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Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale

Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Fruit Beer
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Anbai literally means “Salty Plum” and the word is also used to describe the stat of taste and flavor. Ii Anbai means “just right”!

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale is brewed based on the high alcohol version (7%) of the siganture beer Hitachino Nest White Ale, infused with locally grown green sour plum (ume), and finished up with a pinch of Japanese sea salt (moshio). The balance of sourness, bitterness, comes from the plum and subtle saltiness, great umami taste of the sea salt is “Ii Anbai - just right!”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4678) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2016
33 cl. bottle. Orange-amber body is mostly clear and has some nice bubbly activity that maintains an eighth-inch sponge of foam on top. Nose is mixed stone fruits (peach, plum, apricot), flowery honey, spicy yeast and a recurring mineral water note. Flavors of honey, tart bittersweet fruit and spicy yeast. There’s a pleasant salted caramel note developing in the long finish after a while, but don’t know that I’d have identified the saltiness without reading about it first. Near-medium body has medium-high carbonation, no sign of the 7.5% and an easy drinking balance from many directions. Nice springtime brew with some interesting flavor progressions going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2016
11.2oz bottle. Murky, unfiltered dulled orange-tan body. Thin, patchy, white head. Pleasant sour green plum notes in the aroma. Certainly a Fruit Beer, I was secretly hoping for a Gose with the sea salt. Delicate, light and fluffy mouthfeel. The malt, yeast, and plum interplay is surprisingly nice and works well. Almost has a faint gingery edge to it, orange peel maybe. The malts are understated, and there is a soft earthy pear undertone as well. Very unique offering, well made.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (999) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Aroma - very faint just a little Belgian yeast qualities Appearance - body is a cloudy straw yellow. The white head is about 1/3" and settles very slowly. Taste - a little sour, somewhat salty, there is a fruit element as well some raisin. A bit of Belgian like yeast. Palate - body is approaching medium, texture is smooth, carbonation lively, and a nice salted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2016
This is surprisingly great. Slightly bitter/sour, but not tart or acidic. Fuity (plums I suppose as the name suggests) The saltiness is apparent, but I think that is only because I was specifically looking for it. Not sure if I would have picked it out otherwise. Really good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2918) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Sour orange, plum pits, bitter melon rind, granite, composted papaya, toasted grain, hints of mint & eucalyptus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9365) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Turbid gold pour with minimal head. Nose was tart lemon, plum, malt. tastes tart, fruity, with lactic lemony and plum notes. Acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4315) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2016
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, plum/salt, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness, yeast spice, and wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/saline, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial weizen/gose style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Even though it is not lactic soured, the plums provide a fair amount of tartness for it to taste similar to the gose style. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2016
06/2015 bottle. Lightly sparkling hazed gold with a fine white head of some retention. Aroma impression is pitty plum and red cherry, lychee, wood oil, grenadine / cocktail cherries, salty-sweet gelatin candy / sourpatch kids. Medium-plus bodied, semi-sweet with no outright apparent hop character, the bitterness and acidity are restrained and fit well with the supple and velvety body (and the saltiness is restrained as well). Kind of aimless overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (2894) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown squat brown bottle poured into a glass. Hazy light orange with small off-white head. Aroma is slightly salty, medium body, low/medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is slightly tart, fruit (mostly plumb), some spice, and salty. Expected more and it’s a little heavy for a gose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6207) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy butterscotch, medium creamy white head, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, wheat, dust, sea air, light honey and grass. Flavor is initially salty, breaking into fruity plums with a Saison back beat. Light plus sweet, minimal bitter, a bit herbal with a sharp salty finish. Medium body.

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