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Friday, August 19, 2011

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brewed Ale

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew Ale, an unlisted offering from Hitachino Nest Brewing, settled a thick, hazy brown in the glass, with moderate carbonation briefly forcing a thin white head.  The nose carried spicy ginger, cloves, and candied sugar over a sweet, cookie-like malt.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew Ale opened with spicy, ginger snap crackers and a balanced “sweet but dry” malt backbone.  Ginger was always detectable, but never made its way to the front of the mouth.  The ale ends on a peppery and slightly heated dry fade, made slightly tart by the carbonation.

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale is a fine and (mostly) restrained example of subtle use of special ingredients.  All in all, the ale is a great ale but, sadly, priced to reflect the relative low supply and import costs.

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