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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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717 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,225
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
717
pDev:
14.59%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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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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Pours reddish brown, one finger immaculate white head. Hazy.

Smell is sweet, there's caramel and some citrusy hops. Kinda grainy too. Oh, it smells like strawberries! Weird, but on the interesting side. It does smell a little like cooked rice, I think. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking.

Tastes of strawberries too; Rice is mostly present in the aftertaste. Banana, slight pepper. Apple? Citrusy hops, like in the smell. Alcohol is there, but not overpowering -- it actually feels very "sharp" in the aftertaste, much stronger than 7% ABV, but at the same time very subdued. And vaguely reminiscent of sake? Maybe it's the rice.

Body is medium, and the carbonation is pretty lively. Drinks really easily.

It may be just a little too sweet, but it's a very interesting and unique brew. Really puzzling to drink something so close to a belgian pale ale and at the same time so different.

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From notes taken 12/01/16:

Appearance is gelatinous, semi-opaque, a lovely butterscotch in color with barest hues of pink, with fleks of various sizes in suspension and clinging to sides. Head is nearly pure white, fine bubbled, of lower retention but film-forming in patches. Lace and legs are a delicate sheet of alabaster. Extremely medicinal aroma at first, like menthol and Band-Aids. Gives away in large part to tart fruity and creamy caramel suggestions. Loads of menthol and Band-Aid to palate, but just enough sugar and light apple- and white grape-like tartness to balance this out. Moderately dry and clean finish, apart from mentholated and peppery afterbreath. Full-bodied but thin for what it is. Fine but sparse effervescence, somewhat prickly. Alcoholic warmth with retro-olfaction.

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 717 ratings
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