Hitachino Nest Nipponia | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest NipponiaHitachino Nest Nipponia

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"HITACHINO NEST BEER is a brand of our quality top-fermented ales. Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 6.5%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".

Added by John_M on 08-13-2010

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cgrunin
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Date stamp NI.16.02. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold, with just a hint of haze. Thin white head. Some small strands of lacing.

Smell: Lemon, bit of honey and apple.

Taste: Strong lemon flavor - definite Soriachi Ace which I've had and is quite notable to me with its strong lemon flavor. Biscuity malt in the middle, and a lingering lemon, leafy herbal finish. There is also some orange citrus flavor in with all of this. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nicely thick, sticky on the teeth.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer. I could easily have had another bottle of this if it was available. I had it by itself, but I think this beer would pair quite well with a wide range of food. It's an expensive beer, but I'll have to see if I can find this one again.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Slightly hazy in a texture with golden color as a showcase, thick frothy white head builds up with good retention before gradually sinking to thin foamy sheet covering the surface and leaving nice lacing, high visible carbonation.

In a nose, you got juicy, citrus, pear, grassy, grain, spicy, malt as a bready profile, and a hint of yeasty ester.

Intense flavors led by zesty citrus, fruitiness is reminiscent of Belgian’s yeast estery while same time malt taken over with some sweetness and breadiness. Moderate bitterness from hop is at the end where same time it also reveals a herbal, spicy, and peppery notes covering the palate.

The body is medium with nicely smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation through the palate, crisp and refreshing feeling, dry finish.

Not as simple like typical pils but more complexity with good yeast profile and good brewing quality.

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Photo of amano_h
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mojo
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kofukasho
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The 330 ml Nest bottles always left me wanting more so it's good to find this oversized 550 ml one. This variety is actually 8% in strength, and quite a potent but uninspiring brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/2014.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, candied citrus fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus fruit, honey, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable, but showing some age in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of fadeproof
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes more like an IPA then a Pils.

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Photo of torriman
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benesi88
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ahalset
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avwrite
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

I was expecting a darker beer, but it was definetly interesting. It came out almost like a Japanese IPA. Bitterness was there, but nothing compared to what's in the states. Color is a dark amber, no hint of sweetness, good hoppy taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev 0%

1 pint bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Color is a somewhat unusual dark orange, cloudy and topped with a small but persistent amount of white head, around a quarter of an inch. Aroma is unique, full of Sorachi Ace notes (citrus rind, mostly lemon, pineapple, bubblegum, dill) and fruity yeast esters along with a moderate dose of butterscotch-like diacetyl. These fruity and herbal characters translate well on the palate. Quite sweet but with a strong underlying woody and herbal character as well. I am tempted to compare this to a Belgian brew with regards to yeast. There is ample pineapple, clove and coriander spice, citrus, strawberry and a little raspberry, and dried apple/pear flavor with the Sorachi hops (presumably) adding some subtle perfumed lychee fruit that I did not get on the nose. Malts are subdued in favor of the yeast and hops. Moderate to thick body, quite highly carbonated, smooth and drinkable but with a woody bite in the semi-dry finish. One simply cannot escape the Belgian yeast character, which manages to overshadow the malts and distinctive Sorachi hops, although the latter do add their own unique flourishes. Is this really made with lager yeast? If not, how is this beer an imperial pilsener? In any event, another offering from this brewery that offers some unique flavors and that defies any real attempts at categorization.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(purchased at Binny's Beverage, Marcey, CHI - bottle code NI.13.10 - poured into a balloon)

A: fairly clear, orange gold in color... good inch of frothy foam on the pour, falls quick, leaving a thin cap and island of medium-sized bubbles

S: (by now) classic Hitachino fruity yeast profile... not much in the way out front of quintessential Sorachi Ace aromas, maybe a faint trace in the back... fresh 8.5"x11" printer paper... juicy pineapple, orange/lemon zest

T: quite faded Sorachi on the edges... mild spicy bitterness, faint peppery notes in the back... mellow attack of flavors but, nevertheless, vibrant essences of citrus peel... not getting much discernible malt flavor or sweetness - any sweetness, and there's not a ton, seems to be hop/yeast derived - this is fairly dry (and old)

M: smooth and slightly rounded up top, kind of flat with light friction across the tongue on the bottom... what I've come to expect from an age-ed HN

O: other than marketing, I don't understand why you would feature an indigenous malt and hide its potential unique nuances with such distinct yeast characteristics and Sorachi Ace hops on top of that - this ends up tasting like the lot of their light-colored beers (not that that's a bad thing!)... drinking yet another one of these just convinces me that I have to trade for fresher West Coast bottles or visit this place

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Hitachino Nest Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 145 ratings