Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kiuchi Brewery - Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

Here's another interesting spice beer, this time, from Kiuchi Brewery of Japan. Kiuchi's Real Ginger Brew pours a glowing orange amber with a very cloudy complexion (Real Ginger bits?).The beer carries a medium frothy head with a tan hue and moderate retention. The nose has a light ginger to it with mild malts as well as clear vanilla tones and a caramel sweetness. Smells a bit like a dessert, I'm thinking Bananas Foster.

The vanilla sweetness comes through big up front and blends nicely with the barley malts and a brief ginger hint. The beer turns floral in the middle, until the ginger returns to snuff out most of the other flavor. There's a distinct, and pleasant, heat and spice to the ginger. It all leads up to a dry finish characterized by ginger and a light hopping. Overall the beer is quite interesting, albeit a bit sweet. Not something to drink a ton of, but well worth a try.

Final Verdict: B

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