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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia

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


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy golden color with an average white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate hop, yeast and citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet & sour flavor with a medium sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. Good drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shambles (35) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2010
This is the best golden ale i have tasted. Pours cloudy golden with a sexy white head. Aroma of citrus and straw and a slightly spicy note. Taste is a touch sweet but finishes clean and dry. The carbonation is slightly sharp but it still remains smooth and mildly bitter at the finish, alcohol is a touch heavy in my opinion but still very smashable. Its much more complex and interesting than most other beers of this style I’ve tried. This beer sits around $20 retail in Australia which is a touch expensive but worth it if you want to try an amazing golden ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours hazy golden color wiith white head. Aromas of citrus and yeast with some mustiness. Flavors of lemon and bread dough with some earthiness. Medium body with lively carbonation. A nice beer but probably wouldn’t buy again because of the steep price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
The pour is a cloudy yellow. Aroma is heavy on the citrus hops. Taste is a very balanced mix of fruity sweetness and some citrus hops. Aftertaste has some sweet breadlike notes as well. A very enjoyable and easily drinkable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle. Sweet looking bottle. Pours a glowing sunburnt orange with a tall airy frothy white sticky head. Nice fresh dry hop aroma, sorachi ace all the way and it seems fairly noble like, light biscuit sweetness, lovely, dry, maybe light cedar. Flavor follows, very dry, all sorachi ace, medium bitterness, dry dry, little alcohol shows in the finish because of this, light fruit and lemon, lemon cookie, touch of white pepper. Light bodied, with larger slightly sharp carbonation, lightly milky. Very nice beer, surprisingly the alcohol is killing it a bit for me though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4177) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Draft at Milltown. Pours a soft straw yellow with one finger of white head. Nose is showing lemonzest and mild wood with a citrusy sweetness. Flavor is predominantly Sorachi Ace with a sweet lemon rind character and mild herbal quality with some spice. Palate is zesty with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
thanks to Kyotolefty at RBSG’10 Grand Tasting - clear, golden yellow pour. crackery malts, light peppery spice, wheaty, hay and musk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden. Aroma has light spicy notes some malt. Sweet citrusy notes up front. Slick mouthfeel. Peppery prick in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Semi-hazy dull yellow pour with ring of bright white head. Nose is like sweaty gym socks and a light citrus lemon spice. Flavor follows quite nicely, but with a bit of a candi sugar sweetness. More lemon citrus and again, spicy. Moderate high carbonation. Pretty tasty offering, but not something I’d be seeking out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Date: 9/12/2010 Source:Maniac Honey with a spicy lemon grass aroma. Very floral with some light underlying fruitiness. Cloudy orange golden with a rocky white head. Flavor is sweet with the lemon orange floral carried from aroma. Lightly spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body with medium to full mouth. Tasty

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