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Baird Asian Beauty Biwa Ale

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Biwa is "the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree." We had no idea what is was until our partner-friend-carpenter, Nagakura-san, brought some in last year for us to taste and then brew with. It is an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Biwa Ale is krauesened at packaging and the character in the glass is a spritzy, effervescent and delicately firm one -- like a true Asian Beauty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle. Medium orange amber with lots of floaties. Light cooked peaches, light medicinal phenols, light caramel. Clearly past its prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jinroh (1177) - ESTONIA - AUG 7, 2015
Pours hazy amber, bit of white foam. Aroma has some prickly malts, bit of difficult-to-place fruits, maybe slightly medicinal. Taste has a bit of hop bttrness, fruits are not strong but impart some dry and light sweetness. Something herbal and medicinal. Overall, nice refreshing beer, not sure if biwa is the best fruit for brewing though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
What the..? .. . Pours a plum tan .. Medium head, mild lacing .. . Blade shave .. Light summer fruit and dried grass .. Light dirty berry aftertaste .. An ok beer but not sure what it is supposed to be .. . . So much duck hate in the world!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Pours a thin, white quick dissipating head atop a clear, sediment filled brownish orange. Nose of bready malt and apples. Flavour is somewhat like an amber ale and less like a radler. Okay, there is some green apple in the background but is still somewhat malted. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights for around $4 for this 355ml bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenkiGonzo (1054) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from Yamaoka. Slightly cloudy copper, almost no head. Dry, slightly fruity aroma. Flavour starts sweet, but becomes hoppy only to get sweet again. Not one of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (2455) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2015
On tap at Nakameguro taproom and at Craft Beer Market Jimbocho late summer 2014. Hazy orange pour with a slight white head. Decent lacing. Aromas of malt and stone fruit. Fairly balanced on the palate between sweet and sour. Fairly light body but a nice tartness and hop bitterness with the malt sweetness as the backbone. Light finish with tart dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2015
Murky gold/amber color with little head. Aroma is slight. Fruity malt notes. Flavor is of malt and plum. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (1493) - CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours cloudy and particulate-laden pale amber with one finger of loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (3/5) Nose is muted, stone fruit, prunes and plums, caramel malt, light peppery spice. (5/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, slight tart. (5/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, quick finish. (3/5) Meh. The fruit is too subtle to really consider this a radler, and it seems a little oxidized. Not all that thrilling. (10/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (846) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
330 mL bottle. Orange amber pour, medium off-white head. Strong fruity aroma, apple, orange, a bit sour. Taste is fruity and sour as well, tad sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
330ml bottle pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with some grains and mild hops. Taste is a light spicy hop bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness. Light bodied with generous carbonation. A nicely crafted fruit beer that is worthy of a tasting.

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