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


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
In a hazy golden hue reminiscent of the morning sun rising up above Mount Fuji, Japan Tale Ale presents itself immediately as a Japanese story. The pure white head of billowy foam hints at the fabled origins of this great island country -- the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. The sophisticatedly understated aroma of tart Japanese plums speaks of the history of the Imperial Court as it might have existed in the ancient city of Kyoto during the Heian era. The light, almost ephemeral delicacy of flavor tips its hat to the storied history of the Japanese artisan (the potters and the swordmakers, the flower arrangers and the Geisha performers). Beneath this delicacy, though, there exists a flavor character of strength and steely determination that tells of the history of the great Japanese warriors -- the Samurai. An overriding sense of balance and unselfish purpose serves to tie the tale together as if somehow echoing the essence of an informally yet unmistakably united national polity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1338) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 20, 2015
330ml bottle as "Baird Beer Japan Tale Ale" (packaged on 20/6/15, label states ABV now 5%). Appears clear bright yellow with a small transient white head. Gets much cloudier with the yeasty sediments. Aroma is gently fruity with fresh green apples to the fore, pear, cereal malts and a subtle citric sourness. Palate is dry and fruity with a restrained sourness and low bitterness. Good refreshing quality with a lightish body and lively mouthfeel. A Berlinerweiss (with a touch of Kolsch) springs to mind. No complaints here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3361) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2015
Can from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Fruity nose, with sugared pears, dried peaches, and some yeast. Thin cloudy yellowish color. Light tangy fruit flavors, pears again primarily, some apricot, and gentle citrus notes. Thin body, and quite watery. Love the nose; the flavors have minimal character. If only it lived up to the overwrought deScription above (but, then, maybe no beer could).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer-yum (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2015
Restrained fruity aroma in a cloudy yellow gold pour. Mildly tart taste to start with a malt biscuit body to end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Laying a white and thin head atop a clouded yellow body. Nose of strong perfume. Flavour is tart and slightly tonic, green banana and berry seed. Okay. Purchased at Metro Liquor University Heights for around $4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2216) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
2014 late summer review. On tap at Craft Beer Market Jimbocho. Cloudy golden orange color with huge off-white head. Big plum aroma with hints of orange zest, lime and other citrus. Plum, and slight biscuity malt tastes are present. Fairly sweet on the palate as it settles into room temperature. Thin body with watery mouthfeel. Floral and fruit notes remain throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
Draught at Goodbeer Faucets Hakata.
Hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Smells like plums, lime and grains. Tastes of tart fruit and sourdough with moderate carbonation. Pretty nice..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4349) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2013
A fruit beer made with plum. 5.5% a super cloudy straw gold with a fluffy white head & a fresh plum aroma. The flavor is a mild zesty plum but the mouthfeel is thin & a bit watery with low carbonation. Zesty citrus that mellows into plum. Decent but it needs a bit more body & carbonation. Near the end of my glass the sweetness was getting slightly cloying but overall very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2363) - - AUG 17, 2013
Plum aroma. Citrus and plum juice, sweet sour finish. Refreshing fruity ale, slightly too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2726) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours very pale straw with a fading head. Nose shows some funk and sweet stonefruit along with faint wheat. Acidic flavours, but with doughy notes underneath and the faintest hint of more stonefruit. Very drinkable but not all that interesting. Needs more carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3753) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2011
Hazy yellow of color with an off white head. An aroma of malt, bread and citrus. A flavor of appels, malt and bread.

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