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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: 89   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2016
Keyaki fall 2016. Malt-forward nose with a touch of plum as it warms up. Lots of caramel malt with some plum in the background. Can’t find the salt under all the malt. Sweet more than tart. Feels heavy and syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (3016) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Poured a clouded orange brown from bottles. Salty finish, some sticky plum and sour heavy. Pretty interesting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of fruit, salt and grains. Taste is spice, plums and salt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12915) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle - Light sweet fruity malts. Clear gold with a small white head. Light sweet fruity notes, touch of apple and a light salty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Thx to jtclockwork / Ferris. Aroma is tasty - Ferris says salty plum and that’s pretty accurate. Moderate plummy sweetness, moderately tart. Light body, lively carb. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle- pours yellow white head- nose and taste of spice, plum, sea salt, sour wheat and coriander- medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4925) - 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 (5796) - 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 (1089) - 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 (4047) - 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.

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