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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:
#28,718
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
716
pDev:
14.59%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 716 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This strawbeery aroma and taste is surprising and intriguing. Makes this ale insteresting instead of just solid. Will try to explore more from this brewery

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby red, with a loose and bubbly head, pretty quick dissipation and just speckles of lace here and there.

Aromatics: Fairly fruity combination of berry and pome fruits - almost a fragrant as a fruit punch, with sweet and mildly toasted malts.

Taste: Sweet and fruity, mild raspberry, pear, and apricot with touches of spice - maybe cinnamon and cardamom. I do have a reach a bit for that rice flavour that is there, just not as upfront as you might think it would be. A somewhat eclectic and complex array of flavours.

Feel: Not quite light but not quite medium body either - somewhere in the middle. Some finer carbonation bubbles still present to tickle the palate, and the 7%ABV is not entirely hidden, I do get a slight whisper of alcohol vapour during the finish.

Overall: A very interesting and pleasurable beer. I enjoyed its aroma a lot, and if the alcohol wasn’t as apparent to me at the end I could easily drink this daily.

Pairing : I’m going aesthetics here - from a Japanese brewer I’m going to go with a couple sushi suggestions. Though I believe most sushi will go great with this beer, I particularly enjoy tomago (sweet egg) and of course ebi ebi (shrimp), with a light tempura sauce for dipping. I could also easily just have a small bag of shrimp or cuttlefish chip snacks from the local asian supermarket.

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Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcghost
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of J-Dog86
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dazka
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnTurano
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rootscipio
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi dark brown color, almost red at times with a thick and dense off white head and a thin lacing around the glass.
Smell: Caramel, light strawberry and mildly earthy, the aroma overall is very light.
Taste: Earthy, light caramel as it hits the back of your throat, there is a slightly tart flavor, but it’s not offensive.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, medium bodied and full of carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: Interesting, not quite your typical Belgian strong pale ale, but well worth the time and money- I think I only paid a dollar for this bottle! The flavor was unique and well balanced.

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

Lots of particles floating around in the beer, reviews corroborate this is normal even though it freaks me out a bit. Has a much lighter, strawberry taste than what I usually associate with belgian strong ales. Very crisp. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Unique, I'm not disappointed even though it's not my style. Recommend dumping the final sip of the glass since the sediment settles.

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Photo of Wasawat
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bird_soul
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garyloveman
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eire
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Flickerdart
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Pours a rich amber with a thick creamy head that leaves behind a little bit of lacing as it subsides. Beer is cloudy and nearly opaque.

Smell is barely there, sort of a peachy sweetness with a hint of alcohol. It's not offensive, but it's not exciting either.

Taste is malty, with hints of peach and perhaps gingerbread. There is a faint caramel aftertaste. It's definitely a Belgian style beer!

The body is very medium. Not much to say about it. Carbonation is light, but it doesn't feel watery or thin.

Overall - I bought this beer to satisfy my curiosity, and it's been satisfied. I wouldn't seek it out again, but if I'm at a Japanese restaurant that serves this alongside Asahi and Kirin, I'd go for this every time.

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

Photo of evilmoose
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dougbreathe
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sanchorizo
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a cloudy rose-red with a medium,foamy,white head
-big particle floaties
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-earthy,red potatoes,slightly spicy,grainy,caramel
T:
-strawberries,grainy,cooked potatoes,cooked rice,caramel,dates
-clean finish
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very unique, but not quite to my taste.

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Photo of Av10
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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