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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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716 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:
#28,267
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
716
pDev:
14.59%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, floral, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, yeast, and medicinal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast 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 has an odd medicinal quality in the taste that makes this one a bit difficult to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out with a really cool looking red color. It almost looks artifical. The head is fizzy and with a pinkish color to it. The smell of the beer was decent, I wasn't really able to get much out of the aroma on this beer besides some light spicy notes. The taste of the beer was a bit on the spicy side with some sweet malts in the back end. The mouthfeel was light and drinkable. Overall I thought the beer looked really cool but the rest of the beer was kind of a let down. I would still drink it again though.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for about $4.50

Ive gotta admit, the interesting label is what caught my eye about this one and made me purchase it. Pours a pinkish/tan color.. one of the oddest colored beers I might have ever poured. Heavily carbonated, maybe a bit too much.. some fruity flavors are definitely tastes as well, raspberry/strawberry like to be specific. Has a tart taste as well and finishes very dry. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before. Hides the ABV pretty well too and is pretty drinkable. Glad I tried it, but I would never get this again especially for the price tag.. gotta love the different beers across the globe.

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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish pink in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cooked rice and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast and notes of herbal hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer that uses adjuncts, this beer has an interesting taste and seems a bit like sake in some aspects.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a special brew...not at all what I expected from a Japaneese brewery. Would describe better as a Flander's Red, this beer starts off with a very tart, sour, berry-like aroma and flavor. Decorated with tart cherry, raspberry, and cider-ey notes, the beer delivers a full flavor throughout. Beginning with a dense eggshell head that remained creamy, the full flavor shows strong wine-like qualities, and low lying sweet malts. The color is a hazy cherry or berry red color. The body falls a bit weak from the souring. Musky and earthy with yeasty and almost moldy, the beer stays crisp and clean. Approaching astringent levels, it is very good and thirst quinching. Perhaps a bit grainy in the finish and lightly hoppy. it could have a better sweet malt flavor and a heftier body, but nevertheless, this is a really good beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml, very sturdy, contoured bomber, this one is. Cute/creepy Hitachino Nest owl insignia, for this 'RR' ale.

This beer pours a cloudy dark golden amber colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, bubbly, and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of wine yeast, that robust, starchy dark rice that my gf likes so much, grainy pale malt, some musty citrus, and earthy root vegetables. The taste is toasted rice, white sugar, pale malt, dry, sour yeast, an isolated herbal spiciness, and mildly floral, earthy hops. Very sake-like.

The carbonation is quite soft, and generally lilting, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and even a little creamy. It finishes well off-dry, a clean, yeasty non-store-brand rice-pudding essence persisting.

A very satisfying, well balanced, and interesting in its mirror world character strong yeasty ale. Another Hitachino offering that defies current BA classification - I suppose this would require the existence of a 'Japanese Rice Ale' category or the like, one better befitting this beer than any particular Belgian shoehorning that seems to be going on here.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliant but hazy dark peach color with a nice white head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Fermented sweet rice smell with a vague hint of cherry

Taste: Starts out with a vague sweet sake flavor; after the swallow some dryness kicks in that provides a nice mellow balance; vague almond and cherry tones emerge along with some slightly sour notes that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Why the description of this persists as a BSPA after so many comments to the contrary is a mystery; this beer defies categorization but is definitely worthy of consideration; I like it!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light reddish color ale with a medium white foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and light sugar with dry malt base if somewhat unique. Taste is also a strange mix between ester with a balance sweet malt base. The grain bill is definitely unique as I had never tasted red rice before. Body is bit light with good carbonation and alcohol is really not apparent. Interesting experiment and definably something I would drink more then once.

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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in July 2012. Pours fairly cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, peach, clove, pepper, citrus zest, honey, bready grain, floral, grass, herbal, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, peach, clove, pepper, lemon, cracker, bready grain, honey, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, cracker, bready grain, honey, floral, grass, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; nice malt and yeast spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style golden ale! Very nice complexity and balance of fruity and spicy esters with malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest's Red Rice Ale is certainly one of the most unique beers available. It pours a hazy deep gold body that streams with effervescent carbonation beneath a 3/4" cap of fluffy, bright-white foam. The head retention is very good and it leaves some nice spots and thins splashes of transient lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite unusual with an aroma that expresses wheat, but is also similar to that of a dry white wine combined with a touch of play-doh. It's light-medium bodied with a very delicate, effervescent carbonation that lends a mild zest to the tongue before it warms in the mouth becoming airy and slightly creamy. There's an odd, almost medicinal, lightly tart, and slightly candyish note in the flavor that's quite unique. It's kind of like delicate spice wrapped in soft, creamy candy - all tied together with a twine of dried flowers. It finishes with its sweetness rapidly fading as its tartness and bitterness rise; and a mild bitterness, spicy hop, light phenolic, and some astringency linger in the mouth. As odd as it is, it's also quite delicate; and in that way it becomes quite enticing. There are some harsh notes to it; but there are also harsh notes in the best Belgian gueuze. They're what gives it it's character, and this beer is nowhere near as intense as a gueuze. You may not love it, but it's certainly worth trying. I find it intriguing, and perhaps, one of the most interesting beers in the world. My highest praise to Mr. Toshiyuki Kiuchi!

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate flavors of pale malts, rice, and some light fruits (apple and pear) along with some spicy yeast.

T: Light to moderate flavors of pale malts and rice along with some slightly sour notes of light fruits (apple and pear). There are definite notes of spicy yeast and a very light amount of bitterness which fades quickly near the finish.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink and the alcohol in this beer is well hidden - not the best example of the style but it is interesting that it is made with red rice.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.36/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 21oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of pungent and contains Belgian yeast & strong spices along with fruit and rice.

T: The taste is sweet, spicy and bready with flavors of rice, fruit and yeast. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there’s a mild hops presence to provide a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while keeping the rice element prevalent. While this is one of the better rice ales that I’ve had, I’m really starting to get turned off by these beers as they typically just don’t seem to taste right even though I keeping trying to give them a fair chance.

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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 716 ratings
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