Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA is a 6% Hazy IPA from Kiuchi Brewery, based in Ibaraki, in Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA is brewed using imported malts, oats, and hops, though which hops are used is unknown as Kiuchi Brewery have not released that infrimation.
- Alcohol : 6%
- Style : Hazy IPA
- Hops : Unknown
- IBU : Unknown
- Availability : Regular lineup
- On Sale : From October 2021
- Size : 330 ml
- Price : From 420 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Peachy and plastic aroma with some astringent notes. Light sweetness but not pleasant.
- Notable Tastes : Platic and peach phenols strongest with faint sweet malt flavour. Again, not pleasant.
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA : Aroma & Taste
It has been a while since we’ve had a beer from Hitachino Nest – not because we’ve been avoiding them but because, well, they’re Hitachino Nest – stalwarts of domestic craft beer that have been rather stagnant when it comes to their bottled range. Have no fear as Kiuchi Brewery have jumped on the Haze Craze train to hopsville and invited us all along with Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA – their first bottled hazy IPA.
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA poured out a hazy golden orange colour with a thin amount of plump white head on top that faded to a few bubbles around the side of the glass. So far, so good. However, it’s when the aroma reared it’s ugly head that I realised we were not going to be in for a smooth train ride. The aroma was peachy and plasticky – not one I associated with a hazy IPA – and was pretty astringent from the get go. I’ve had a few hazies in my life, and when they’re fresh, they’re vibrant and punchy. Yes, they are almost double the price of this but there’s a reason why hazy IPAs aren’t cheap.
The body was just a disappointing as the nose – the plastic and peach flavours pervaded throughout drinking, leaving a weird chemically aftertaste on the palate that just was not welcoming or nice. The only saving grace to Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA was that there was some sweetness from the malts to take off some of the edge from the flavours but by this point, I knew that this was not 400 yen well spent.
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA : The Bottom Line
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA is everything a hazy IPA shouldn’t be. Give it a wide miss and save up your coin to buy something better.
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA : Where to Buy It
Hitachino Nest Hazy IPA can be bought online at the following places: