Hitachino Nest Amber Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Amber AleHitachino Nest Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
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:
#18,648
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
41
pDev:
15.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Photo of OsakaRedbeard
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ingredients: Malts, Hops. Alcohol: 5.0%

I have never seen a beer with such a beautifully red color. Fine long lasting head. Rich, brillant aroma. Brillant long lasting flavor. Outstanding hoppiness. I will have to have another half dozen bottles and then continue this review. Cheers!

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Photo of Mythos82
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark for the style, a shady cherrywood burgundy with brilliant highlights and a tall, resilient, nougaty head. Excellent retention even in a lousy glass.

Smell: Floral, fruity, lightly resinous British hops and lovely roasted malts, nutty and grainy and toasty with a hint of tea and honey. Robust yet balanced.

Taste: Wonderfully roasty, with a full, grainy malt flavor and an even fuller tangy hop bitterness. There's also a fruity edge that reminds me of pineapple. The finish is where this beer really blossoms, where the malts really get nutty and the floral and woody notes of the hops shine through. But even though the finish is bold and grand, it doesn't overstay its welcome. Splendid.

Mouthfeel: Big, full, and voluptuous. Just how I like my women. I mean... beer.

Drinkability: This beer is awesome. It's a shame they don't export it so more people could try it.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but somewhat clear brown with huge tan head. Roasted malts in the aroma. Flavor is of roasted malts and has medium bitterness. Really good Amber with a perfect touch of bitterness for my taste. Wondering why it's relatively hard to find. At least in the Los Angeles Area.

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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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Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Chrith
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 basica
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a opaque dark amber color with a thin tan-white head with some lacing (4)

S - The nose revealed some brown sugar sweetness, caramel malts, dark fruits and some piney hops (4)

T - Sweet caramel malts upfront revealing a slightly dark fruity middle with some dates or plums and a pleasantly hoppy and lightly bitter finish. Very interesting taste profile; the front and middle felt a tad like a light Belgian dubbel though the hoppiness at the back showed to be an American Amber (4)

M - Between light to medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation tinge; very slightly syrupy yet generously foamy texture allows the beer to go down pleasantly smooth. (4)

D - Tasty and easy drinking; fairly well balanced as well very drinkable and sessionable; I would definitely have this one on my cards (4.5)

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

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

had this on tap at great japan beer festival 2008:

a: dark amber/brown withdecent off-white head and a little laceage

s: coffee and tofee malts as well as piney hops

t: toffee malts dominant; good hoppy punch

m: creamy w/ light carb

d: solid amber with a great blend of warm caramel and hoppy bitter

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

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KevinTK
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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