Hitachino Nest: Red Rice Ale by Kiuchi Brewing Company


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.