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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: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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.

john_henry's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
john_henry (122) - - 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 can’t believe most people wouldn’t find this too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle at Ølfestival 2015. Hazy amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (13190) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
Sample at Danske Ölentusiaster Festival 2015. Clear golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, bready, grapes, some biscuits. Sweet malty bready aroma, caramel, biscuits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (336) - - JUN 6, 2015
Pours a clear light amber body with a thin head. Nice hoppy aroma. Well balanced taste with a creamy touch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Nice golden color; Medium body; Aroma of malt, grain/hops, & some citrus; Flavor of grain, hops, yeast, citrus, and some spice; Pretty decent for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marthares (51) - - MAY 16, 2015
Orange color, thin almost nonexistent foam, typical overwhelming coconut/pinacolada/litchi flavor of sorachi ace both in nose and taste/aftertaste. Lightly bitter. Bizarre beer, not my fav.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
550ml bottle from Masuyo’s in Asagaya. Poured into a snifter. Hazy golden brown color with a medium-sized off-white soapy head. Bread, honey, caramel, toasted pumpkin pie aroma with a nice crisp resiny aroma present as well. Very sweet on the palate. Watery mouthfeel with a nice slow-burning long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6439) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle.Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grains, some bubblegum and caramel. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some citrus, bubblegum and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3132) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2015
(Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia) Bottle 550 ml from torriman, thanks Victor! Served into annenglish pint glass, ABV 6.5%. I wonder if this version is really not made anymore, fairly easy to get in Spain apparently and the BBD is February 2015. Deep orange golden colour on the body, two full fingers of white thick head, with very good retention, leaving light lacing behind. Very malty aroma, sweet with lots of sugar, but also some wine notes which make it not that bad after all. The taste though has some hops, sweet and sugary malts as the aroma implied, alcohol, homemade sweet white wine. Medium thick body, nicely carbonated. A bit weird this beer, smells old but then taste has enough hops. All in all pleasant to drink though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jimthechap (2041) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2015
The appearance of Euro-pils and then the dusty, grainy aroma that walks hand in hand with it. The flavour may seem a little richer on the grain but there is no additional contribution of interesting fruit or herbal notes. A but dusty on the palate and similarly unrewarding. Japanese Eurolager. Who’d’ve thunk it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1359) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015
Botella de 50 cl de el Lúpulo tomada en el momento Oviedo 17-01-2015. Con fecha de cons pref para antes de febrero de 2015. Color dorado intenso y transparente con espuma blanca. Aromas y sabores maltosos y cereales intensos con toques dulces. Cuerpo medio con 6.5 vol que aparenta mas y paso espumoso y algo denso. No esta mal, de lo mejor de la marca hasta ahora.

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