Brew Review-Hitachino Red Rice Ale
Looking for something a little different, I grabbed the Hitachino during dinner at Scion the other week. There were a number of great other interesting choices to go with, but I decided to go with something really different. It was a mistake.
The beer pours a dark, deep red colour, and is quite cloudy, but without much head. In fact, you can see specks of rice floating around in the beer. I should have gotten the hint. It has a very musty nose (Belgian Hops?) that wasn’t particularly pleasant.
It tastes fruity up font – mainly berries but with hints of citrus – and then the malts really come through with a rich, creamy biscuit/caramel taste. The alcohol is pretty evident throughout, and not in a pleasant way. The finish ends up really bitter and lingers seemingly forever on the tongue. I ended up having to drink water throughout the beer just to wash it away.
Overall, not great. Get something else.