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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1915) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - 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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3902) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
cool bottle. pours hazy gold with white head. nose has beautiful floral honey and orange rind. flavors of zesty orange rind with nice honey and cedar goodness in the finish, a touch spicy yeast finish, i wouldnít complain if this was the only beer i was allowed to drink. awesome brew!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Hitachino nipponia. 22oz bottle from Andrew... Pours a pale orange apricot with thin soapy white head... Aroma of grassy and tangerine citrus hoppiness... Flavors arenít as pungent but more subdued with the same profile which the aroma offered up. Mellow and soft carbonation and body. 8/4/7/4/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2010
Yellow straw body with lasting head. Straw, citrus and a little yeast on the nose. Not much difference in the taste, smooth, medium body and donít notice the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a fresh citrusy hoppy nose with some mild pale malty sweetness. Starts with pretty good fullness and mild malty sweetness with a resiny grapefruity hoppiness before a more astringent drier bitter finish. A pretty unique concept, but could use a little more balance which would come through more diverse ingredients.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10698) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
550 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, opened 9/8/10. I missed this at the RBSG Grand Tasting so Iím glad they decided to distribute to the US. Pours a hazy orange-lemon color with a thin white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy, citrus hops, citrus zest, pale caramel malty notes and a bit of a nutty note. The taste is huge citrus notes, orange, blood orange, grapefruit, dry orange soda. Some faint caramel malts. Medium bodied. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
Draft at Popeye (Tokyo), a big grainy malt palate with a strong alcohol sweetness. A bit much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4086) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Pours a typical straw yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is thick, frothy and persistent. Aroma is mainly yeasty with a fruity overtone and a malty undertone as well as some sweetness. Flavor is malty and fruity with a surprising hoppy tone and hints of both apple and grapefruit, as well as sweet, sour and bitter touches. Texture is smooth and a little thick, just subtly tingly. Give it a try!

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