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


on tap

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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

biomechanic's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2007
I was quite impressed with this. I It has a red amber tone with a medium head. It’s just different and worth the try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tlind2 (1130) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle@Jano. Opaque amber color, thick white head. Fairly sweet, malty flavor with hints of ginger and sake. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Slightly too heavy on the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (2718) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear red amber color. Small size, white head, disappears. Pure farty green shit in aroma. Sort of softcore version of morning farts. Not good. Candy, sweet, I’m tempted to say bamboo, definitely something woody in taste. Sweet and sour, sake like finish. Covers alcohol very well. Nothing exciting, but not entirely dull. Roundy brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
06-SEP-2014, bottle @home, present from Marlene, thx:-) Almost clear golden with low off-white head. Aroma is rice, fruit and caramel. Taste is rice, over ripe fruit and a red fruit thing that I guess is from rice. Sweet, ale-like caramel, a Little hoppy bitterness on the finish. "I don’t put rice int my beer", well it Works here but I will never be a huge fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (703) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2014
Pours a hazy golden orange from the bottle with white head that leaves good lace. Aroma is soy, rice, nuts, caramel, and odd maltiness. Taste follows the same vein. It’s decent on it’s own, but a perfect match with Swedish Västerbotten-cheese. Who would’ve thought?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (3533) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackafholmes (197) - - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1176) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simonblaine (289) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8068) - 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.

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