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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 15/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2013
Frim tap at Viktoriagade. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is tropical fruity and light soapy. Smooth fruity, passion and mango, grapefruity and light soapy. Bitter and lingering hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34634) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2013
Draft. A hazy dark golden beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of fruits, malt, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, over ripe fruits, and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and citrus peel with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of hops and citrus peel with notes of bitter orange and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
Draft @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty spicy citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21633) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2013
Draught at Good Beer Faucets, Tokyo - RBJG#2. Cloudy golden - white head. Herbal, spicy, fruity, light soapy, thyme, zesty, light malty, caramel notes, citus, tea herbal, over spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12130) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller and Friends, Cph. Pours light hazy yellow with a large, staying, creamy, white head. Aroma has light brewing cereal, lemon grass, melon, citrus, apple. Medium, lively carbonation, very dry and fairly dry mouthfeel. Flavour has light green tea, ginger, lemon grass, grapefruit hoppiness. Some apricot and peach with some melon. Very different, but damn it’s good. Lingering bitter finish. This would be amazing to teriyaki and/or sushi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2013
draught@erzbierschof - pours a hazy orange beer with a poor head retention; aroma of tea and lemon; slightly soapy, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, decent bitterness, a light sweetness underneath; long fruity and pretty assertive finish; some hop presence and a fresh fruityness (citrus and berries) with light spicy tones

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6764) - 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.

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