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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia

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Formerly brewed at Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Ibaraki, Japan

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Nipponia is brewed using two Japanese original materials; "Kaneko Golden," the Japanese ancient barley, and "Sorachi Ace," the hop which once was bred in Japan. Please enjoy the citrus flavor, the golden color and the complex taste.

Important!: This is the original top-fermented version. From summer 2011, Nipponia has been bottom fermented. See that entry.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(550ml bottle) Pours a particulate ridden golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of pineapple, nuts, grass, sweat, and mustiness. Flavor of grapefruit, florals, grass, toasted grain, scorched rice, and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2010
This beer pours a light yellow with. Thin white head. The aroma areood closet, dirt and musk. The mouthfeel is watery with a light body. This was a good beer. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
550 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first third of the glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Pleasant aroma of malt, honey, and just a hint of orange. The flavor is malt with a bit of biscuit, honey and orange with a nice crisp finish. This is not a style that I am particularly fond of, but I have to say I was very impressed with this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a very cloudy, glowing, bright orange amber color. A small, smooth, beige-tinted blanket sits at the head, giving solid, sheety rings of lacing to the glass. Aromas are very fruity, suggesting notes of golden raisin, juicy orange, nectarine, and oily citrus peel. Blonde candy and honeyed cereal malts provide the backdrop for the citrus-driven hops to shine. Prominent yeast suggests of bread dough, bringing things together nicely. Flavors largely follow suit, showing hints of burnt honey and general golden fruit, as Belgian-esque yeast gives notes of bread dough, and bright, lemony, orangey hops lend juicy bitterness. Balance is quite nice throughout. On the palate, a medium-plus body is smoothed by substantive, creamy yeast, while soft carbonation leads into a slightly drying, somewhat alcoholic finish. Good, unique brew overall. The price tag is definitely a little overzealous, but it’s an interesting brew nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
550ml bottle. Opened with a overflowing fizz. Pours 24K gold, white thin foam. Nice lace. Aroma of honey and malts. Soft clemetine meat. Flavor of bitter citrus, pine bark bitterness, sweet biscuit, flour, peppery citrus hops. Clean flavor, creamy texture, light carbonation, lingering bitterness. A nice session, too expensive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours hazy rich golden with little head. Sweet, piney, sour and citrusy notes. Sharp hoppy flavor gives way to subtle notes of licorice and earthy overtones with an exceptionally clean finish. Very refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1452) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pour is a slightly hazy golden/ copper color with a large white head. Aroma is light citrus, light malt, faint clean spiciness, and a touch of pine hop. Flavor is clean cookie malt, light pine hop, a nice crisp black pepper component, and a dry lightly fruity and citrusy finish. Very solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
550ml Bottle: Very faint citrus and grain aroma. Maybe I cannot smell today? Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, creamy, rocky, loose, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and a few medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of grains, malt, light Sorachi Ace hops, slight lemon, and yeast. Light to medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, Sorachi Ace, yeast, and malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is grassy hop and citrus. Flavor is fruity, lots of citrus, and some sweet malt. Nice dry, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2387) - JAPAN - NOV 5, 2010
Lovely hazy yellow pour. nose is like lemon sherbert or lemonade. Sorachi in the house! The mouth is lovely with a decent malt presence, very light, very Japanese, with a decent citrus lemon bitter finish. Golden ale/saison hybrid? A little cloying after a while. Another well made Hitachino,


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