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Baird / Mikkeller Fruitful Life Collaboration Ale

Baird / Mikkeller Fruitful Life Collaboration Ale
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Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
One of the best aspects of working in the craft beer industry is the friendly spirit of cooperation that exists among brewers. This spirit manifests itself in many ways, none more indicative than collaboration brewing. Our most recent collaborative brew was in partnership with the Mikkeller guys (idiosyncratic Danish “gypsy” brewers of world renown). Brew day was December 10, 2012 at the Baird Brewery in Numazu. It was a fruitful one. The charge from Mikkel was: “Let’s brew a distinctive beer incorporating as many fresh local ingredients as you can get your hands on.” Into the Heda orchards of Nagakura-san we went, scavenging five types of in-season citrus fruit (aoshima mikan, hassaku, kabosu, yuzu and lemon). In addition to the fruit, we brewed with three types of Japanese sugar (korizato, akato, sudakito) as well as raw wheat from Saitama. The hops we used were all fruit-accented varieties (Summit, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, NZ Cascade, Motueka). We fermented the wort with our Belgian yeast strain and then krausened at packaging with our Single-Take Session Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
RBJG#2. Pours a hazy orange with an off-white head and lacings. Malty aromas of caramel and hints of grain. Some hoppy citrus aromas. With aromas of tea. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Draught at Faucets, Tokyo. Orange colour with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple, spicy. Flavour is also tropical fruits, some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft at Faucets. Cloudy golden color, thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of grass and anise. Taste is lemon and straw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
light orange color. Very tart, light nose of yuzu, pepper and oddly it seems like a touch of cayenne pepper. Light mouth, very dry, tons of yuzu and pepper. Über well balanced - if you can say that. Superbly executed. Dry yuzu finish. Nothing shirt of awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 10, 2013
Draught at Bashamichi, then at Tadgs. Huge citrus fruit nose. Juice and some zest. A bit of spice and something bready, but really mostly citrus. Flavor also tart, rather dry citrus. Refreshing and tasty, but not as beer-like as I would wish. A few of us were sitting around thinking it tasted more like cider. Crisp and tasty, though, and very refreshing. The idea of blending those 5 kinds of citrus didn’t really make sense to me. There’s no way to sort out the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 10, 2013
On tap at Tadg’s. It poured an orange-gold color with minimal head and the aroma was not so strong (maybe it was served too cold?). I got some spicy notes of coriander or thyme followed by a complex citrus bouquet which became more pronounced as the beer warmed up. It was incredibly easy to drink and my favorite beer of the night, a nice balance between citrus fruit and hops making it a pleasent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
Tap at Craft Beer Market. I quite liked this unlike Jonno! Pale orange amber colour with small white head. Aroma is very fruity, slightly tropical, pineapple, bit creamy. Taste is nice fruity again, strawberry maybe, tropical, nice bitterness, not too much, but just enough. Tastes a bit like fruit juice mixed with a Pale Ale, which to some probably sounds horrible, but I quite liked it. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
An everything but the kitchen sink approach like this can come to together, but generally it leaves a beer in search of an identity. This is one such case. Tart, fruity nose with some brown sugar. Lemon, yuzu, well just lots of tart citrus and the brown sugar. slightly phenolic. Has a ’just picked a citrus fruit off a tree and juiced it before adding it to my beer’ vibe running through it’s core.

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