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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: 188   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
The Sorachi Ace hops stand out well in this beer. I would say I will be specifically looking for these hops in the future. Japanís thriving craft beer market is accentuated in this beer, but it lacks the bite I would like to see from it. Still a very nice beer and I would definitely buy it again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
(500ml bottle) cloudy light gold, soapy white bubbles. Nose is funky, lemon, sawdust, lightly tart, ripe stone fruit. Taste of ripe banana, lemon, estery, fresh stone fruit. Nice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Aroma of ripe fruit - pear and apricot mostly, some bready malt character and yeast. Pours a hazy straw/yellow color, white head with good retention, leaves some lacing. Flavor is also heavy on the fruit character, lots of grape and pear, also some banana. Light malts and yeast lend a bready flavor and a bit of sweetness, bitterness is fairly low. Light body with medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (541) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
pours clear golden yellow, minimal head, small co2. Light malts on the nose. Tastes of light-med malts, bitter orange citrus, medium-heavy bitterness throughout (7/10), strong aggressive hops (9/10). Medium complexity, med-high depth.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ej (615) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
Tap brewdog Aberdeen Deep golden, slightly hazy Some resin, some yeast, but abit too chilled to get much aroma.. Taste is bitter with some fruity notes. Raisins and grapefruit. Bitter and dry finish. medium body, Light carb

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2012
550 mL bottle with a "10.09" date. Pours a slightly clouded golden with a white head. Muted aroma hinting at citrus, herbs and spices. Flavor is pretty nice, with a very distinctive herbal quality that I canít place, but I like it. I want to kind of say itís kind of a buttery lemon oregano and parsley. Yeah, thatís exactly what it is, actually. Other herbal, spicy, pine hops. Iím a fan.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden orange with a tiny white head. Aroma of wine, yeast, citrus, bread and summer berries. Flavour of citrus, yeast, some bread, white wine, and some perfume and floral notes. Light bodied. Some pleasant flavours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervikingcrew (42) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2012
Drinking a barrel aged version on keg at the BrewDog pub in Camden. Very interesting beer. -- raided in the wild, via Beer Buddy app

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Had much higher hopes for this; especially given the cost. Poured at a good temperature, fairly aggressive with a small to medium size head that soon settled and some lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is nice - malt, yeast, hop, funk, ginger, bread dough. Flavorís similar to nose, but not quite as an appealing mix that is fairly dry, astringent, hop and yeast bitter, some malt, carbonic tang. Body is there, but not very balanced and harsh with carbonation at the verge of being ambivelant. Finish is like flavor, astringency lasting a long time. Not a fav.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2012
A little confused. At 20 bucks a pop in Oz and with such a high rapport, even on RateBeer, it was one of those moments left already biased towards a utopian ale to beat all ails. Sadly, all I had been left with was a label I canít remove to keep and memories of a foamy, fruity mouthwash.
Chilled, into a tulip. Pours with little enthusiasm, but a loose, looming head forms that lasts little but manages a good lot of lace. Hazy orange body tainted by a bad case of the sea monkeys. Nose hints at fresh lychee, peach, pear and guava fruit with a very strange tinge of linseed oil. Dull, plastic and yeasty, bready palate. Smooth, though frothy body. Fruit is subdued; there is just a touch on what the aroma held with a pronounced addition of rose water like a Turkish delight. I didnít get it. This wasnít a dud, but for that price Iím sure to miss trying another. Very disappointed! (56cL, no date stamp, Mane Liquor, Belmont)


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