Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia | Kiuchi Brewery

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46 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

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
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is bomb, a really drinkable brew, sort of an ale and lager hybrid, pale but somewhat more dense looking than others. i wish i could taste this special barley a little more than i can, it tastes like really fresh pale two row base malt, maybe a little starchiness to it, but im not necessarily tasting a new grain, unlike some of their other exotic grain beers that are more distinctive. the hops though are awesome, my favorite strain, and this is a cool expression of them. always seems to be ipa or saison with the sorachi ace, but here in this blonde beer, they really stand out in a new way, without bitterness from hops or sweetness from grain. uninhibited sorachi ace hops is a wonderful thing if you have never experienced it, and this is about as good as i have seen that done. fuller bodied than anticipated, maybe a product of the special grain. carbonation is on point, and its nice and dry. the sorachi puts lemon oil notes into this, lemongrass, mild tang, refreshing and awesome. these guys make some incredibly interesting beers. i wanted more from the unique japanese barley, but i like the beer as a whole an awful lot.

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers that is simple and light and yet just hit the spot for me. Poured a straw colored golden body with one finger head and lace. Aroma is mild hops with a citric vibe as well as some earthiness. While the beer is light bodied and finishes crisp, the hops are subtle and this beer actually gives off some candy like sweetness and the balance between citric, earthy hops and this somewhat sugary sweetness is great. I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise and a nice session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woosterbill
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Cask Republic.

A: Very slightly hazed straw-colored body under a delicate head of ultra-fine white foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad at all.

S: Whoa, that's a little crazy. Ginger, lemongrass, juniper, and lime. Very herbal, citrusy, and fragrant. Really delightful.

T: Huh. Different here, with some cotton candy and marzipan sweetness ahead of some bready malt and a lemony, mildly bitter finish. A little too heavy on the aftertaste. Sweeter than I'd like, but tasty.

M: Medium body, nice creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Fascinating beer, and I can only imagine that if the keg hadn't been tapped for a week already it would have been crisper and more like the amazing aroma.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is nothing to indicate (on the bottle) that this is a double or imperial pilsner. The label merely states "Pilsner". Mayhaps the Bros have more info on this than the bottle presents.

Pours a bright golden color with a full inch of foamy white head atop. Head drops fairly quickly, receding to a scattered clumping of thin, bubbly foam. Some intermittent lacing remains.
Smell is fairly typical of pilsners, saltines, some hops (peppery & citrus), a bit of malt. Balance is pretty good.
Taste is a step up from most of the others of this style I've had, although it is my least favorite style, by far. Notes of peppery hops, light citrus, crackers, dirt & grass. Solidly balanced.
A little more than medium on the body. Effervescence is not as pronounced as with others of the style, a good thing in my book. Dry finish. If you're gonna drink a pilsner, this would be a good one to reach for.

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2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Technobabylon. Odd tasting brew, with lots of what may be described as strange flowers in it. Saturates. May be because of excess of sorachi ace? Zesty too

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DamienI
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia from Kiuchi Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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