431. Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

431. Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale

I purchased this last night at Downtown Wine & Spirits. They had been out of it for several months, so when I noticed that they had some in stock I grabbed a bottle. This beer was warmed to around 40ยบ F and served in my NERAX pint glass.

The bottle's description is:
Our Japanese Classic Ale is brewed following the original India Pale Ale brought to Japan in the 19th Century.

It is slowly matured in Japanese cedar casks which are commonly used in the brewing of traditional Japanese sake.
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Kiuchi Brewery
Alcohol: 7.00%
Serving: Bottle, 11.2 oz.
Style: English India Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a cloudy amber with a thin, creamy, beige head that is fed by vigorous carbonation. Retention is excellent, the head absolutely does not shrink. Lacing is nice.

Smell (4.0): Fruity and bready malts, yeast, and a resiny hop aroma that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The aroma is very English. There may be hints of cedar, but these are fleeting.

Taste (4.0): Lightly fruity with toasty malts, followed by a resiny and piney hop bitterness with a citric twang. The aftertaste is a lingering woodiness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very tingly carbonation, but smooth once the carbonation dies down. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability (4.5): Very easy to drink, with a nice hop bittereness.

Overall (4.15): A good interpretation of the English IPA style with an interesting woodiness.

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