Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A dose of fresh ginger roots added to the brewkettle creates an intriguing mix of ginger, malt-sweetness , and citruslike aromas and flavors Hoppy dryness is very subdued with ginger-sweet-spicey notes dominating throughout to the very finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Thebody of this beer is amber and cloudy topped off with very small head. Definitely has a malty Ginger aroma. Theflavor is sweet but filled with carbonation and syrupy sweetness on the end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3186) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Blah. This beer was disappointing. Iíve liked every beer Iíve had from this brewer but this just missed the mark. Aroma was almost nothing. Could pick up some hops with a hint of ginger, but very faint. Pour was a nice deep amber with a one finger off white head. Taste was very thick and chewy. Tasted like sweet cough syrup without the alcohol and just a hint of ginger. A little spiciness in the aftertaste. Very little carbonation. The concept sounded good, but it didnít carry out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3895) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pour is a cloudy amber with a lasting white head. Aroma is a decent amount of hops followed by the ginger. Flavor is more of the ginger but not to the point of being in your face. Finish is very thick and heavy, it may take awhile to get this down. A decent enough beer and something different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-20-08 bottle.
Thick cloudy amber with no head. Looks like an oktoberfest beer. Smells of ginger and yeasty funk. Taste is strange and sweet. I donít normally like ginger so I donít know why I am disappointed with the flavor here - as though I am surprised. Thick dense palate that is enjoyable. Overall - not a flavor profile I would enjoy in any other setting so of course not in beer either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 draft @ papago... pours a cloudier and darker than expected shade of amber topped with a lasting off white head. fresh ginger in the aroma actually numbs my chest a bit. but aside from the freshness, there is little else in the aroma. there is some maltiness but the citrus and hops smells are surely due to the ginger. the flavor is again, mostly fresh ginger and its spiciness along with some skunky grassy hops and caramel. it finishes with dryness and some sour notes. the ginger aftertaste lingers until iíve moved on to the next beer... the body is medium with creamy soft carbonation. i donít know about this one???....7/4/6/4/13/3.4

bottle with a new label... not sure of the age though.... wow! big time difference...the real ginger is there but it is a lot less sharp than it was on tap. aroma and flavors of caramel, chocolate, malt, coffee and flowers. it has really mellowed and softened while becoming much more approachable to the novice... awesome! 9/5/9/4/18/4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7414) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2008
330. Pours a cloudy, ruddy dark amber with a gigantically massive tan head. Find something else to do for a while if you plan on filling the glass before you start drinking. Nice ginger nose with some sourness there, too, kinda vinegary. Interesting. Definitely gives you the sense of fermented biomass outside of the cerel realm, even if the layers of complexity all come from ginger and fermented ginger. Medium body with very soft and subdued carb. Caramel, toast, and acres of ginger on the mid-palate, with a lingering ginger finish of modest duration. Fairly interesting and borderline sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
canít remember if this was from trade or bought on vacation, so my apologies if Iím forgetting the donor.
Pours dark amber with a lasting offwhite head atop. Pretty nice looking beer. Nose is malty, with some spicy ginger notes and hoplike aromas wafting up. Somewhat full bodied, and malty with tartness and some light ginger spiciness, with a semi-rich body and a light ginger flavor in the finish as well. Not bad and you actually get some of the advertised ginger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, darkly amber tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a deep amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows lots of carbonation and a lightly hazy, bright red color. As I pour the beer smells quite fruity with a mix of citrus and berry notes. A closer inspection confirms the fruitiness. Smells a bit like young, sweet pickled ginger that comes with sushi, but I am surprised how fruit-like this smells. Towards the finish a woody, spicy, almost black pepper like notes emerges, but mainly berry and citrus notes seem to dominate.

Sweet and tart tasting up front, the beer finishes with quite a chalk-like taste. Spicy ginger flavors play a prominent role here in the flavor, though I would not call them overwhelming. There is still some of that citrus and berry flavors from the aroma too. Flavors of ginger, key limes, strawberries . Sharp and slightly astringent in the finish (from the ginger), chalky, dusty malt notes also enter in to the mix. Woody, earthy ginger notes intermingle quite well with tart and sweet fruit notes. This has a medium fullness to it that allows the beer to have some heft and presence on the palate. The malt especially contributes to a full mouthfeel here, and seems to work quite harmoniously with the ginger character; by which I mean that a lesser bodied beer would probably not hold up nearly as well to the ginger character.

This is an interesting brew, it has brought out a side of aromas and flavors of ginger that I did not realize was there (and that is always cool). I do really like that the ginger character is not over the top, it is certainly present, even perhaps the largest flavor contributor, but really integrates itself quite well here. As I work my way through my glass this beer actually grows on my quite a bit; it has moved up from being interesting and educational to being tasty and fairly quaffable.

Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meatwad (26) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Single bottle: lots of head, good head retention, amber color, slight ginger flavor, slight oak flavor, slight hops flavor. Smooth finish, some aftertaste. Not a lot of flavor, though. Not as good as the Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale or the Belgian White Ale. My bottle had a different label. I need to re-rate this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6358) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle: Big sweet toffee and ginger aroma. It pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. The flavor starts with toffee that quickly fades a big ginger finish. There is some faint sour fruit in the background. Medium-bodied with semi-lively carbonation.

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