Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
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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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Reviews:
336
Ratings:
729
pDev:
14.56%
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4.11
 
 
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Photo of Gajo74
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber/copper color, carbonation and yeast sediment visible throughout . A billowy thumblength head rises to the top. Good retention that yields a creamy film and lacing.
The rice adjuncts are the dominant aroma throughout, its sweetness seemingly out of place for the style. Yeasty and with fruity esters, apples and beer. A faint alcohol spice makes a fleeting cameo.
The taste is dry at first, however, the rice adjuncts and wheat like malts soon bring a sweetness. Yeasty flavors that bring forth fruity esters, apple, pear, even a fleeting hint of orange peel. A light alcohol spice is present throughout. The finish is sweet, rice like, has a touch of alcohol, and slightly sticky and dry towards the end of the drink.
Medium bodied and with a lower carbonation than I’m accustomed to for the style.
This one is all about the rice adjuncts, which certainly add a unique twist. Not particularly true to style, but tasty nevertheless.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Icka31
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WynnO
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

향부터 알콜부즈가 쫌 느껴지고 어떤 특색있는 향도 아님 맛도 특색없고 그닥 맛있는지 모르겠음 팥느낌도 있는 맛임. 탄산감도 조금있는 편

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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Luiz0930
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paresis
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 729 ratings