Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
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3.7/5
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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

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pDev:
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3/5  rDev -18.9%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is super weird but also really good and very drinkable for how unique it is, i always enjoy the beers these guys make. its oddly pink from the bottle, the rice coloring it perhaps more than i expected, a little cloudiness but no visible sediment, and an average looking off white head with some lace left behind when i am finished. the nose is striking and so is the taste, to me it reminds me of one of those ludens cough drops, cherry flavored, that i used to eat as candy instead of medicine as a kid, definite red berry and cherry candy character in here, that cant all be from the rice can it? i have noticed these sorts of fruity flavors in sake yeast beers before, so perhaps some of that is at play, i wish they have me more information here, i immediately want to know what it is i am tasting, if its all from red rice, its awfully unique rice they are using here, but it cant be! i get some raspberry jam in here too, and a nice earthiness and starchy texture from the rice, sort of white wheaty to me in feel, nice and bubbly, a little sweetness at the end and a tea-like herbaceousness as well, very interesting and complex beer, great with raw tuna, but probably also valuable in a thousand other culinary contexts. i sure would like to know more about this one, but safe to say its one of a kind!

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4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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향부터 알콜부즈가 쫌 느껴지고 어떤 특색있는 향도 아님 맛도 특색없고 그닥 맛있는지 모르겠음 팥느낌도 있는 맛임. 탄산감도 조금있는 편

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Red Rice is so interesting that this is close to something like "I've never had an ale like this."
How does Hitachino do that?
Since I don't drink much sake, I'm not used to rice making the malt. That's a minor part of the answer.
But, these flavors are more than a different, sweeter grain. It is a well-crafted ale. Lots of yeasty flavors. Subtle use of spice.

This is my 7th ale from Hitachino. A few were quite good and I put Red Rice in that group. I'm guessing it is because of Hitachino cultivates its yeasts so well. So, the question is: " Can the Japanese copy Belgians well, also?"
Answer: Think of Hitachino as a brilliant adaptor.

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Had in Japan with red sauce pasta and shrimp. Yes, I had Italian in Japan but they do it way differently. Looking for Hitachino since I arrived and finally found a place that didn't carry the big 5. Great beer. Super smooth on the pallet. Nice red color. Goes well with red sauce dishes. Had to have it in its origin country cause it's a bit pricey in the U. S.

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 727 ratings