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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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red/orange/brown color with a white head. The aroma is smoke, toffee, tobacco, leather and toasted malt. The flavor is similar. I still get a lot of tobacco and smoke, but I also get some meaty notes. There is also some rice, grass and fruit notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of lavellen
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I wish this wasn't 5 dollars a bottle where I live, I would gladly switch hit between this and Noble pils all the time. This beer had a great color. Clear and Red. The rice flavor was present and reminded me of saki. The Carbonation was foamy and good and I could easily sit back all summer and drink this by the fireside.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of carpezytha
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Murky ruby color- unlike any beer I have ever had. Very wimpy foam, to be expected.
S: Very little here. Wisps of seaweed, sap, and grassy sawdust.
T: All sorts of interesting tastes here. Should not be surprising that there is no maltyness. Instead A combo of pomegranate, driftwood, sour berries,
M: Well carbonated despite lack of head, which helps keep the elusive flavors present.
D: Very drinkable. I will definitely try again.

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Photo of juju7
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique beer to say the least. Pale rose-lovely colour with a light head and delicate lacing. Aromas are sweet, yeasty and sligtly candied, in a soft raspberry gummy lolly kind of way. The rice adds an almost sake dimension. Not much in the way of bitterness and alcohol is virtually undetectable. Still for it's light-medium body there is plenty of sweet malt and sake phenolic flavour alongside light fruit flavours while managing to finish dry. An adventurous beer that succeeds.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split with Frank at Papago Brewing Co in Scottsdale AZ.
Smells of noble hops and bread/toasty malt.
Tastes as it smells, with noble hop flavors, reminds me of Sawtooth Ale.
Light in body with nice hop finish.
Drinkable but seems more like a light English Pale Ale.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very faint red color. Hazy. People say its pink but I don't see that.

Fruity ricey aroma. Not much hops noticible, but Belgian yeast is somewhat present.

rich rice flavor, slightly sweet and fruity in character. More compex than your average wheat ale.


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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip aug3 2010

A a cloudy dark pink with a faint pink head that falls quickly and leaves a few parches of lace

S yeast, strawberries and something I just can't place, nothing bad just unfamiliar

T almost has a kool aid or strawberry candy flavor going for it, perhaps I even pick up on some mint. very strange but it tastes pretty good. booze is pretty well concealed but I'm not sure how this is Belgian Strong Pale Ale but whatever

M thin but the bubbles give it a creamy feel and its pretty smooth

D this went down fast, every sip I took I was trying to figure out just what I was drinking. I didn't figure it out before the bottom of the glass

this is a interesting beer to say the least there's no reason not to try it and quite a few reasons why you should. very unique beer and it's a little confusing at times but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of deapokid
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sweet berry red with thin head and only the slightest lacing. Liquid is so cherry red that I'd think it was some sort of fruit beer if I didn't know better.

Aroma is quite faint, but I can pick up a rich sweetness mixed in with grain, heavy cream and malt. Although these are big aromas, they seem rather subdued and nothing makes its way into the forefront.

Flavor profile stays in the dessert realm, offering up pie crust, butter and rice (obviously). However, the rice flavor contains equal parts sugar and bitter dryness, differing it from the flavor often found in a domestic beer like Budweiser. There are also faint notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper.

Mouthfeel is quite balanced, wavering between the sweet and savory aspects of Asian cuisine and the dry and complex characteristics of a Belgian ale.

This is most certainly a unique and inventive ale. It's also not too hard to put back, even if that dryness goes a long way.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an interesting pink/red color with a medium sized and medium bodied pink colored head that fades fast and leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet rice, a hint of toasted malt, some interesting fruit aromas that I cannot put my finger on along with some yeasty and spicy aromas at the end.
T: Nice spicy flavors upfront followed by some fruity flavors yielding to some sake-like rice wine flavors, then a touch of hops at the end.
M: Medium bodied, bold flavored, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, this is certainly an outside the box sort of beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of BDTyre
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehhh....I gave this an average because I'm really not sure what to make of it. I don't think this is a Belgian Strong but maybe it is? Weird pinky-red colour with a very light pink head.

