Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

710 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Red Rice AleHitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy, golden with pinkish hilights, and a massive, creamy white head. Foam has a bit of reddish pink to it as well. Good retention with clinging lace strings.
Smells slightly yeasty or musty with some fruity sweetness. Taste has a whole range of flavors, sweet fruit, some spiciness like clove in a wheat beer. Lots of malt base with a slight bitterness.
Smooth and creamy, medium to full body, well balanced. Finishes a bit dry. Alcohol comes through at the end. Reminiscent of a dry sake.
A unique brew to be sure, glad I tried it when I had the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice pink grapefruit colour under a short foamy head, spotty lacing without great retention.

S - Musty yeast and wild rice, esters and slightly medicinal.

T - Floral and quite tart, sweet rice, alchohol, spice and yeast, lots of unique character but just not suiting me unfortunately.

M - Tangy medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Quite different and glad I tried it. Check it out.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of acevenom
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours cloudy golden with a quickly dissipating white head. There are aromas of rice and yeast. There is a mild alcohol smell as well as some sweet malts. There are flavors from the rice and the yeast. Like a previous reviewer said, this does remind me of cooked rice. There is some hop bitterness on the back end. I can also taste some of the malt and some alcohol kick. There is some citrus tartness to this as well. It's definitely interesting in the flavor department. This beer is medium bodied with abundant carbonation. It is smooth and drinks fairly well. Overall, this is a good beer, but it is a bit overpriced for what it is. I probably wouldn't purchase this one again, but you might like it more than I did.

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3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber red, good clarity foamy white head with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Strong yeast presence. I opted to let this one open up a little before starting on this one. I’m afraid to say this one isn’t a pleasant smelling beer and I can’t quite put my finger on the aroma. There is some cooked rice, it almost smells burnt.

Some yeast and a little bit of strawberry and a hint of sake. It’s still not a great tasting beer but it is drinkable with a very spicy alcohol kick to the beer. I found that the strawberry, along with some citrus and spice, becomes more pronounced after a while.

Medium bodied and smooth with strong carbonation and a lot of spice to the drink. The finish is part bitter, part sweet and it does go down nicely.

A very disappointing beer to begin with that I felt smelt terribly however once the beer has time to open up and settle it become much nicer on both the nose and in the taste. Still not great though.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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