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


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2007
Hazy golden color. Light fragerant nose. Peaches and a touch of ume tartness. Very idosynchractic. Very carbonated. Light plum finish. My friend said it got lost on him the complexity. I would have to agree. If you arenít hard core about beer it would be hard to get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1362) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (1242) - ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2016
Pours beautiful yellow, slightly hazy, bit of white foam. Aroma is fresh and fruity, ume (plum) is coming out but is not very strong, just enough to create that sour-fruity balance against grainy malt backbone. This is also reflected in taste, lots of ume fruit giving a bitor sour acidity and then everything succumbs to a soft malty finish and dry bready ume linger. Totally a summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2778) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Nice looking hazy golden with a medium head. Light tart fruit, some hops, and a little malt. Itís nice, but I wish it was stronger. Flavor is similar, but rather weak, unfortunatly. Medium, well carbonated body. Baird produces some great beers and this one is almost one of them, but itís a little on the weak side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16537) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle, 633ml, at Patricks. A hazy, yellowish golden beer topped by a small white head. Fruity nose, apricot and some perfumed notes. A bit sweet on the palate, medium body. Apricot, hints of cellar and not enough hops in the flavor. Apricot and malty sweetness in the finish. An easy drinkable beer that wonít exite or offend anyone. 100213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2831) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - 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
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2585) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer-yum (1368) - 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.

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