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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia (Bottom Fermented)

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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Ibaraki, Japan

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Special bottom-fermented lager brewed exclusively for the US market


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (2749) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Stovner. Golden slightly hazy color, ok foam. Aromas of malt, light hops, Nice yeast influence . Medium body & complexity . Some sweetness- good balance. Enjoyable & interesting

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9845) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
55cl bottle with BB 03.14, 6.5%. Clear golden withmedium off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, grainy and grass. Flavour is malt, fruit, hop, grainy, little grass, medium sweet and medium bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunnar (4872) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is strange with som some spicy and flowery hops. Taste is light spicy malts, nothing I would by again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (422) - NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Slightly cloudy gloden. Banana and herbs in aroma and taste. Also coriander in taste. Fine aftertaste. Complex and interesting, while still easily drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2018) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Flaske fra polet, på hytta til Sigmund april-14: spennende aroma med litt dill. Humlene som er brukt er Sorachi Ace og Kaneko Golden. God kryddersmak og passe tørr ettersmak som gjør det lett å helle innpå. Litt uvanlig, men både god og interessant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (4825) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared 550 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet, ABV is 6.5%. The bottle is full of floaties, but not visible in the glass. Golden colour, the aroma is a little weird, but hard to describe. Hints of sea water and also some dill (Sorachi Ace). The flavour has also hints of dill and laurel leaves, but lacks the fresh lemongrass notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (862) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold but just a tiny bit of lacing and not really any head at all. The Sorachi Ace hops are quite powerful in the aroma and there is also a slight earthy/oaky character. I’m assuming this is from the hops as well. Pretty intersting. The flavor has a lot more complexity than I was expecting. That same dank/citrus hop note along with a stronger note of oak and vanilla; almost like this was wood aged. Not clean at all like a pilsner but more like an aged ale. Moderate bitterness and a pretty clean finish. Overall, this is a very intersting beer. The wood/vanilla notes are unique and I love Sorachi Ace hops. A different, but well put together beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brentv (237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2014
Poured from a 550 ml bottle. It’s an orange colored clear brew with a small white head and no real lacing. Aroma is strangely smokey and tropical fruits. Taste is quite sweet, too sweet for my taste, but with nice tropical fruits and and interesting complexity. Sticky mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Sweet, slightly hoppy finish. Less interesting toward the bottom of the glass, and rather tired of it before the glass is empty. Enjoyed as probably my last beer in Narita, Japan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (346) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
55 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Ski. Pours amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is fresh, with herbal and some tropical fruits.Flavour is quite sweet, but it is nicely balanced with a good good malt base and a good amount of funky hops. Fruity taste and a long clean finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (5967) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Medium white head. Hazy yellow body with visible floaties. Earthy caviar (??!?) aroma with salty eggy notes. Dry earthy caviar taste with papery fruity notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry earthy plasticky spicy aftertaste with herbal fruity notes. Deeply odd, but not actively unpleasant. Don’t think I’ll ever have this one again. (0.55l bottle, wine monopoly web order.)


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