Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale
Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai AleHitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,299
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,471
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.66%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
168
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Kiuchi Brewery
 
Japan
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Hitachino Nest Dai Dai AleHitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale
Notes: Hitachino Nest DaiDai is a very unique brew, “Kiuchi/Hitachino” philosophy with highly focused notes of orange/mandarin, quite dry in the finish. Kiuchi Brewery uses a special, very rare type of orange called “Fukure Mikan”
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Photo of Thamilton
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Hitachino glass I was given with the beer. This is a very balanced. More of what we’d call a Pale Ale in the states, the subtle hops come at the end. Blood orange and very nice bitterness that fades to a pretty clean finish though the malt lingers. This wins the technical award for sure, very Japanese. Wish it wasn’t so rare or expensive, otherwise it would be my go to beer for the fridge.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly hazy amber color, quarter finger white head, decent thing lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops.

T: Hoppy, malty. Bitter on the back end.

F: Light bodied, yet plenty of flavor.

O: An old school IPA.

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Photo of MikeInWashington
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first time I had this was when I was at a little bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. After having an uneventful IPA, I saw this and wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the aroma and taste. As someone who drinks IPA, this was a gem of a find. The next time I am in Vegas I'll be surely looking to have this again.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pale chestnut, slightly cloudy, pours with 5mm white head that recedes to lacing.
S- Subtle orange zest is all I get.
T- I taste the orange but it's done with subtlety (typical Japanese) so it fits within a balanced profile than over-dominating. A quite deep though equally under-stated richness builds on the finish bringing a balance.
F- Hoppy dry, it fits a somewhat more contemporary vs traditional profile. Good carbonation in the mouth.
O- I've huge respect for this brewery. It's also typically Japanese that they borrow something from another culture (western in the case of beer) and seek to perfect it. I cannot imagine many breweries that could produce a beer containing orange that I'd drink again; but the 'Owl's Nest' have managed it again. That said, being slightly to the fruity/hoppy side it might work better for me in summer than winter. ps. FWIW: Description^ lists it as 6.2%, the bottle lists it as 6.0%.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 £2.69/330ml bottle BB 08/19.

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Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Kyatchi Mpls.. it pours a dark golden color with a white head. Smell and taste was malt forward with orange peel and citrus hops in the background. More malty and fruity with orange rind than hoppy.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper, light haze, half inch head.
Hoppy citrus peel on the nose.
Rich and creamy, medium to full bodied, hop and citrus peel.
Overall, decently smooth IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from A 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi clear Amber color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and malt. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (or was it 33cl?) for $5.99. Orange color. Aroma is sweet oranges, hints of bread. Bready flavor with notes of orange. Not much hoppiness to speak of so IPA might be a stretch but a decent beer.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muted copper and a full, soap bubble head that falls to a thin layer in a minute.
Peach, orange, butterscotch on the nose.
Butterscotch is right - sweeter on the palate than expected. Some tangerine, and the pitch right along with it. Finish is bitter resin and pine needles, lingering.
A two dimensional IPA, two sweet for my liking, but some may enjoy the tangerine/orange notes.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, one finger head.

Smells of banana, citrus, cloves, caramel, bread, apples.

Very grassy taste. slight bitterness. Bread, mostly. Apples, caramel.

Smooth, no carbonation and light body.

Eh. I mean, the smell is terrific, very rich, but the taste doesn't really follow through. And the mouthfeel really isn't all that great either. Still enjoyable though.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Good looking hazy orange amber hue with nice foamy white head that stays with good retention before gradually subsiding to some foamy sheet atop as well as several sticky lacing patches on the glass-side, carbonation seems to be high that actively pushes the sediment flexes floating around.

Orange candy, mellow grapefruit, apricot, some spice, and earthiness, all of these aromas are derived from hops while malt is there too with notes of caramel and sweet breadiness from the used of Munich malt.

