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

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5606) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2010
633 ml bottle, as Baird Beer Japan Tale Ale 2009, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Cloudy pale brownish yellow colour, big to moderate white head. Pleasant fruity aroma, notes of plums and citrus, also sweetish malts, hints of caramel and wood. The flavour is very fruity and fairly sweet, notes of plums and citrus again, with a mild spiciness in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7240) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2009
Draught at Barley. Cloudy, muddy, light amber orange color with a nice, fine, frothy head. Grainy pils malt and sour ume aroma, with wheat. Sweet wheat malt flavor, lots of esters and fruit, ume and a touch of banana. Very creamy, lightly hopped with just a bit of bitterness. OK but rather boring and too sweet; slightly cloying with a strange yeast character.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12067) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle at Patricks, Kristiansand. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruit, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, fruit, berries, citrus. Easy drinkable beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle at Olympen. Cloudy, glowing orange with a good off-white head. Hoppy and berryish aroma. Some sourness, sweet malts, semi-dry. Body could be fuller. A Belgian-style blond ale that, sadly, has lost its personality.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
Biggish offwhite head. Muddy yellow body. Medicinal strawberry and herbs aroma. Dry herbal mealy medicinal taste with fruity notes. Mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry mealy fruity aftertaste with herbal aroma. There is a very characteristic herbal taste in this, but I can’t identify it. Buttery feel lingers. Nice, but unremarkable. (0.63l bottle, Olympen, Oslo.)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle 633ml at Patricks. Pours cloudy light amber with small white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, sweet plum. Taste is sweet, light sour. Medium body, thin, soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4723) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Draft @ Popeye’s: Hazy orange, light head and lacing. Nose of light floral notes and fruit, grassy, light wheat, subtle ume is hidden below lots of funky wheat and slight hop notes. Not very clean tasting, but the ume is there if you look for it. I don’t know if I’m hardcore into beer as Tim says it, but I dove into this one and I just wasn’t getting the balance here.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011

Bottle 633ml.

ABV: 6.0%. Unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, oxidide malt, light hoppy, sweet fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110129]

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3571) - 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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