Starchy scent, you can definitely detect the rice in it. Flat, some what ferment smell. Not very hoppy.

Bitter, almost acidic taste. Weird somewhat fruity, rice-y taste. Almost like a cherry and citrus rice pudding. Not sure what to make of it.

Not bad carbonation, but I don't think I'd have this too often. Its just a bit weird.

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Photo of Schmit
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a bottle with a whimsical label featuring an owl or maybe some kind of native Japanese snow fowl. The most striking thing about this beer is its color: other reviewers call it amber, but I swear this stuff has a deep magenta tinge to it. There is a lot of sediment floating around in it like a snowglobe (I assume this is the reason for the snowy owl on the label?) and this beer, if nothing else, looks really great. Didn't like the smell, which I can only say struck me as a sour pilsner smell. Taste was not bad, different somehow (which I guess is the rice?), but just pretty so-so. Pricey and not something I'll necessarily seek out in the future, but definitely worth a try.

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

A - Poured a hazy amber color with a white head that fades to just a cover

S - Is of spice and fruit pretty interesting nose

T - Starts off with spices upfront then the fruitiness comes out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This has been one of the more interesting beers I've drank its really in a style all of its own kinda weird but still enjoyable its still worth a try sometime

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Photo of ElCerverzero
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color and has about an inch an a half of head. I just love this color. It has a "dirty" quality to it. An excellent mixture of flavors. First you get that orangey zest, which is just perfect, and then you taste the wheat. Although a little pricey ($5-6 I believe), it is well worth it. Once you snap off the cap the smell alone will intrigue you. There is so much going on in that smell. The red rice, the orangey smell, the wheat--it's damn enticing. I will definitely purchase more of these in the near future.

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Photo of EskimoDave
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First up is the Red Rice, and holy this beer has the most unusual smelling beer I've come across. My best attempt to sum up the aroma is that it smells like an alcoholic, starchy, fruit, gummy bear. Yeah, it's weird, but very alluring. Add an orange-tangerine-peachy colour to this you have a one-of-a-kind beer. It doesn't disappoint. It tastes less like a gummy bear than you'd think from the smell and that general 'fruit' flavour turns in to a strawberry-like flavour. Toss in some yeastiness and some graininess, then some toasted rice and an almost earthilike quality and you get Kiuchi's Hitachino Nest Red Rice. Only the Japanese could produce something so weird, yet so good.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit reddish brown with a finger width of faintly pink head that left good lacing. Head is very velvety and creamy.
S: Malt, rice and spices. Faint sweet fruits notes.
T: Sweet fruits mixed with sweet malt, yeast, rice and spices. Notes of peaches, strawberries, black cherries, and grapefruit. There is a touch of bitter and/or sour fruit flavor as well that is grapefruit like.
M: Carbonation has a nice soft feel to it that goes well with the beers medium body.
D: Goes down easy with a great mouth feel and decent amount of flavor. Definitely a unique beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of JoePat
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber red with a thick, creamy, white head.
It has a very bready smell but I don't get much else from the smell.
The bready smell makes it way into the taste and is pretty dominate but you and taste hints of fruity esters and some earthy hop character.
The mouth feel is a little thin and watery.
It is very drinkable and I am really suprised it doesn't really taste 7%.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a golden hue. A lot of sediment floating around, giving it a "dirty" appearance. Very thin white head that fades quicly, leaving patches.
Smell is very tart, with some sourness as well. Very much like a wild ale, with the same funky aroma. Peppery fruits.
Taste is much like a wild ale as well, with some tart, peppery, funkyness. Hops come in with some bitterness, and the finish is slightly sour fruits (kiwi), along with some faint, bready malts.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Level of carbonation is on the mark. Fairly light body.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol well concealed. Interestingly tasty beer. This brewery continues to impress me.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Puhi Cigar Shop, Kauai, Hawaii

A - Pure amber color, thiiiick head that stands well.

