Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Ibaraki, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black  Hops: Chinook, Cascade  Original Gravity: 1.064

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (635) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
Pours a deep chestnut with an off white head. Strong malty smell. Taste is a nice bitter but smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ej (615) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
Light coppery, caramel notes and light malty. taste is somewhat sweet but nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (535) - NORWAY - SEP 27, 2013
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Ravfarget. Tynt lag med hvitt skum. Lavt karbonert. Smaker frukt,vannmelon,coctailbær,malt,karamell,humle. En merkelig øl, men god

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Draft - I’m hoping that this keg just didn’t travel well. It was not pretty. The aroma was that of vinegar. A beige head of medium-sized bubbles atop a deep amber body. There was more vinegar in the flavor, but some malt. There was a reason that this was marked down to $1.25 for a half pint and $2 for a full pint. I knew there was, but tried it anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2011
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 30th, 2011.
Sweet malt aroma. Caramel with hay notes in the background. Rich and sweet taste with a pronounced hop bitterness. Dried fruits and some grass in the taste. Appears quite nice and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Dark amber-brown color, ample tan-colored head composed of micro-bubbles and some larger "soapy" bubbles. A good amount of lacing on the glass developed as I drank this one. Surprisingly big flavors of malt, balanced by ample hops and a definite coffee-like presence. Hints of cocoa and dark-roasted grains underneath. Smooth, silky mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Just enough carbonation to create a prickly sensation on the tongue, but not too much. An amazingly satisfying brew--this one will be my go-to beer from Hitachino for awhile. Just awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
Another one on tap at the brewery (!) Light, small bubbles in the head. Body a slightly lighter shade of the same deep amber of the pale ale. Again, as with the pale ale, the brewers at Kiuchi have not been shy with the darker roasted malts. The palate is slightly crisper than the pale ale, which is pleasant. The hops here again are not really fruity at all so much as a darker, burnt coffee sort of bitter. Not bad, just very dark for the style. Perhaps Hitachino Nest has taken a cue from Tanizaki’s essay IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS, in which the author characterizes the Japanese sensibility as one of darkness (versus lightness) in everything from bathroom architecture to tea ceremonies. Presumably this would carry over into the present-day world of beer, although Tanizaki wouldn’t have ever tried any Kiuchi brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (439) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle. Sweet aromas of fruity hops. Straight from the bottle, so I couldn't judge the look, but it had a velvety mouthfeel and good carbonation. Really quite fruity, with berries, toffee and cream over a nice malty base. A delight. Solid as ever, Hitachino.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (410) - - AUG 30, 2013
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2012
Off keg at brewdog nottingham. Tasty, dark and quite bitter sweet. Very enjoyable indeed.

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