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Hitachino Nest Classic Ale (Blue-white label)

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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: English Pale Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Aged in Cedar Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
12 oz bottle from Tokio, bought October 2013. Label is blue with silver and white lettering. Alcohol is 6.5% ABV. Brown color, a bit hazy. Off white head, receding until a thin layer retains. Aroma’s: caramel, light fruit, not too much from the glass actually. Retronasal it’s caramel matls, spices, some wood/tannines. Flavor is light sweet, light roasted, a bit old (raisins), light bitter. Medium bodied. Decent carbo. Wood and moderate bitterness in the finish. Still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6775) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2013
330 ml bottle, brought from Japan by my son Steinar. The label has silver and white writing on a dark blue background. Matured in cedar casks. ABV is 6.5%. Murky brown colour, large off-white head. Fruity aroma (plums and fruity hops, orange marmalade), also notes of cedar wood. Woody flavour, medium sweet, fruity notes, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle at K’s Hostel, Kyoto. Cloudy yellow/amber – white head. Peppery, peachy, fruity, lemon, citrus, toasted, light caramel, nice hoppy, grass, light resin, medium malty. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9405) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2009
This came in a 330 ml bottle with a White-blue label. Not quite sure if it is the same beer, but I will check. Very pale gold-copper color, not blonde but light. Fine head. Aroma of goldings hops and cedar. Very light malt. Dry, slightly tart flavor, with lemon, cedar, caramel, goldings. Smooth and subtle, yet somehow complex. Smooth palate, full, regular strength carbonation. Interesting, yet doesn’t fit well together. Aroma too faint; too light.

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