Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Complex, but in a fairly subtle way. I guess what Iím trying to say is that it had a lot of complexity for a beer that was full of lighter flavors that arenít necessarily all that complex. Hid alcohol fairly well among such light flavors. I was surprised that it was quite sour. Great balance with sweetness, sourness and acidity. But complex doesnít always mean great.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, orangey gold with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light cereal; moderate fruity, dusty and musty yeast; pear; peach, pineapple; a little flora; lemon; lemon rind; apricot, and slightly sour fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, sour and acidic, and slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter, and moderately sour and acidic with a surprisingly long duration for all the the light flavors. There was light fruits, light citrus, pear, peach, green grape, lemon, apricot, maybe a little pineapple, a little citrus rind, pineapple near the edge where it is bitter; yeast; sour fruit; a little honey; and duty and musty yeast. The light to medium and dry body was made to feel even lighter by fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
ronaldtheriot (1340) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hitachino Nest Red Rice has a very thick, off-white, crackly head, a hazy, red-gold appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is an odd combination of smoke, strawberry juice, bread, sweetness, and boiled rice. Taste is of fairly heavy smoke (rauchbier?), some strawberry, white bread, semi-burned popcorn kernel, head shop incense, and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale finishes not so dry and highly gulp-able. RJT
ordybill (144) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma- Has a nice strong rice and grain aroma with a nice backdrop of sweetness
Appearance This is a yellow slightly foggy body with a full head.
Taste- Excellent rice flavored beer. One of the best I have had
Palate- Medium bodied brew with a thin texture and an average carbonation
Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had. this is a great find if you can get it.
torriman (35) - Valencia, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my opinion this is the most underrated beer from Hitachino. Great beer, pioneer in the craft beer world, introducing rice. Welled balance and nice flavor. Highly recommended and a must to understand evolution of craft beer today.
finol (2263) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Berns Asiatiska.
Pours orange red.
Quite sweet and big mouthfeel.
miquelcrush (1514) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa ama aroma a llķpol, en boca es nota molt lleugera i amb tocs afriutats.
Buena cerveza con aroma a lķpulo, en boca se nota muy ligera y con toques frutados.
CaptainTilven (18) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber colour, with pink reflections - pretty beautiful; very white foam, not persistent. Light smell of malt, sweet, hint of raspberry. Balance between smoothness and bitterness. Tasted with Japanese meals (makis, okonomiyaki, mochis). Smell both subtle and intense that spread widely out of the glass !
Karstenborg (336) - DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper with medium white head. Aroma is hops, strawberry, flowers and caramel. Taste is sweet with notes of caramel and strawberry.
Ulysse (137) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma reminds of rice based alcohols found across Asia. Rather surprised how close to a regular ale this red rice ale can get. Aftertaste of light candy sweetness slash light alcohol. Rather different from what Iím used to drink.
HenrikSoegaard (10870) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. MOderate malty and hoppy aroma. Some fruity notes! Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finsh. pepper and spicey notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
Unde (422) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange beer with smallish head. Aroma has, well I donít know! Ham? Boiled rice? Sake? Aroma is so weird that I hardly recognize anything from it. Taste has some honey, sake, rice and dried fruits. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very strange beer.