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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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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

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Added by scottum on 06-27-2004

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2015... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip...OCCASION: three hours to the New Year and the boys are still going strong... APPEARANCE: a flourishing, bubbly amber orange body that shows opaquely... head is nearly two fingers' worth of bubbly, creaminess; fingers outstretch from its waves... leaves artistic smears in its sky... AROMA: light, airy hops that evoke peach, mango and grapefruit--almost tropical... malts are woody, slightly musky, and pungent--an earthy, mellow IPA... PALATE: medium-bodied, easy-drinking, and textured--provides a pleasant but nuanced drink.. TASTE: soft honeysuckle and lilac make for a light, floral start; the lemon, mango and damp yeasts make for a varied experience... the malts are balanced, giving off a bit of earthy, wooden notes, old and familiar, with some vegetable notes.. OVERALL: having passed many of these bottles through the decades, this particular one found its way into a break pack sampler...a worthwhile throwback to the day when IPA meant long ship travel, not East Coast/West Coast hop nuances...subtle in its strength and reasonable in its memorable flavor, this is a beer worth seeking out again...

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

Photo of tubeyes
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of caramels, oranges, mild grapefruit, bread and distant wood.
Flavor with notes of oranges, wood, white wine, sake, earthy hops, lychees, pineapple juice, candied fruits and white pepper. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation and a creamy feeling. Alcohol of 7% is well hidden.
Unique and well balanced English IPA; actually something between Japan and UK. Sake, oranges, white pepper and English hops.

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Photo of leegang
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep golden colour with a slight reddish hue, very clear with visible tiny bubbles rising to the inch-thick white head that dissipates quickly.

S: First sniff was hit with a funky smell straight in the face, with subsequent sniffs revealing aroma of spicy hops, cedar, orange, some hints of brown rice.

T: A tinge of caramel sweetness and plenty doses of spicy bitter hops, with a blanket of cedar flavor which grows more prominent towards the end of each sip. The bitterness was slightly dominating in the beginning but balanced out by the malty flavor as the beer slightly warms. Some nutty flavors are also present when the beer is slightly warm. And maybe some roasted rice?

M: Medium-light bodied with an okay carbonation level, quite fine as any higher carbonation may clash with the flavor of the beer.

O: First sip turns out as an okay hoppy ale, but as it slowly warms it becomes more exciting with a complexity of subtle flavor emerging and creating an interesting balance with the hops. The cedar aroma rounds off any sharp character notes which results in a complex and rounded beer. Enjoying it after a long day of work and a good plate of freshly grilled squid.

Singapore, 25 Nov 2015.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sporklift87
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hipercor, Club del Gourmet. In Duvel glass. After dinner. Excellent in nose. Taste good although not as special as the smell. Easy drinking. Could repeat

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Photo of Beer21
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Genx
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shemmy
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another solid and quite good beer from Hitachino. Reference points that this beer touched on for me was as a kind of Fuller's London Pride that is moving towards being a quad. Many similar flavors and aromas to London Pride but more fruitiness and heavier mouthfeel. Not my top Hitachino quaff, but nice enough to be sure. Quite a nice orangey brown color, beautiful even.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a gorgeous brown color, darker than most IPAs, more reminiscent of the color that many DIPAs have. Very little in the way of aroma, other than a slight bready, yeasty smell. The first sip hits you with a blast of flavor. Tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, a little candied citrus peel and berry flavor as well. It is a bit sweet, but not cloying or syrupy. This is definitely a digestif rather than aperitif beer. Very creative and fulfilling IPA.

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

Orange amber colour, with a head that fades soon, leaving some lace. Smell of wood, strong alcohol (I guess it's the barrels used to brew sake that you read in the description. Caramels, malt, spices. Medium body, sticky palate and rough in your throat. Taste of caramel, malts alcohol, some hot spice (something like chili). Far better than I expected.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of interzen
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Deep, amber orange with a hint of sediment and a few floaties - about an inch of tightly packed off-white/lighter orange head with good retention and lacing, finally settling down to about half a fingers-width.

Smell: The bottle proclaims that this is matured in cedar casks and yep, you sure can smell cedar in there. As well as that, there's a positive car-crash of malty, yeasty smells, peppery spices and the usual pine resin/grass/grapefruit aromas associated with hops. Hops and cedar notwithstanding, the smell is quite 'sweet'.

Taste: In short, cedar and hops - pretty much everything else is driven into the background. There's also a hint of bitterness not unlike stewed green tea but cedar and hops dominate with the malts creeping in at the finish. The finish itself is dry, long and almost astringent.

Feel: Medium body but lacks the sort of punch that, say, an American (or even British) IPA would have. Something to accomodate the Japanese palate, perhaps? As mentioned above, the finish is long and bitter.

Overall: Another interesting brew from the Land of the Rising Sun - I'd probably describe this as a Japanese take on an IPA, since it's trying very hard to be like an American IPA but not quite getting there. It's not really a great deal like an English IPA ... it just ... is. Not Hitachino's best by any means (Espresso Stout holds that accolade) but well worth a try if you get the chance and want to try something genuinely different.

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Photo of markcp
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 451 ratings
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