Another lousy gray winter day here on the East Coast. It started with snow, then ice and finally rain. Spring can’t get here soon enough for me. I wonder how many days until pitchers and catchers report? Lets go Yanks!!!
Beer #51 is my first from the Far East, Japan that is. Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale by Kiuchi Brewery, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with an ABV of 7%, seemed like a nice choice when I picked it up. Was it? Lets find out.
I know, I need some different glassware, so I pulled out my Cape Cod Beer pint glass. For the time being, the Starr Hill glass will go back on the shelf. Hitachino Nest poured a cloudy reddish brown color with a nice big head. It had lots of those tiny little bubbles rising to the top. All of that carbon dioxide trying to escape brings a tear to my eye…not really…it just looks really cool. Dipping my nose into the glass I picked up a very sweet fruity aroma, it reminded my a bit of strawberry soda. I also got some nice raspberry aromas. All of this was a bit odd to me. I haven’t smelled a beer quite like it. Down the hatch it went and I tasted a spicy, malty, fruity concoction that finished of a bit bitter and dry. There was an odd aftertaste that I could not identify. A light bodied brew in the mouthfeel department, nice carbonation and fairly smooth overall. If this has 7% alcohol in it, you would never be able to tell, at least I couldn’t. One thing about this brew, it got better as the drink warmed up.
First off, I wouldn’t really consider this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I’m not really sure what style this should be considered. It was an odd beer unlike anything I have ever had before. It really wasn’t that bad, just different. Would I get this again? I think so. If you ever see it, give it a go. You just might like it…like Mikey!