Friday, July 22, 2011

Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale ~ Kiuchi Brewery

Appearance: dreggy orange under a pithy head. Lace surrounds a solid layer of foam aka the head which when swirled retains its quite lovely appearance.

Nose: orange and lemon skins. Gentle cedar esters permeate yet never overwhelm. Greenness of bamboo stalks and aloe. Cantaloupe.

Palate: sweet and pulpy in the middle with oranges and papayas. Dry finish quenches and induces thirst – orange and mango skins, cedar chips. Green underneath. Cantaloupe in the middle. Even my breath is parched. Clean presence of flavors.

Final Thoughts: while the cedar doesn’t slap you in the face there is little doubt this ale was aged for a period of time in cedar. Refreshing and a great pairing with sushi, I would say. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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