Hitachino Nest Pale Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Naerhu
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ingredients: malts, hops.
330 ml bottle, 5% alcohol

This beer is proof that the gods love us. Jumpingly aromatic. Deep wonderful flavor, with light orange peel bitterness. I am a convert. I have to admit while drinking this beer, it was so delicious that I drank the whole bottle, before I could scratch its surface and really analyze its beauty. The only reason I did not rate this a 5.0 for flavor is because I prefer a more hoppy pale ale.

Made: 14 Dec. 2002
Consumed: 27 Dec. 2002
Exp. 14 Feb. 2003

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Photo of BierManVA
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a delicious English Pale Ale! The aromatics and flavor of this bier are wonderful. The head on this thing was solid merengue. Beautifully carbonated...The flavors and aroma match perfectly, balanced, fruity and floral. Almost belgian-like.

I was unfamiliar with this product and thank Pat (patandavid) for this great bier. i will be looking for it w/o a doubt.

John

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Photo of GuidedByVoices
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid, peachy cinnamon brown, dark for the style, with a good deal of smoggy tan sediment adding a layer of haze. Head is off-white and fair-sized with good retention.

Smell: Yummy. Fresh, green, herbal hops blended perfectly with fruity, toasty, buckwheaty malts and a light dollop of diacetyl. Unexpected tropical (banana, mango) and citric (lemon, orange) notes come through, as does a bit of clove and funky umami from the yeast.

Taste: Gorgeous. One of the toastiest, whole-grainiest malt profiles I've ever tasted, wrapped in a fresh, herbal and lightly lemony hop blanket. Yeast provides unexpected Belgian-esque earthy and lightly tart notes. Finish is bittersweet, with a lingering toffee sweetness balanced by the dry weight of hops.

Mouthfeel: This is a tad thin, which isn't fair to the robust flavor. Still, the carbonation is just right, and the finish is nice and clean.

Drinkability: This is awesome. If only it weren't so expensive, this would definitely be a fridge beer for me. I was sad when I reached for my glass and discovered that it was empty.

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Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber colored brew with a light tan head.

Smell: Malt, caramel, butter.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt with hints of smoke. Nice, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew. Good consistency for a pale ale. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty and drinkable pale ale. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of vaughtex
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of sephyrott
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

~12 oz brown glass bottle, capped, with bottled-on date stamped on label.

This pale ale poured a hazy orange-amber color (if the sediment was poured) with sudsy, light yellow-tan foam that clung to the glass as it settled. The smell was a nice floral and lightly piney hops aroma with some malt balanced in. The taste was sharply hoppy with drying, bitter hoppiness. The flavor was well balanced between hops and malt. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth and crisp with medium body and modest carbonation. A very pleasant feel to this pale ale. This was a nicely drinkable pale ale -- easy to drink and refreshing. Thaks to Naerhu for this bottle.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into straight pint glass.

A: Amber color with a light tan head and minimal lacing.

S: Caramel and malt.

T: Sweet malt and caramel with a lightly smoky after taste.

M: Medium carbonation with a nice dry finish and no bitterness.

O: Nice English pale from Kiuchi. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Cafe Barley in Nishinomiya, one of the best beer bars I've been to. Nice copper body, vibrant with a fluffy, soft head. Gentle hop aromas, slightly tropical but mostly grapefruity. Touch of caramel maltiness out back. On the palate it's well rounded with forward malty bitterness and a solid finish. Really nice pale ale. Would be happy to drink it anytime.

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Photo of inspektor
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Popeye's in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Overall, even for being a pale ale, I have to say this is my least favorite Hitachino i've had. Even on tap, the smell was a bit bland and the taste followed that trend. Better than many pale ales, of course, but falls short of even a Bass or Sierra Nevada (both amazing beers, too, of course). I enjoyed this beer, but I have no exact memorable tidbits about it. If you like Hitachino and you are trying them all like Pokemon, collect this one and just say you experienced it (like I am).

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Photo of Norseman
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MrDell
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. ABV is stated as 5.5%. Purchased from the Brewdog webshop. I like the owl emblem that this brewery uses on all their beers.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Bottle-conditioned. A hazy orange-amber with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with notes of mild hoppy citrus and dry yeast.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. Slightly sweet. Notes of caramel, dry yeast and subtle citrus. A faint carbonic acidity in the background, followed by a crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, prickly and dry. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of malt and bitter hops.

Not bad - a decidedly drinkable pale ale. Wouldn't have minded if the aromatic hops were amped-up slightly, but the malt character and balance are good. A decent beer for my first foray into Japanese craft. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Writing as I drink.

Poured a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass. Poured a nice coppery brown with a good fluffy off-white/beige head. Fetaind quite well. Some lacing.

Nice nose. Lots of biscuit, malty aromas, caramel.

Palate is OK. MIld hop bitterness and fairly well balanced.

Mouth is a little thin. Carbonation quite high.

Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of jcubz
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Different. Lemony taste that lingers

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Photo of Momon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tonton
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JMUduke
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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