Hitachino Nest Amber Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Amber AleHitachino Nest Amber Ale
BA SCORE
68.3%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 41 ratings
Hitachino Nest Amber AleHitachino Nest Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,406
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
41
Liked:
28
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
15.18%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - it's been a long while since I've stared into the equally staring eyes of the Nest Beer Owl.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly pale tan head, which leaves some dissolving ice floe lace around the glass as it genially subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a tinge of biscuity toffee, muddled dark orchard fruity notes, an ethereal lost in translation yeastiness, and some musty, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, warm toffee pudding, a still hard to parse black stone fruitiness, and more testy leafy, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly forward in its somewhat aggressive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the hops seem to have more sway here that I might have imagined. It finishes off-dry, the malt not really letting up, as the hop kiddies flail and fret about.

Overall, this is certainly the most American-style version of, well, anything that I have ever had from this brewery. I'm hardly getting any of that foreign yeasty character that I associate with Japanese offerings, which, for this camper, is typically a turn-off. So, um, good, I guess.

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Photo of TGS
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled
Pours a cherry stain dark red body
with big foaming off white head
Aroma is part red liquorice and part mixed veg juice
Treacle flavour with red lace notes
Nice carb
Good red ale actually

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with not much of a head. What head does form disappears very quickly. (Not amber at all)

Nose is hoppy with some caramel and dark fruit.

Palate is interesting - quite fruity and malty with a distinct bitterness at the end. A little bit of coffee as well. Quite well balanced.

Mouth is ok if a little watery.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Something a little bit different. I'm really confused by a lot of Japanese beer branding and marketing though. It feels like they try to be too clever when they should be keeping it simple, focussing less on marketing and hype and more on the product.

Recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of kofukasho
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As far as Japanese amber ales go it's not quite up there with Minami Shinshu, but it's a satisfying, fragrant ale nonetheless.

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Photo of interzen
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Definitely more coppery than amber - quite dark with no haze or sediment to speak of. Thin white head which disappears pretty quickly to a (very) thin layer of foam and not a lot else.

Smell: Not a lot going on, even after standing for a while - very faint hint of hops and a hint of malt and dark fruit. Hard to pick out anything significant though.

Taste: Interesting transition from hops to malt and fruit to hops again - the taste is, thankfully, more prominent and varied than the smell. There's a fairly hoppy start after which the dark fruits and malt/yeast flavours kick in before giving way to a dry, hoppy finish. All in all a fairly complex flavour profile.

Feel: Hoppy to begin with, smoothing out fairly quickly. Lack of carbonation means that it feels a bit flat.

Overall: Interesting, definitely interesting. Not quite as hoppy as I've grown to like but not bad as amber ales go, although it could do with a bit more carbonation to give it a bit of punch. Unfortunately, it's just one amber in a field of many and being from Japan isn't enough to make it stand out from the crowd - worth trying if you come across it but not really worth a special effort to hunt down.

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Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of torriman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's plenty of fresh, spicy pine in the aroma along with some grapefruit; a bit of toffee and bread crust appear after a minute or so. Pours a light tan head with fair retention; the body is reddish brown. The flavor is dominated by resiny bitterness, pinewood, and grapefruit with a touch of orange rind. The malt is definitely secondary but does appear predominantly in the finish with a nutty and bread-like character. In the mouthfeel is some alcohol warming and a medium-light body with crisp, spritzy carbonation.

Very delicious and satisfying. The malt is clearly overpowered by the hops, putting this one in a gray area between American amber and IPA. The malt appears almost as an afterthought but perhaps rounds off the intensity of the hop bittering to produce a potent but drinkable brew. The hop bitterness is neither excessive nor harsh; and the malt, while subtle, adds a little depth and smoothness to the flavor.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of yesno1011
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TokyoCO
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought in Japan poured into a goblet.

A: Dark, almost black on the top with a small head that dissipated quickly. More dark reddish on the bottom.

S: mhhm.. Dark fruits, fig, maple, cherry, slight hops. This smells awesome!

T: Starts off surprisingly hoppy, followed by dark fruits and malts. The finish is quite long and is filled with malts and fruits especially the fig.

M: Hoppy and tingly initially becomes smother.

O: A great amber. The hops are definently there and the dark fruits are really nice, will look for it again!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mythos82
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 68.3% out of 100 with 41 ratings
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