Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #299
Ranked #34,381
3.73 | pDev: 14.21%
Kiuchi Brewery
Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
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SquizzleBop from New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Crispy and sharp all the way through. Little sweet hint of the same type of rice you'd taste in a better Sake. Carbonation was present but not at all overwhelming. Really enjoyed the dry earthy after taste. I could easily put this down with a sushi roll and enjoy the complimenting flavorings. In a nutshell it like was a bastard child of a wheat or Sake and an ale, I had no problem giving it a home with me.

Aug 17, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neat find on tap at Beer Revolution, one of the most unique brews I've had to date and could almost be its own style ... If oatmeal stout is sufficiently different to qualify as distinct, a beer made with red rice and sake yeast damn straight qualifies as well. Don't get me wrong, it does have some Belgian character. This brew is an unusual color that I can best describe as red apple juice, not quite as sparkly as the darker pale ales and IPAs, with a decent quantity of noticeably large white bubbles. Smells like nutty malt, rich sweet yeast, and fermented honey, along with some banana and spice esters. The taste diverges from Belgian though, butterscotch and strawberry vanilla custard (again with a hint of banana) with a pungent nuttiness like wild rice. The unique grist is really adding something distinct to the flavor. Although not aggressively boozy, the latter does reveal itself over time. I can also detect some floral, grassy hops in the middle. Fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is crisp and there is a sake-like graininess that scrubs the palate clean after each sip. Wow. Fruity and yet still quite dry, with the wild rice nuttiness persisting right up until the finish. This one is a keeper and ignore the price point: Try it at least once.

Feb 11, 2014
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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 26, 2013
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a reddish, copper color with about a finger and a half of very white, foamy head.

S: Smells sweet with some lighter malt, honey, some trace hop bitterness and faint lemon zest.

T/M: It’s strongly carbonated and sweet again up front, like straight sugar flavored with red berry syrup followed by a mild, lingering bitterness. The experience is very much reminiscent of a soda, but not quite as sweet. The excessive carbonation, the gratuitous sugar sweetness and almost artificial fruitiness combine to form something more akin to a Fanta than a Hitachino.

It wouldn’t be that bad on a warmer day and the 7% is masked quite well, but if you want something that tastes like beer, you might want to look for something else.

Nov 18, 2011
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tmutes11 from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Sep 11, 2014
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Jun 22, 2014
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lommym from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +34%

Feb 13, 2012
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Monochrome from France

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 29, 2014
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Westsidethreat from California

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Wow, looks like strawberry juice except more vibrant. Wasn't expecting that. Head is a nice pillowy, Belgian looking head except a pronounced pink tinge runs through it. Extremely sticky, leaving webbing everywhere on the glass.

S: Interesting aromoa. Smells sort of like tea, very floral, wet hay, berries and almonds.

T: Where to begin...Reminds me of red bean icecream. Very herbal with a certain soy sweetness to it. Lightly tart and fruity, little bit of melon. From there a very minor citrus hop profile is present and stays with the drinker through the remainder of the process. Finishes with more red bean flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a fluffy carbonation.

D: Interesting brew. Not one of my favorites but I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it.

Jul 23, 2006
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rjm217 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Feb 07, 2012
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tastesogood from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Sep 12, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Apr 20, 2014
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zbooks from Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 19, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

Aug 28, 2014
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3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber. Slightly hazy gold, with a faint hint of pink. Large off-white head, which dissolved rapidly.

Aroma was spicy, almost Belgian-like. It was quite phenolic/medicinal in smell.

Taste was tart and citrusy. This led to a good bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. In keeping with the aroma, there was a medicinal flavor which mellowed as it warmed, but never really went away.
Finish included some pepper/spice, probably due to alcohol.

Light in body and highly carbonated. Had quite a nip to it, almost like champagne.

Overall, OK. My second beer from Hitachino, and I haven't been that impressed. Might go well with sushi, though, given it's champagne like qualities.

Oct 03, 2006
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ElCommodoro from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell is best described as funkalicious. If you smell it, you'll know what I mean. It's a strange, sour, fruity smell that is unlike any beer smell I've ever smelled.
The taste continues the theme of bizarre and intriguing. It is absolutely on the sour side with a fungusy yeast tone, but an oddly familiar flavour right behind it. It tastes like you're chewing on a flower....I want to say honeysuckle. It has an obvious sweetness to it, while not seeming all that sugary. It has a very smooth, thin mouthfeel, which unfortunately means no fun, but the thin, smoothness goes well with the sweet, flowery flavour. Despite this, the alcohol is oddly not present. It's 7% and has just a bit of citrusy hops to hide behind along with a very present funky yeast flavour. I'm not sure why it doesn't taste hotter. As a fan of alcohol flavour, I'm a little disappointed, but it's hard to be when this beer is such an all-around treat. It is very out there, very different from what I've had before, and very out-of-the-box experience.

Aug 09, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

Aug 15, 2014
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Drew966 from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twenty one ounce bottle. Aroma is a little sweet, alcohol is noticeable too. Taste is fairly complex, with some odd notes. The malt is quite noticeable, and there is some sweetness, but not a lot. A bit of tartness is present too. This beer is fairly hard to describe. It has a light body, and there is some alcohol warming. The aftertaste becomes medicinaI as the beer warms. I don't think I would buy it again, but it was worth trying.

Aug 21, 2006
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nov 04, 2015
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StrongOakOnTheFront from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

Sep 13, 2014
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Faustgeist from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a resident of San Francisco for ten years, I was anxious to try this Japanese beer now that I live here in the Carolinas. A taste of home, perhaps?

The bottle poured a super clear, red-orange drink. The carbonation seemed light, and the glass developed no head.

The bouquet, well... wow. Tangy with seaweed while the hopps are 'farmy' with notes of (literally) Japanese vegitables. woah, different.

The flavors were equally strange, salty with a touch of sour rice. The sweetness, which was delicious, was sneaking around the background of the palate. The sugars indeed were coming in and out of focus through my sences.

The mouthfeel was good, with carbonation well intergrated in to this beer.

As far as the drinkability... I can only take one of these at the moment. But a very fun beer to taste and study. This and all beers from Hitachino deserve more experimentation, in my study.


Feb 20, 2006
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bigred89 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Sep 19, 2012
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bird_soul from Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 06, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a strange, cloudy orange/brown color (reminded me of pond water). Had a nice foamy, two-finger head. Left good lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, grains and malt.

T - It tasted of spices and malt. Also, a little dried fruit quality.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Very good beer. Much better than their white ale.

Mar 16, 2007
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HoistinBrews from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

May 25, 2013
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