Led by sweet breadiness and caramel from malt as a starter, hop closely chases with notes of big grapefruit and orange candy. The orange character here is unlike other IPAs, I guess because of the used of unique and rare type of orange called “Fukure Mikan”. In the middle, there it is spiciness and some nuttiness to add some depths while the end is hop again to wrap up with mild bitterness that is also lingered as an aftertaste.

The body is medium with good crisp from rather high carbonation generating nice smoothness and refreshing feel through the palate, dry finish.

Oh yes pretty good IPA especially when it comes from Hitachino, there are some unique characters that are worth to mention and try.

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Photo of MFMB
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal flavors on the nose, a bit of citrus and grass. Taste of light citrus and pine with a bit of sweet malt and grasses. Possibly a touch of raw honey. Lighter body almost session like. It was good not great. A beer that is stuck between styles but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, copper with a moderate, loose head that disappeared immediately. No lacing. Looks fizzy and artificially carbonated. Doesn't look good.

Nose is pleasant but not distinctive.

Palate took me slightly by surprise with a touch of honey in the malt and the orange/mandarin prevalent in the drying finish. I found the bitterness low for an IPA. Lacking complexity

Mouth surprisingly good. Quite full.

Overall is pleasant. I can't recommend it to fans of IPA's because it's not an IPA. It's not an American IPA (whatever that is) either. But I'd recommend it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, well, chill-hazed, amber color with a rather large, nearly white, head. Sadly, it does not sustain but retreats to a clumpy film without leaving any lace.
Smell is sweet, caramel, hops, bread and green wood notes. Hints of malt dance around the edges of the nasal passages. The balance is quite good.
Taste is a well balanced mix of hop, caramel, bread, orange pith and grassy notes.
Light-ish body, restrained effervescence (though it must be noted, I bought this bottle 10 months ago) and a dry finish with some warming in the chest. All said, a fine IPA indeed.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £3.45 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, dark, golden-orange coloured body with a modest amount of fine, fast rising, visible carbonation. A one-finger in height, light, bubbly, white head reduces quickly to a thin film and collar that leaves a small amount of spotty lacing on the glass.

The light nose is predominantly led by pale, slightly sweet, grainy malts, orange peel and traces of honey. Also noticeable in the background are hints of mildly bitter floral, citric and grassy hop profiles. The taste follows suit, leading with lightly toasted malts and crisp sweet grains, before a bitter-sweet marmalade-like profile builds. Sweet, juicy orange, bitter rinds and citric oils combine with floral perfume notes, orange blossom and honey sweetness throughout the long mid-palate. In the mouth, the light to medium body and sharp, lively carbonation gives a refreshingly crisp, dry and tart feel. Subtle grassy hops enter towards the finish, bringing a light bitterness to cancel out a small amount of residual sweetness and give a quick, clean and slightly astringent finish.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s clean, crisp and refreshing, but ultimately I was hoping for/ expecting more intensity from those speciality Fukure Mikan Wild Mandarins. At £3.45 a bottle it’s also a tad expensive. I can’t see myself picking up another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Tria Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with bright marmalade edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention taking a while to settle and leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Floral, slightly earthy hop aroma with a strong citrus/tropical fruit presence and pale malt backbone. Some grass, pine needle and subtle resins followed by grapefruit and prominent citrus sweetness. Strong orange peel, curaçao and blood orange character along with some mango and citrus zest. This is countered by a caramel malt backbone with hints of toffee, biscuit and cracker. Strong citrus peel is nice but the earthier hop notes are muted.

Fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and strong earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the prominent citrus fruit sweetness and malt backbone into a slightly dry, boozy finish. Bitterness and earthier hop notes stand out more so than in the aroma with grassy pine needle and dank, resinous oils. This is again countered by prominent citrus sweetness with orange peel, clementine and curaçao zest. Malt backbone is stronger than expected but doesn't interfere too much with the hop profile with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit. Slight boozy heat in the finish but overall the high ABV is well masked making this unique beer easy to drink.

