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Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

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


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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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. The ale has complex Sake like flavours with a hint of strawberry in the nose and palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
walrussell (168) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Yeasty nose and flavor. Strawberry, very mild licorice, mildly sweet, mildly hoppy, very refreshing. Love it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nonshaugen (46) - Fetsund, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2015
My first rice beer, so donít know what to expect. Not much head, slightly hazy in the glass. Aroma donít give away much clues of what to expect from the flavour. Carbonation is fizzy to lively, vague hint of raspberry in the aftertaste. Overall rating from me is slightly above average, a 12/20 just because it is an interesting experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alexanderdahl (101) - DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
Pours orange amber and clear, with flakes of yeast. Rice and doughy sweetness. Tastes a little malty, like wiener sausage. Quite pilsner sweet and light

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (4917) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
330ml bottle. Murky pink-ish golden colour with small, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Strange, spicy grainy aroma, hints of fried rice. Taste is sweet-and-sour, floral, fruity and slightly spicy, hints of lychee and strawberry. What must be the red rice is interesting and quite complex in taste but doesnít work in the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bastarda (209) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2015
nose: begins very interesting: overripe, decomposing strawberries, some sweet sherry, some floral aspects, but then some cheap girlís perfume/perfumed pink little girlís pen aromas as well, together with alcohol heat; taste unfortunately brings out more of those cheaper aspects: pink labeled perfume, pink soap, a hint of false strawberry bath foam, very bubbly and fizzy mouthfeel, or like eating something that had been stored for too long next to soap and washing powder. Quite a pity, because this red rice thing definitely has some potential!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ffbot (60) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2015
This beer was hard to quantify. I like it, but I doubt Iíll ever buy it again. Number one is the price, over here in the states itís like $7 for 12 ounces and thatís insane. Rice and grain aroma, very minimal smell though. Appearance was great, some deep hazy coloring with a short fading head. Taste followed the smell, itís amazing to think that being made with rice it doesnít taste more like it, and you donít taste the alcohol at all. Itís very drinkable but has a slight spice to the taste also. Not something Iíd exactly celebrate though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1877) - Hemhofen, Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2015
Slightly hazy amber color with a fluffy white head, that keeps a nice lacing. Aromas of bubblegum, pine, strawberry and caramel. Flavor is like strawberry gum and too sweet. Low carbonation and medium body with a sweet strawberry syrup fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (3487) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Ten czerwony kolor nie do konca jest taki jak powinien byc delikatnie czerwony refleks, ale glownie jasny bursztyn swieci w szklaneczce. Piwo ze srednia i malo trwala pianka. Smak ryzowy slodowy nieco karmelowy. Malinowe w smaku ale lekko wytrawne i chmielne na zakonczenie. Ciekawe ale nie powalajace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werthergoethe (145) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUN 16, 2015
мутнова& розоват& пиво. вкус нежный, фруктов& легкая карбони& в послевк& слабая горчинк& судя по рекламе сварено по древнем& японско& рецепту. не выдающе& но интерес& пиво.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (187) - - JUN 3, 2015
7% ABV This strong pale ale is deceptively substantial, looks like a light pale ale, but packs a hefty first mouthful. There are strong hints of burnt barley and an almost abrupt hoppy finish with a lingering aftertaste of lightly salted caramel. The red rice gives the usual NEST offering the heft that made this a very pleasant surprise second outing with Hitachino beers. Very drinkable. Made me want baby back ribs.

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