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Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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”

Added by TokyoCO on 07-07-2013

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3.74
pDev:
29.68%
 
 
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Photo of Everydayoff
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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 dikebrewery
3.44/5  rDev -8%
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 -8.8%
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 +8.8%
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 -14.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -6.1%
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 +12.8%
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 +17.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.9%
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 -3.2%
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 +17.1%
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 +16.6%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Bright amber with a clear body & visible carbonation. The head was 0.25cm & turned patchy after a few seconds.

Strong smell of oranges, almost overpowering with some wheat and a little sweetness. I could detect some hops although not many & touches of bitterness plus various background fruits rounded things off.

Dominated by a strong orange presence that also hints at some alcohol. Some yeast, a little wheat & some bitterness make an appearance alongside some subtle hops & a perfume like flavour that seemed quite floral.

Smooth with a medium body and light medium carbonation, this one is slightly sweet & some hints of alcohol also feature.

Fairly average beer & definitely wasn't on of their better offerings, the beer just seemed to be dominated by the orange smell & flavour and despite being labelled as an IPA I would be more inclined to put it down as a fruit beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different kind of aroma than I expected, with hops, citrus, and malt as well.

T: Tasted of light hops (light for an American IPA), citrus (orange), a graininess, and big shot of malt in the finish. This is kind of an odd flavor. It certainly isn't in keeping with the tenets of the style, but really just produces an flavor that I can't explain.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is just a strange kind of beer. The flavor combinations are not bad, but aren't overly noteworthy either. An uneven brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/mandarin oranges sweetness over a light grainy malt.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy and pale malts with a light presence of slightly spicy yeast. There is a moderate to strong flavor of mandarin oranges though without the associated citrus acidity - maybe slightly sweet. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Enjoyable but without a strong hop presence - maybe more of an English IPA than an American IPA but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink and refreshing, I enjoy the way it showcases the mandarin oranges.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of tang, slight sweet malt, slight sour, hint of alcohol, and slight funk. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, slight yeast, slight hop, and a hint of tartness. Overall, good appearance, great aroma (fresh, complex, and well blended), good body, and good blend.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(purchased at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits, chilled - bottle code DA.13.08 - poured into a balloon)

A: mostly clear, amber-orange liquid, with a mild haze and specks of (I presume) hop sediment floating about... tall stand of open-structured, spongy foam... minimal lacing

S: fragrant burst of exotic citrus... interplay of waxy, balm-like and perfumy, candy-coating aromas... idiosyncratic Kiuchi phenolic thread - a mix between the gummy, decomposing inner skin of an hours-old grapefruit and the inside of a beach-worn clam shell... the hops don't jump out, the variety of which (isn't listed on their site) were likely chosen to match and compliment the nuances of the local citrus added

T: not a hell of a lot different than their other lighter-colored ales - perhaps a creamy grapefruit in the finish... mild, perfumy spice... juicy oranges and subtle, slick, lightly candy-sweet malt - reminds me of a fizz-less San Pellegrino (a mix between the grapefruit or the blood orange)... very low bitterness, enough to balance though

M: clean and on the lighter side - almost like drinking a filtered, delicately-carbonated citrus juice... actually, it does have a pleasant, thinly-syrupy roundness - similar to a liqueur without the heavy booze cutting through - that seems concentrated or suspended in a pocket of gel, able to be held on the tongue for however long, then able to simply vanish rolling down the throat, leaving behind only a modest, softly acidic, alcohol warmth... invitingly dry

O: I don't know if this will strike anyone as an 'American IPA'... it almost tastes more like a cocktail (or flavored soda water, apparently)... their beers have a recognizable, consistent flavor profile - one that's delicious fresh... very well made, distinctive stuff

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy golden yellow-amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some yeast particles suspended near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mandarin oranges are present in the nose.
T: The taste prominently features flavors of oranges—most likely from the Fukure Mikan mandarin orange peels. There are underlying hints of pale malts and yeast and only slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has faint bits of crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is listed as an "Indigenous Pale Ale (iPA)" but doesn't have much in the way of hop bitterness that you would expect from an IPA, even an English IPA. I'm assuming this is because it uses mild Tardif de Bourgogne hops. Nonetheless, it has interesting aromas and flavors of oranges.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows sweet malt, orange peel, soft spices, woody notes and incense. Different.
Interesting flavours too. Alcohol, sweet malt and a woody incence note again. Finishes with an assertive bitterness but little of the way in hop flavours.
Needs more carbonation, feels watery.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 3/4 inch head with a clean light orange amber color. Notice lots if sediment and white particles which is very cool. Smells clean and fresh with just a hint of orange peel. Tastes very clean and fresh and goes down smoothly. Overall a nice beer that's perfect for spring and summer.

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Photo of superspak
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled in 9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, bread, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, slight pine, and yeast earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, lemon zest, tangerine, pear, apple, biscuit, cracker, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasantly balanced malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English IPA. Good balance of malt, hop, orange peel, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai - IPA (6.2%) - Kuchi Brewing Co. (Japan)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours a deep amber approaching pumpkin orange. One finger slightly off white head settles fast, leaving no lacing but a small ring of head around the edge of the glass. Lots of sediment, not sure if this is the orange peel or the beer is bad. It's about 5 months out of date...

Smell: Slightly floral and fruity in the nose, with some odd malt aromas that oddly enough smell a little like miso. Little bit of spice and orange coming through.

Taste: Wow, really complicated brew. Was a little reticent based on the appearance, but it definitely doesn't taste spoiled. Intense dried apricot flavor dominates the foretaste, which is lightly sweet and delicate. Tons of dried orange and yellow fruit flavors in here such as peaches and dried mango. Orange blossom comes through slightly with some medium hops bitterness that isn't particularly flavorful but balances out the sweetness. Just a hint of diacetyl. Not really what I would consider and IPA, as the hops don't play front and center, but overall a very interesting and well crafted brew. There's a flavor lurking in the background here that I haven't encountered before.

Mouth: Carbonation is medium with a little bit of a stinging character with a slight lingering flavor that is both sticky and dry simultaneously.

Home tasting, 11.2oz bottle into Snifter. 1/27/14.

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Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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