Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

red rice ale

Kiuchi Brewery’s Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale originally crossed my radar last Christmas. It had been recommended to me, but sat in the basement for six months afterwards; “red rice” didn’t really set my world on fire. When I finally got around to trying it however, I realized I should have given it a chance a lot sooner.

There really is no other beer I’ve tried quite like this one. It pours a cloudy reddish amber with a one finger head which dissipated so quickly I couldn’t even get the camera set up in time to capture it. The nose is fairly subtle, but I picked up citrus, peppers, red berries, and tea.


The taste is very difficult to describe precisely. It’s moderately carbonated but the bubbles feel smaller than most. It has a thin mouthfeel. Citrus, berries, sake, tea, honey and peppers are the notes I can pick out. A delicate malt and mineral finish. This is a case where the whole is definitely more than the sum of its parts. Much like the Rauchbier I tried earlier this week, this is a very unusual beer, but unlike the Rauchbier, this one is very approachable. I’m looking forward to trying others by Kiuchi. If you’re looking to mix it up a little, put this one at the top of your list.


Taste: A-
Drinkability: A
Vitals: ABV: 7.0, Served from an 11.2 (???) oz bottle at 49F.

3 comments on “Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

  1. I tried this one over the weekend (thanks @peplau) and I’m a better man for it. What a fun beer! Definitely more fruity and subtle than the other beers I tend to drink right now, but a great change of pace when you’re looking for something to wake up your palate. I think Derek nailed it in this review… this is not a beer that’s going to bowl you over, but it will make you say "wow." It’s smooth, satisfying and full of intrigue. I’ll always have one of these on hand and will share with adventurous souls as often as possible. Cheers!

  2. Glad you liked it, Jim. There really is no other beer quite like it. Refreshing and different. Sometimes going off the beaten path really pays off.

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