Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger BrewHitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by goodbyeohio on 07-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
478
Reviews:
227
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
Wants:
15
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42
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle was bought maybe six months ago. There was a ginger ginsing aroma whafting from the mushroom cloud head on a dark yellow body. But the taste was a skunky medicine disaster,it had an stringent finish. medium mouthfeel,and really not too drinkable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and subdued ginger flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the ginger that is present in the aroma and flavor is fairly underwhelming in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

for how much i like these guys, this one really want my favorite. the balance is off, its overly malty, and there is more sweetness than their should be and i think it interferes with the fresh and spicy nature of all the ginger, which is quite obviously fresh and natural in this cool food beer. who knew it was so strong too?! whew, drank this like a session beer and it caught me! clear red color and very heady in the glass, smells toasted, sweet and earthy, much more substantial then the lighter ales i am used to from this awesome brewery. i like how fresh and floral the ginger is, but the grain is bready and heavy and has a sweetness that i think detracts from the refreshment factor. complex flavors though, strachy, some maple, the very spicy ginger, a bready aspect, and a strange yeast that i cant place at all with everything else going on. lacking some bubbles from the tap, it sits a little heavy for me with my ramen, but it never tastes boozy at all. i think the malt bill could be dialed back a little for a more streamlined and drinkable beer, but i appreciate this one a lot too, nothing quite like it out there. a fine compliment to some spicy kimchi ramen with pork, couldnt think of a better context for this positively unique beer...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper gold color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty good, it had some subtle malts with a touch of ginger in there. The taste of the beer had a slightly sweet herbal spice flavor to it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, lighter bodied with a decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good, I enjoyed it but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin light yellow head.
S: There are aromas of fresh ginger in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of ginger are very prominent in the taste. There are only some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer clears your palate and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite plesant in its herbal, spicy, and intriguing character. Expeimental brews rarely contain the finess and roundness as this one. Aromas are floral and flowery with ginger, honey, suckle, and flowers. Basically a potpouri to the nose. Tastes less bitter and bite-ey than expected. Starts with, what would be, a fine pale ale. Throw in a ton of ginger, but without the heartburn qualities that are associated with bold spices. Melded to the tone that is expected from corriander. Lightly peppery and lemony to top it off. Finishes with a prickly and numbing carbonation and a dry powdery texture. Leaves a light ginger, alcohol, and honey flavor to reflect upon.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Ah, the SuperHappyFunTime owl returns.

This beer pours a murky, dark burnt orange amber hue, with three fingers of tightly foamy, almost creamy light beige head, which settles slowly, leaving a low-ebbing coral reef ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of spicy ginger root, and bready malt, so...gingerbread, yes, but I also get a nice subtle citrus twang and soft earthy yeastiness in there too. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, sweet and tangy ginger, some black pepper, a touch of lost in translation yeast, and a musty, floral leafiness that is somehow hard to ascribe to hops.

The carbonation is average, and a little frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mildly astringent from the ginger, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt more-or-less ducking and covering, as the dirty, earthy ginger notes carry the day, amongst a soft undercurrent of nascent booze warming.

Well, ginger, in many, if not most, of its forms pervades this offering, and despite its inconsistencies (which seem sort of endearing at times) this would kick ass on the usual Sapporo or Kirin lager options at each and every sushi joint on the planet. More drinkable and enjoyable than I would have initially imagined.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt and toffee with some very subtle ginger notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with sweet toffee notes while ginger is hidden quite well in this whole mix. Body is full with limited filtration and some average carbonation. Not bad overall but I was expecting a beer more focus toward ginger then strong caramel malt.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24.3 oz bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of ginger root, caramel, pear, apple, citrus zest, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of ginger, malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, light citrus zest, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, grass, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, ginger, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, brown bread, toffee, herbal, floral, light clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, ginger, and moderate yeast fruitiness; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, ginger, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a off-white head with good staying power. A touch of lacing. The nose brings some light spicing. Nothing too over-the-top. Flavor has a bit of light malty sweetness along with plenty of cinnamon. Could be a pumpkin beer or a winter warmer. Hard to distinguish with strong cinnamon and not much in the way of malt backing. Light-medium body with quite a bit of fizz. Dry.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of tan head that settles quickly to a film of large bubbles. The body is a hazy, dark amber color.

S - Pine/ citrus hops, malty note with some caramel, and a minor hint of ginger.

T - Spicy, citrus hops up front with a kick of ginger. Other spice flavors seem to be present as well, cinnamon and perhaps some anise. The finish is sweet and malty, lots of caramel, and balanced by mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately thick body, and a sweet finish.

D - A rich and spicy beer, a bit thick for my taste, but fairly drinkable. The ginger character is weaker than I expected, but the malt is quite nice and what ginger is present plays off of the malt in a nice way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hitchino's Real Ginger Ale pours a hazy ruby-tinted chhestnut body beneath a creamy head of tan that holds remarkably well and initially leaves some nice lace about the glass. The lacing disappears, however, a few sips into the glass.

The nose is fairly complex but not particularily bold, and includes notes of summer fruit (strawberry, melon), flowers, caramel malt, non-descript spice, a light but clear waft of ginger, and a touch of yeast.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The ginger is kept well-within bounds, which is nice as it's easy to let it run amok, but the overall character remains somewhat muddled. There's a dollop of lightly caramel and cocoaish malt upfront, followed by a touch of yeast and the same fruitiness found in the nose, but it's not quite as bright. Some clove-like and mildly piney flavors rise as the bitterness hits it's high at this point, and the flavors seem to run together as the beer warms and becomes airy. The ginger then appears distinctly at the swallow, and carries into the aftertaste where it grows stronger. Unfortunately, some lingering dull-maltiness hinders its flavor from coming through and allows only its spiciness to resonate.

Nice on the nose, not quite as nice on the palate.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull rust color with a thinner white head,the ginger is light in the nose intermingling with some floral hop and toasted grain.Same as the aromas really on the palate the ginger comes thru late and gives a little edge at about mid swallow up front is a mix of floral citric hop and toasty lightly sweet malt.Hmm not half bad but the ginger could be a bit more pronounced before the lingering finish,glad I tried but not sure I would go back.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Kimonos (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper to garnet red in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduced to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of caramel and toasted malts with some lighter notes of ginger - slightly spicy.

T: The beer has a pretty solid malt body that contributes some sweetness to the beer with the mostly caramel malt flavors. There is also a light presence of the ginger spice and just a touch of something like honey.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but slightly too gingery and too strong in ABV to be sessionable. This beer paired very nicely with my sushi dinner and is definitely one that I would have another time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew from Kiuchi Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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