Beer of the Week 35 Red Rice Ale

Kiuchi Brewery's Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

From their website:

Complex sake like flavors with malt sweet notes. Hints of strawberries in the nose and palate. An intriguing mix of sake, malt , and bitter notes in the finish.

From my notes:

Light rose-ish colored beer with a peach colored head. Not a lot on the nose, subtle some sweetness maybe some malt? Taste is just as hard to describe as the smell. Crisp and fresh with some spice and again the taste that I can’t describe, this must be the rice! Smooth with a mild hop finish.

It really does look beautiful in the glass!

Red Rice Ale is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and that shows in the spice of the beer and the 7.00% ABV. This beer would go well with beef: burgers, meat pies, etc. Just take it easy as you don’t want to be drinking two or three of them in short order. The hops in the Pale Ale are well balanced with the subtle sweet fruit flavor and what I’m thinking is the red rice flavor that I couldn’t quite describe. A good beer but one I’m having a hard time fitting in with anything.

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