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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered 11.2 oz bottle at Taste Restaurant in Broad Ripple.
Poured into a Burgundy wine glass.

A: A fragrant, sweet, tart aroma with hints of strawberry, peach, rose, white grape juice, and a very light hint of funk.

A: Pours a thick, opaque, rose, with a tinge of orange. No real head to speak of, but the color is very nice.

F: Sweet strawberry, rose water, peach, and a very light citrus tartness, which is all balanced by an underlying soft bitterness. Very tasty!

M: Medium-full, almost nectar-like body. Medium-low carbonation.

O: Finally--a Kiuchi beer that I enjoy! I don't know whether I've gotten unlucky with bad/old bottles up until now, but I did not enjoy their White Ale, Espresso Stout, or Sweet Stout. I'm really glad I gave this one a shot, though. Very tasty, and well-balanced! A great beer to try if you're wanting something a bit different.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden-amber body with a big yeast load and a soapy white head. Unusual and distinct aroma reminds me of cocoa, nuts, guava, and cherry plus an underlying adjunct signature. Lightly sweet, waxy flavor with rye notes and hop characters suggesting dry tea leaves. Also has some acidity as if from tart berries. Finish is drying and moderately bitter. Interesting beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/2 pint pour into a tall Hitachino Nest glass at Talde, Brooklyn.

Light amber color with rosy teh color my imagination since it's called red rice? Thin wisps of foam on teh surface that do lace the glass finely as you drink.

The aroma is very fresh, mildly yeasty, some mild hoppiness...I am not getting any typical Belgian yeast aromas, not sure why this is called a BSPA.

The palate is so light crisp and fresh, this must be the rice. Zinging across teh palate with hints of sourness, balanced really well with that crisp malt and just enough bitterness in teh finish. Unusual and very refreshing and delicious. This is a great and much more flavorful alternative quaffer to go with your yakitori or grilled hamachi collar...I wish more Japanese places would serve it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes from 1/18/2012, on tap in NYC at Taproom 307: pours hazy amber copper color with a 1 finger creamy off white head that faded slowly, leaving excellent creamy lacing coating the sides of the glass. This brew leaves great rings of lacing, which shocked me since I thought that rice is a big part of it.

Smells of rice, grains, malt and sweet caramel, but overall the nose is soft and mellow – almost non-descript, but still OK.

Tastes sweet overall with sweet malt, caramel, rice, roasted grains, herbs, tea leaf, light floral hops, mild spices like pepper and either cinnamon or coriander; no strong in your face flavors, but nice balance and complexity. Sweet, roasty and smooth tasting overall, almost like a warm sake that cooled down.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and yet crisp, with a light body, light crisp carbonation and a light feel. The aftertaste is roasted, and this went down smooth and easy, hiding the ABV very well. A very nice beer that was quite enjoyable and very different.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-pink hue with a white, 2-finger, thick head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice lace 360 all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of strawberry and sake in the background.

T: Malty flavor with almost like a wine-like sake flavor in mixed in. I taste hints of strawberry in there too.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is an interesting beer. I really wouldn’t consider it a Belgian strong pale ale though. But is was tasty – and this brewery continues to impress me with it’s unusual brews.

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