Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia | Kiuchi Brewery

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3.9/5
Very Good
50 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Ancient NipponiaHitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
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Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."

Malt: Kaneko Golden
Hops: Sorachi Ace
Alcohol Vol: 8.0%
Color: Golden Yellow

Won a Bronze Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2012 in category 5D "Other International Style Lager Packaged".

Added by woosterbill on 07-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,173
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
50
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was given a .5l bottle of this to try, seeing as I work for a Japanese based company. The bottle is black insinuating a very dark beer, but after pouring into a german hefe styled glass was shown a very hefe colored and cloudyish beer. Very interesting indeed. My wife noticed it first, but the beer has a bit of flotsam in it. Most likely due to a nonfiltering pass. This does not seem to hamper the overall score as I have no fear of the unfiltered beers. The smell is represetative of a German hefeweisen, as is the color. The taste however is a bit bitey for lack of a better term. It hits the tast buds hard and strong, but goes away with no lingering aftertaste. I would not go searching another, but when available will not avoid it. It is slightly above average and fairly drinkable, but money can be spent on more superior beer.

A: straw colored, unfiltered hefeweisen looking
S: similar to a wheat beer smell. Good smell.
T: it hits hard and strong with no lingering aftertaste
M: same as above...
D: I could drink more than one.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know Kiuchi brewery from JP, and remember them for their awesome - and not so common style - brews. This one has always been a kind of a mystery for me, what this could be like, until I finally managed to buy it.
And right after popping the bittle open I knew I made no mistake. Looks amazingly rich golden amber. Smells like - what? Grains, crops, beans? But the taste knocked me out. Amazingly complex, don't know where to start taking it apart. This rich barley grain taste is really intensive, then behind this wall you find normal malts, slightly sweet but the forefront just makes it really different. Bready, toasty, like japanese genmai brown rice? I love it. I feel hints of hops somewhere, but now that I'm trying to catch them they slip away and let the grains thump you into the ground. The ancient Kaneko Golden barley and Sorachi Ace combo - this is a true rarity indeed. And perhaps that's the most appropriate word for it - you definitely feel that you're drinking a rarity, like a vintage wine. Amazing. It is like going to eat japanese at a ryokan or where they serve you food from the best ingredients, this is it. For those who have been or lived in Japan, this will be more than just a phenomenal brew.
If you ever felt that it was a pity that you opened a beer for it is just too good for the occassion, for it being simply too good - THIS is such a beer. For sure.

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Smells of hearty bread, sweet modified malt, and flowery, peachy hops. Appears a cloudy, deep amber with a pale, cream-hued head. The flavor has a solid foundation of hearty grains and considerably bitter, somewhat peachy hops. Feels creamy and full-bodied with just a little fizz.

This is one of the more unique-tasting beers I've had. Seems like the barley does most of the work, giving it a firm, hearty aroma and flavor, while the hops line the malt with plenty of bitter, peachy flavor. The 8.0% alcohol hides well in the bitterness and grainy flavor.

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Pours a dense, foamy white head that has excellent retention and laces readily. A great, bright (lemon) citrus aroma; this smells absolutely amazing. Radiant gold color; crystal clear. Starts with a lemon-citrus hop bitterness; a flash of grainy hop. This intensifies to a medium bitterness, with the citrus flavors intensifying in tandem. Dry finish as the citrus hop bitterness lingers.

This is really, really good. I love this one. It's a fascinating hop adventure, and I can't recommend it enough. Kiuchi Brewery makes some consistently wonderful brews.

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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 50 ratings