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Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia

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

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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frode (203) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle 55 cl.
Hazy golden, with creamy white head. Malty nose, with some spice and fruit. Medium sweet and bitter flavour. Together the aroma and flavour gives clear associations to hot smoked mackerel. Sounds strange, but tastes fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a medium off-white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus and honey. Flavor of mild citrus, wheat, yeast, a bit of honey and had a light spicyness.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
john_henry (98) - - MAR 3, 2014
Massively overrated! Drain pour!! I tried this in a vertical tasting with Mikkeller Hop Series Sorachi Ace, and Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 (Sorachi Ace). The other two were pretty good, but this was literally poured down the drain not one of us could drink it. Definite sweetener, to the point that it was too sweet to drink. Some of the sorachi comes threw, but this really is a terrible beer. If your a small child or young girl you might be in to it, but I canít believe most people wouldnít find this too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle fae Brow Dog. Darkish golden brown pour with a small white head. Earthy sorachi and sweet malt nose. Similar flavours with notes of spice and citrus. Satisfying bitterness. Smooth and very drinkable. A characterful and likable beer and one of my favourite offerings outta the Hitachino quiver.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (598) - - NOV 26, 2013
Earthy banana aroma. Cereals, grape, plum, sake, strong spicy finish. Quite a complex strong ale with a pretty unique character.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 11, í12. Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. A: Sorachi hops are very strong in the nose (strong lemon and grassy hop aroma) with a sweet, lightly malted bread and a lightly spiced yeast with lemon rind and hints of a sweetly malted, toasty, bread. World Class nose! A: Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly into minimal lacing. T: Very much like the nose with honey notes and spiciness, but also considerably drier than the nose indicates. A mild woodiness adds a layer of complexity which compliments the other flavors as opposed to taking it over the edge. Finish is quite sticky and sweet. P: Medium body, nice creamy carbonation. O: I love the Sorachi hops and this beer puts them on center stage. If the beer was a little more crisp and sharp, I think it would be a World Class beer, but as it is, itís very good but short of exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Dark golden pour with a thin head. Good volume of aroma, but very strange indeed, malty butterscotch notes, some yeast, spice, herbal, ginger. The beer has a pleasingly smooth body, but lacks a good carbonation. When it comes to tasting the strange facets of this beer certainly donít end at the aroma, an immediate malt sweetness, similar to golden syrup greets the drinker, but is shortly replaced by a unique spiced herbal blend that is memorable. Just all round odd!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aletcm (115) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 16, 2013
Dourada, com boa firmação de espuma e boa persistência. No aroma, malte, saque, casca de laranja ao fundo. O sabor acompanha o aroma com notas de saque e casca de maranha, com um pouco de especiarias ao fundo. Médio amargor com baixo dulçor. Media persistência do amargor depois do gole. Muito bem equilibrada. Muito Bia cerveja. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle. Bronze beer with a strong head. The aroma is gently spiced, fruity and yeasty, and the flavour has a richer quality of spice and maltyness with a yeasty and bitter finish. Overall a reasonable yeasty, spiced and bitter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1843) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2013
6.5% bottle from Kyoto Isetan.great lovely deep gold color, decent head of foam & some lacing. Rich golden ale aroma, plums, fruits and a bit of malty butterscotch. Tasty flavor, full bodied, sweet, citrus, mellow, complex & hard to pin down. Really nice stuff. I think they nailed the style but in a smooth, mellow way.


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