrus followed by light woodiness/cedar flavor. Bitter malt and harsh wood flavors follow with an alcohol burn. The wood is evident, too much to drink without sipping. A bit acidic in feel, this one bites you. Viscosity is middling with a dry finish.

I was worried with this one. I usually don't like wood aged beers unless they're a strong ale or Burton Baton. On top of that, it's cedar; one of the strongest tastes a wood can have. The cedar came through well, bubbling up after a few sips, but it didn't take over. Whew. The harsh woody bitterness was there, but it wasn't overpowering. It just forced me to sip and enjoy this English IPA a little more over time. This isn't something I'd buy a 12 pack of, but it's a great beer of which I want more.

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Photo of ckollias
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a frothy, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail down the glass.

S: Malty hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, mostly lemon, in the background.

T: Smooth malty flavor with an alcoholic twinge and decent hoppy background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer - an English India pale modeled in Japanese tradition of being aged in cedar casks and then hopped with an American hops. It was good – but no where near what I would call an IPA.

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Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TOJO12
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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