Hitachino Nest Tokyo Station Edition Japanese Classic Ale – Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)

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Hitachino Nest Tokyo Station (special edition) Japanese Classic ale, 7% (normally 7.5%) ABV, 330ml, (Ibaraki, Japan)


on the back label:

“This Japanese classic ale is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period. Please enjoy the Japanese taste, aged in ceder [sic] barrels like the old IPA style method from England”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy full almost berrylike tangy woody toffee barley malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Tokyo Station B1 / Japan
  • How much: ~$5 CAD – 330ml, April 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours reddish-brown with a small creamy head, ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: light toasted sweet toffee barley malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker viscosity,

Mid-palate: fine creamy CO2 mouthfeel, almost berrylike, (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy-zingy, woody toffee barley malt, hints of sake sweetness

Finish: dryness, lingering medium sharp bitter hops.

Summary: A truly enticing full mouthfeel with a solid tasting barley malt body and lasting hops to finish it off.