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Hitachino Nest Amber Ale

Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Rich, exquisitely balanced Amber Ale with flavourful roasted malts and aromatic British hops. All-round food beer, great with spicy foods and hearty winter dishes.
Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black  Hops: Chinook, Cascade  Original Gravity: 1.064

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rusos (286) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber colour with almost no head. Aroma is mostly of caramel, sweet, malty, candi, some dried fruits, raisins. Taste is quite hoppy and caramel. Way too bitter for me. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2815) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2015
33cl bb04/2016, konichidiosynkrasie for the excellent extrae. - Luminous auburn pour, luxurious polished furniture. Suave honeyed Maris Otter, tea-dunked madeleine. More black tealeaf bitterness in taste, getting more resinous plus sweet like candied orange pith. Love the cushioned sweet malt profile here against the UK style hop aromatics, with an almost, yes, umami savouriness coming in. Assertive lingering bitterness rounding off this intensely enjoyable Nippon-ESB with an austere bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewtalita (84) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2015
Aroma crystal malt, honey, soya sauce. Palate medium. Taste dry and hoppy, bit more of body here and there and it would be a cool beer. Nice caramel aroma though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (3813) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Dusan & Simona. Lightly medicinal phenolic, other than that hops centered, thin body, high carbonation. Resiny piney hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (478) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2015
Pours pretty dark brown. Aromas are roasty, slightly smoky, nutty. A bit more bitter than I was expecting, with dark malts leaning more towards smoky than roasty. Would like a little smoother carbonation, but altogether a solid amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (355) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 22, 2015
Deep plum aroma. Caramel malt, peach, floral hops, bittersweet finish. Elegant and well-rounded amber ale with quite a Belgian character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle from Theatre of Wine, Greenwich. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Aromas of toffee, burnt caramel, chocolate raisin and black cherry. Flavours of toffee, caramel, dark berries, sweet tobacco. Malt laden finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
petewhitley (426) - Nagoya, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2015
spruce, caramel, coffee, brown, light sweetness, lightly bitter, bitter finish, medium body. Very dark, and bit dirty for an amber ale. Deep forest aroma. Nice balance of sweet/sour upon first taste, but fades into a somewhat unpleasant resiny bitterness. Hard to say if each sip is worth the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4208) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle from Ruprai, Birmingham. Good beer. Spicy, dry, slightly tangy, ruby, ruddy ale. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (5186) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice at home on 10th Sep 2015. Cheers son for winning this for me. Off white topping to a reddy brown body. Malty, yeasty nose, Belgian like in fact. Some hop bitterness arrives in the aroma once the maltiness has elapsed a little, or I got used to it. The taste is also malts first with the hops coming through later, mild yeast presence in the background. Highly carbonated, a little too much for me to be honest, almost ’fizzy’ in nature. Dry finish to the taste, but the hop bitterness does not linger, the malts come strong again towards the end.

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