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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Specialty Grain
Ibaraki, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

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common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Red Rice Ale was brewed with special red rice which had been cultured in ancient times in Japan. Please enjoy the complex taste and beautiful natural color.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3514) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 31, 2014
Red ale, way too small head. Caramel malts, very lightly hopped, thin and grassy. Simplistic brown sugar taste, lightest of red fruit, not well enough developed. Hmm, disappointing. They make such good beers. (Bottle from Le Bon Marché)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackafholmes (184) - - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle from a shop in york. Misty amber ale with a decent white head. Aroma is grassy and malty and a bit Nutty. Taste is crisp malty and refreshing. Very prickly carbonation and a thin body. Drinkable ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaStranger (154) - - AUG 21, 2014
Very gushy when opened. Pours a cloudy orange,foamy white head. Aroma is fruity,some rice,marmelade,slighty hoppy. Taste is sweet,rice,fruits,marmelade,quite different from malt based brews. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1165) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2014
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. It appears to have been bottled in September of 2013 and cost $5.04 ($0.45 per ounce).

Appearance: A washed out pinkish-red hue over an opaque body. Pours to an average-sized, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Light fruit notes, especially berries. Nothing particularly distinctive.

Taste: Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale is a rather unique brew by the Kiuchi Brewery of Japan. It seems to have a simple recipe of just two-row with red rice and flaked barley used as adjuncts. The only hop is Chinook. This of course makes it difficult to classify, style-wise, though it’s also a challenge to describe and critique the flavor since it’s not something I or more beer drinkers are used to. I do enjoy the originality for sure. There’s a light fruit flavor throughout this palette, similar to strawberry or pomegranate, though I would not consider it “juicy” per se. I’ve no idea what red rice tastes like, and my only frame of reference for rice in beer would be Budweiser. Thankfully, this tastes nothing like that. It’s an interesting brew to say the least, and I find absolutely no off-flavors nor technical flaws even though this bottle may be about a year old. The hops are nowhere to be found, but since the overall palette is still plenty delectable, it’s forgivable.

Drinkability: I was rather surprised to see the 7% ABV on the bottle label, as this beer doesn’t have the robustness nor the body of such a strong brew (seems more like 5% to me). However, the deliver is pleasant: the mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but not fizzy, with a smooth texture and easy quaffability. Not much in the aftertaste, either, which is also fine by me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simonblaine (288) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours cloudy orange. Minimal head. Aroma of sweet tea, taste is lightly fruity. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orange gold brown with an off white foam. Aromas are rice steeped water and nutty grain with woody notes. Tea with light berries and cardboard. Flavours are dry, nutty black tea with metal and herbal liquorice. Floral with weetabix and brown sugar. A bit soapy with grainy rice. Alcohol not that evident initially. A bit of mushroom-like sake. Interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5999) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
No date. Small bottle thanks to Brent. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Tame aroma, mildly malty, floral, seems old and I have a feeling this was a brew he forgot he had sitting around. Mild malty flavor, oxidation, berries and port, floral, caramel. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (673) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 9, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 04.2015. Pours dark red amber with off-white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, rice, malt, flowery. Flavor is sweet, fruity, strawberries, rice, and some alcohol. Finish is fruity bitter. Overall: ok brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1033) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2014
Slightly hazy amber, very small head that quickly dissipated. Nose is toasty malt, spice, sweet notes, fruity notes, yeast. Flavor is berries, caramel, toasty malt, fruity-earthy notes. Finish is spicy, aniseed, peppery notes. Weird, but well worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (390) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 3, 2014
Clean amber pinkish color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, rice, hops, some herbs. Dry sweet taste with similar notes plus yeast, alcohol and some perfume, lightly bitter hoppy finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Interesting beer with strong rice flavor.


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