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Photo of FLima
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin off-white head with medium retention.
Aroma wit notes of tangerine, caramel malt and figs.
Predominant flavor with notes of tangerines, orange peel, ginger, candy, lemon, nutmeg and a bit of toasted malts. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Somewhat plain American IPA, but with nice tangerinish notes. I would beef up hops to make this more refreshing, balance and interesting.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark orange golden colour. Small head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing left on the glass.Aromas of oranges, yeast, fruity candy, nice but not very strong smell.Flavor starts with sweet orange and citrus, the hops are present but not overwhelming as they are counteracted by the sweet citrus and malts.

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Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definite amber colour, light haze, thick almost creamy head disperses quickly.

aroma of caramel and citrus notably orange, no surprise there.

Flavour is similar to dark toffee with a strong citrus note, lingering bitter after taste, not that it is unpleasant.

Completely different to an american or European IPA, yet delicious in its own way.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral and citrus, fruity notes, and some caramel malt.

T: Toasty malt, floral notes, citrus, orange, fruity notes, a little spice, and a little malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For what was billed as an orange IPA this one is disappointing. Too malty, the orange really doesn't shine like I expected.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle printed 09.14

Pours into a fluted tulip glass with little fanfare, less than a finger of foam. Delicate lacing and surface skim that breaks after the first few sips.

Aroma is mostly bready caramel malt. Wishing for more of this rare orange mentioned, but alas.

Taste is similar, mainly malty with a faded citrus peel, and a firm hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and malty with a light sweetness up front that rapidly segues into a lasting bitterness. Overall I might try this in tap but will probably avoid bottles in the future unless it's very fresh.

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Photo of PGD120
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: medium copper color, translucent with some particulates and slight visible carbonation and a 2 finger fluffy white head.

Aroma: sweet citrus hippy smell, some sweet maltiness, yeast

Taste: sweet citrus at first, little bit of slightly toasted malt flavor, but mostly sweet and citrus. The orange flavor comes in big. Little yeast flavor at the end.

Feel: slight lingering carbination very dry.

Overall: it's unique. Basically what happens when a Japanese brewery makes an American ipa, but I like it. Nice ipa for people that don't like too hoppy beers or people that want something different.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/2013.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of honey, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting tea, honey, and citrus qualities that are still tasting solid after over a year since this one was bottled.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma includes some soft but distinct pine and orange peel. The body is clear and bright copper with a frothy, off-white head with moderate retention. The flavor at first is quite sweet, with a good tart bite from the orange and hop acidity. The resin-like hop flavor follows, and the orange lingers into the finish with some bready malt sweetness. There is a good amount of carbonation which contributes to the medium body; there's just a little bite from the carbonation and a touch of dryness from the alcohol.

Overall quite tasty and drinkable. The orange peel is a welcome addition to the otherwise bitter and resiny hops. The flavor has a good deal of complexity as well, shifting from orange to pine to malt with each sip. The 6.2% ABV is skillfully masked as well.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An orange beer, appropriately orange. Respectable head, fine in texture but short in lifespan. Aroma is a symphony of orange: candied, burnt, fresh, bitter, sweet. Marmalade-on-toast-y. There's an herbal aspect, a hint of mellow carnation/geranium-like flowers, and a pleasantly sweet-smelling malt background as well.

Smooth, balanced, and delectably – but not overpoweringly – orangey. Something about this reminds me of Campari orange, but it isn't that sweet. Mostly it comes from an interplay of fresh orange with a more bitter, complex orange-and-herb profile, I suppose. There's a hint of thyme and honey that reminds me of Meyer lemon, some subtle spice that reminds me of cola, and a perfect fizzy yet soft mouthfeel to carry the robust yet subdued flavor. Think of Japanese Classic Ale, but subtract the cedar, and add orange.

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Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 168 ratings