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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Pale AleHitachino Nest Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-27-2002

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2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very disappointing brew. The hops almost tasted oxidized, but it just had a lot of woody taste to it. Quite malty and I had a real hard time with the herbal, woody, cardboard flavor that the beer had. There was a decent sweet caramel malt backbone to the beer, and the hops are certain times have redeeming qualities though.

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2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, to be fair, Im not a fan of Japanese beer. This Japanese beer however, is pretty decent. It is your typical ale style lager beer. Tastes like any American/Euro beer. This beer is light in color, looks very average as far as carbonation and head. Aroma is hoppy and undistinguishable. Definitely not worth the $4.89 for a 12 oz bottle I paid.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really didn't know what to make of this beer, but I wasn't terribly impressed with it. It seemed to me to be more cedar-y than hoppy, and while it was a bit unique, I thought the red rice and ginger beer from Hitachino are much more novel. It didn't satisfy my hop-craving side, but it also didn't score highly with me on the "new & novel" attribute.

Appearance was a darkish amber color, with a good amount of head. Aroma was cedar-y like a cigar humidor. Flavor was some hops, but I really got more woody notes than anything. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. Not bad, but not as good as some other Hitachino beers I had alongside the Pale Ale.

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3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This seemed like an interesting beer that I picked up at my local bottle shop. It was aged in cedar barrels that were used for making sake.

The beer poured a deep amber with a slight bit of head. The nose was of woody cedar and a good amount of earthyness. The flavors were similar. There was a lot of earthy cedar in the taste with little hop for a pale ale. As I drank on, I detected the zip of black pepper on the tongue. The finish was rather dry and drinkability was average.

NOTE: As I poured my beer it appeared that a "snot-like" substance came out. It was most unappealing. I removed it and finished the beer. Cedar sediment?

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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv. listed at 5.5% Pours out a hazed light amber hue, with a short creamy off-white head.

Mild bready malt on the nose, hints of toast, along with mild dry earthy and herbal hops.

Toasty, bready malt up front in the flavour, balanced out with dry spicy, mild herbal hops on the finish. Tends to have spikes of sweetness off and on.

Medium-full mouthfeel, perhaps from some under-attenuation, smooth creamy texture, with moderate spritzy carbonation.

Walks the line of an English Pale Ale quite well, the key word here is "mild" when it comes to delivering the goods.

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Hitachino Nest Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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