Hitachino Nest Amber Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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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:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
Wants:
3
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5
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0
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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330 mL bottle, capped, two dates stamped on back label (2004.12.02, 2005.05.02), bottled-on and best-by dates, very considerate.

This amber ale poured a hazy, red amber color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was a pleasant malty aroma with a bit of caramel, a touch of an earthiness, and some hops. The taste was malty but not sweet with good overall hoppiness especially in the middle and finish. There was a faint note of chocolate malt as well as a hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was rather dry with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppiness lingered. This was an easy-drinking amber ale, and it improved as it warmed, but it was not as malty or flavorful as I expected. Thanks to Naerhu for this bottle.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired from the Brewdog webshop some time back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. Unusually dark for an amber ale - a deep reddish-brown hue with considerable haze and low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with hints of caramel and faint pine/citrus. A stale and slightly sulphurous background note; reminiscent of overcooked hops or veg. Flawed.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Hints of roasted grain, biscuity malt, toffee, mild pine notes and stewed hops. A dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. A tad undercarbonated. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter caramel malt.

Quite nice, but nothing amazing. Strangely dark and hazy - makes me wonder what malt was used. Shame about the off-notes in the aroma; these are a real let-down. Taste is pleasant and well balanced, with an emphasis on malt rather than hops. Smooth body, but it could benefit from increased carbonation to add texture. Goes down nicely enough though it fails to stand out from the crowd. Worth trying - just don't turn it into a mission.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour, thin and bubbly white/brown head and slightly cloudy.

Pine, roasted malts smell that is blended with a good caramel arona. Very sweet with a bit of brown sugar as well. The end is more pine and hops with some bitterness.

Caramel and roasted malts to start things off with, followed quickly by some piney hops and bitterness and a lot of sugary sweetness. The taste is rounded off by yet more malts.

Light and smooth with a good bitter hop feel to the drink and a nice, sweet finish and a touch of dryness right at the end.

Quite a nice, light and refreshing beer that was gone almost as quickly as I ordered it. The roasted malts and sweetness worked well and this one was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
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 soulgrowl
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TGS
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Hultkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of interzen
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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