Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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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

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Ratings:
446
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
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Photo of mauralydon
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Poupae
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper orange and cloudy with some large visible bubbles, 2 fingers of orange beige tinged head.


S: Orange, spicy hops, caramel, candy orange, berries like strawberries.


T: Berries, strawberries, orange candy, spice like sandalwood, getting some of the barrel age in there but its floral again like cedar or sandalwood.


M: Medium syrupy body with a solid foamy powdery carbonation.


O: Really enjoying this one. I think it wasn’t intended to be an ipa, and if its thought of outside that box its really unique, labeled ‘Japanese Classic Ale’ for a reason. Got on Wishbeer, don’t regret it as I’ve never seen it in stores. Drank in Kunming, Jan 26th, 2015.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes, yes, Hitachino Nest! This time I’ve got my hands on their Japanese Classic Ale, done in an English [read: less hops, more malt than an American] India Pale Ale. Once again Hitachino Nest brings a unique Japanese craft brewers eye to the classic English IPA style by introducing American Chinook hops, German Munich malt, and in a日本人 twist: Maturing in cedar barrels. Well I’m sold. Let’s see if Hitachino has maintained its remarkable sense of idiosyncrasy along with exceptional quality and flavour [yes I have little doubt this will be anything other than outstanding].

Poured from a 330ml into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy, dotted with yeast particle deep tangerine body with a thin cream coloured lace for a head. Because yeast particles and I get along my score for this is perhaps higher than it should be. 8/10.

S: A big toffee note on this one, with hints of wood from the cedar, earthy tones, the toffee is quite sweet with nuttiness as well... again Hitachino cannot be accused of being ordinary. Cedar is awesome, I’m surprised it isn’t used in more brews. 8/10.

T: Complexity is again Hitachino’s strong point - the notes of sweet nutty toffee mingle with cedar wood, earthy/piney Chinook hops finish with a hint of bitterness... then throw in a hint of black pepper. Yes this one has characters of an English IPA but with a smattering of other tastes to elevate this to a new level. If you don’t like this brew or you think it needs more hops - you need a tongue transplant, because damn this is fantastic! 9/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation. Body is good, not great. 7/10.

D: So the big question, for me at least, is how does it compare to other Hitachino Nest brews? Well it’s up there with their White Ale, Red Rice Ale and the Celebration Ale, but again it is a different (quite woody) take on a classic style, so they’re really all “must try” brews - if you, like I, have tried hundreds upon hundreds of beers and you haven’t had a Hitachino brew - then expect the unexpected... but not too much - I don’t want to overhype the beer [you should never overhype the beer: I guarantee I’ll be disappointed with my first Westvleteren XII now]. Get this beer. 8/10.

Food match: I know I have a habit of recommending cuisines from the same country as the beer but this would really hit the spot with green bean and shiitake tempura with ponzu mayo, kampai!

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Photo of silverking
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a deep, rich hazy amber with a lot of suspended debris. Thin light tan head that fades fast. After a minute or so, the need appears completely lifeless. No carbonation is visible.

S- cedar, pine, brandy, figs. That cedar note is so defined, I love it.

T- a fair amount if caramel surrounded by notes of dense pine. Actually quite enjoyable. The finish is pure pine needles.

M- almost no carbonation, medium bodied. Lackluster.

O- mixed feelings on this one. Try it.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a tulip. A cloudy orange-red with two fingers of creamy beige foam. Aroma is a compelling mix of brittle toffee, orchard fruit (peach and pear), earthy/slightly woody forest floor hops, nuts and pretzels ... Palate is similarly unique. Does come across as an English IPA but with a moderate degree of plum fruitiness, a rich toffee maltiness, unexpected almond and pecan notes, and more expected cedar or sandalwood aromatics. Some diacetyl apparent. A stark contrast between the dry woodiness and the rich sweet malts, somehow it works. Body on the thick side for the style, moderate carbonation and a malt-forward finish seasoned with a dash of woody spice. Unique brew like many of this brewery's other offerings. Not well-integrated yet one can switch between the dry floral fruitiness, the woody spice, and the sweet dessert backbone and not get the least bit bored.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Drift
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of embass
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of msquared36
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of torriman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MLichtwardt
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

A nicely balanced pale ale. Wouldn't consider it a big enough brew to be labeled as 'IPA'. Nice and crisp, easy drinking. I tasted pear and mild vegetal qualities.

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Photo of vaughtex
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MikeLundquist
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 14A adapted). Bottle 33 cl - Batch J.14.02. AROMA: no hop notes with sweet malt aromas reminiscent of caramel. very low fruitness. APPEARANCE: amber color and hazy. moussy tanned head with good retention. TASTE: medium bitterness that lingers into a dry finish with no hop flavours. unbalanced high malt flavours. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: although the comercial description says it is a IPA, this beer is unbalanced towards a sweet malt profile but its not that bad.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GaretSilvey
4.56/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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