Pour: Blood orange red, small light ivory head. Little to no lace.
Nose: Red fruit, like strawberries or cherries, hot metal, some creaminess.
Taste: I have never tasted anything quite like this before. Rice ales are definitely in a class of their own. Mixture of cherries and currant. Pronounced sweetness that opens up and becomes more layered as it breathes. Nice bite to it. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, sharp carbonation. It drinks like a 5% but sits at a comfortable 7%.
Overall: On the savory side, I would pair this with grilled eel or any type of teriyaki dish. Since the Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale has a pronounced sweetness to it, I believe that it would also pair nicely with a Mochi, red bean tart.