S - very subtle nose, bit of citrus, some bread notes

T/M - curious...bit interesting. a tad odd and pretty bitter on the back end. sweet up front and biscuity. overall feels pretty uninteresting. taste fills mouth but a 'thin' beer

D - Drinkable sure...but meh. Nothing too pushing either way.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peachy red colour with nearly white head. Fades relatively quickly but leaves a nice bubbly layer.

First smell is a sweet berry flavour. Some fairly full on sake-like notes then follow.

Very complex flavour and one that I quite like. Sweet fruits are there. Quite a medicinal note to the fruitiness though, a little like cough syrup. Odd juxtaposition between some fairly thin/raw flavours from the rice and some sweeter fruity notes. Very interesting. Ethanoly smelling alcohol from the sake flavours emerge late in the piece.

Hard to fault the mouthfeel of this. Good carbonation level but still very smooth. Alarmingly drinkable given the complexity/oddness of the beer.

Very impressed with this as my first try from the brewery. A bold move from the brewer!!

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im still trying to work out how this is classed is as a BSPA as to be honest ive never tried a BSPA that has been brewed with rice anyways onto the brew itself it pours a deep guava hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a three finger head and lacing everywhere,the aroma is fruity,fruity rice,it has a nice full mouthfeel with grapefruit,cococnut,creamy rice and vanilla all coming thru on taste,suprisingly enough i really dig this brew it is definately out there but yet still a beer and to be honest i couldnt compare it to any other brew that i have tried,if you havnt seen or tried i definately recommend.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was expecting more from the Hitachino family of beers, especially after having just discovered their white ale - which I now adore. It poured an interesting reddish brown color, with minimal head. Smell was thin, a little sour, and not very sweet. Taste was a cross between a Belgian and a.. Saporro? Not sure, but it wasn't the best. And it was a little "dirty" tasting too. Maybe I just wasn't expecting the straw/hay components to come through in this style/brand of beer. I'd have it again, but it wasn't a favorite.

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Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite clear with a distinct red gold colour. A firm three fingers of foamy head that seems pretty stable. Sticky lines of lacing.

Aroma comes across quite flowery to me, with a definite yeastiness. Dry, vinous notes mixed in. Interesting, certainly not quite like anything I've smelled before.

It is unusual to taste, some of the flowery aroma transfers to the taste, but there is a quite unique flavour I assume comes from the rice that sometimes reminds me of a macro lager. There's a touch of yeastiness, but not as much as most Belgians of the style would carry. Finish has a little bit of musty cherry to it. It is growing on me as I come towards the halfway point of this pint.

Relatively light bodied, but there is a certain stickiness to it that is not common for the style. Carbonation is lively but not coarse. Works well.

Unique to my beer tasting history. It is a good beer, but I can't see myself having it too often.

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Photo of Idigbeer
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy orange pinkish rosee. A tight 1/4 inch white dissipating head.

Aroma: Grainy, hay, mild clove and estery fruitieness resembling strawberries.

Taste: Dry but mildly sweet, more grain & hay with a more pronounced strawberry character

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with tight carbonation but surpisingly not highly carbonated.

Overall: We crafted subtley complex beer. Very drinkable at 7% but a lot going on.

*Style correction: This beer is not a Belgian Strong Pale it is a Rice beer (25%of grain bill) fermented with an Ale and Sake Yeast.

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Photo of tiffanya
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Hitachino Nest glass. What a beautiful pink beer! (Think: Perfect for valentine's day!)

Complex, interesting. Champagne-like carbonation.

Initial flavor of sweet strawberry sake, with notes of citrus. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Worth trying (and returning to, IMO).

I'm definitely loving the Hitachino Nest beers -- each one is so unique!

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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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