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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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 446
Photo of twilight
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Spuyten Duyvil, but wasn't in a situation to take down notes.
Gushes out into a hazy dark orange brown. Watch out, this one will run all over!

Smells like- cedar! What else?!?! The scent overwhelms the nose but in there you get whiffs of this pepperiness. Of course, I'm one to stick my nose into a bagged garment just to smell that cedar hangar.

Taste is (Well, on tap it had this very citrusy and piny taste so concentrated it kicked all west coast IPA's out of the water, unfortunately, this doesn't carry on over to the bottle) malty like a pale ale giving way to a subtle pepper flarvor and at wood and citrus aftertaste lingering on the palate to give way to what I can only describe as licking cedar. It's there, a dryness of the tongue that just sits there and waits for you to take your next sip.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Not heavily carbonated despite the misgivings of the gushing bottle. Or perhaps this is why it's less carbonated. I really could drink this all night and keep the bitter dryness of the wonderful cedar lingering on my tongue for a while. Solid drinkability. If I ever end up in Japan, I'm going to knock pints of this like there's no flight out of that floating world.

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

Lots of carbonation huge head on top of a hazy golden amber colored body lots of lacing. Just be careful pouring it. Aroma is good spicey and peppery on top of hops, malty woody earthy smell also but pepper dominates. Taste is good dry malt and cedar powered by intense carbonation tingles the taste buds. Hops, spice and pepper mingle together for nice finish to a good beer. Mouthfeel is good medium lots of bubbles to elevated the spices. Drinkability is good nice tastey beer love the pepper and cedar in my IPA. Don't know how this beer got only a 80 rating this is one everyone should atleast try.

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Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened the bottle; it sat. A minute later, it began to bubble over. The slow, big carbonation of this beer forms an interesting, frothy white head atop a hazed melon-orange beer. Aroma is distinctly cedar -- like walking through the woods of northern Michigan -- though some citrus is also discernable.

Fruit bread and some caramel malty sweetness are washed away by a fresh pine and citrus hop bitterness, itself falling victim to cedar. At times, the cedar actually gets lost as part of the pine finish. But at other times, it becomes almost astringent -- a cheek-puckering product to be sure. Drink this while in different moods and at different temps to get the full effect -- the cedar while part of a cohesive beer, and the cedar part as its own raucus, uninvited flavor. Interesting.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a new arrival in Tennessee liquor stores, in Knoxville, and Johnson City. Blurb on label says this was modeled after IPAs brought to Japan, in the 19th century. Aged in cedar casks.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, bright golden body with a Godzilla head that takes up most of the imperial pint glass. Consisting of both tiny and large bubbles, the head took forever to settle down, finally leaving gargantuan clumps of ivory lace all over the glass.

Aroma: Cedar fragrances hit the nose immediately, followed by peppery spices and herbal hops. Very understated, malt sweetness lurks underneath.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, and similar to a hugely hopped, American IPA with a moderate hop bite on the tongue. Cedar presence is also impossible to ignore.

Taste: This tastes much like a hoppy, American IPA, with a chunk of cedar floating in the glass. As it warms, some caramel sweetness creeps into the profile, but the predominant flavor is cedar and peppery hops. Very well put together, overall, but there is a prolonged, cedar aftertaste as if you've been chewing on cedar shavings.

Impression/Drinkability: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The cedar aging lends a unique character that I've never before experienced. Definitely, this will keep Mothra away! I was not impressed with this brewery's sweet(lacto) stout, but this one is a quality product that is well constructed, in spite of the cedar slapping you in the face.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sedimented (yeast locked in suspension) medium bright brown color. Sparking head only rises to 1/4 of an inch but I poured it in a wide goblet. Laces are ample. Apple aromas, medium tart like Granny Smiths, some astringent tones. Good body, a little heavy, lower carbonation. Solid flavor, a little atypical, with fruit and decided pie spices, including a mace-like bittering and raisiny senses. Well-bittered, quite piney, very noticeable in the aftertaste. To me, the malt was adequate and interesting, but the hoppiness slightly harsh. An interesting take on an IPA derivation, while not suberbly drinkable to me, maybe among my favorite of the Hitachino beers thus far.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Old Bay in NJ, and the beer menu claims only 4 kegs of this beer was sent to the US. It was hazy orange / amber in color and a short 1/2" head that quickly reduced to a surface covering. The aroma was of malt and yeast. The flavor was nice as a grainy malt was nicely balanced with the mild bitterness level. Yeast was definitely noticeable but only a tiny hint of any citrus tones. The higher alcohol level added slightly to the taste too.

The mouthfeel was grainy. Smooth at the start with a light crispness at the finish. Nicely drinkable, and a slightly different English style IPA.

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Photo of scottum
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged this bottle in Boston on May 8th 2004 and drank in Vermont on June 27th 2004.

Pours a lazy hazy hazy amber with a huge thin white head which flows where I don't want it to flow. Tastes nice and hoppy, but well rounded to the malt flavors. Actually this is a very well crafted beer and if it were not for the slight over-carbination problems I would have scored it higher. A solid mellow IPA.

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Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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