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Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale

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

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale is an extraordinarily unique beer that was an immense challenge to brew. Wheat and barley combine in equal proportions as the base malt; Japanese candy sugar contributes five percent of the fermentables; and freshly peeled and crushed natsumikans (Japanese summer mikans) from both Shizuoka and Fukuoka are added to the kettle at the end of wort boiling (approximately 33 kg of natsumikans per 225 liters wort). The natsumikans from Shizuoka (the Heda garden of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san) are quite large, grapefruit-like mikans with a distinct grapefruit-like tart and sour character. The Fukuoka mikans (from the Kita-Kyushu orchard of beer enthusiast and friend, Tago-san), on the other hand, are smaller, sweeter and more orange-like in character. Aprroximately 75% of the natsumikans we used come from Shizuoka and 25% from Fukuoka

Also known as Shizuoka Summer Mikan.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
36 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Bottle states "2013" and 5.5%.
Label read "Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale".
Hazy apricot color, off-white to yellow head. Fruity, sugary, apricot sent. Malty, fruity, some citrus, zest taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Some zest aftertaste, also lemon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at SlutFest 2011 on 04/23/2011 as Baird Shizuoka Natsumikan. Clear golden body with a large rocky off white head. Sweet earthy, spicy and light fruit aroma. Dry earthy and spicy flavor with some fruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1591) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 2, 2013
I had this as Baird’s Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale. 235ml for 700 yen at Tadg’s. Citrus hoppy aroma with a subtle touch of Mikan. Light smooth mouthfeel. Wow, you really get the mikan flavor, then a crisp bitter hop bite. A nice summer brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3828) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Draught at Country Boy. Orange zest. Slight tang. Citrus fairly dominant throughout the beer and flavor. Nicely done.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy citrusy aroma. Sweetish malty spicy flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish with hints of citrus-

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10604) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
The pour is golden orange in color with a white head. A very citrusy aroma to the beer, and quite a strong tropical character too. Some sweet malt aromas, but really dominated by the fruit. The flavor is more of the same. Sweet tropical and citrus fruit character, a little bit of malt, sweet berries, and maybe just a hint of tartness to it. Really easy to drink.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy variegated golden brown color, large thick white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of blueberry and strawberry jam, sourdough bread. Taste is citrus, berries, white bread. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Hazy blonde. The aroma is complex, fruity and a little spicy. The palate is light with delicate fruitiness. It has a nice dryness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle at abraxas. Hazy orange-sickle. Stale pale malts maybe the bottle is a bit old. The delicate orange is late to the party but fun to have. Light on the tongue. Fresh and delightfully dry. I wish I had a fresh one but even old it's good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. $6 @ Binny’s, April 2011. Poured into a smallish pilsener glass, just to get a good look at the stuff. Pours hazy gold with red highlights, and a lot of particles floating around. If the base style was a Belgian wheat beer, this could be seen as OK. Big fizzy head. Smell starts off with golden ale malt, a bit of sour note. Nice, just not a BIG smell, I guess. Have to say, though, the taste is not that much of a much. Maybe I let it sit around to long. All I can really get is a Fat Tire with hard Mandarin oranges in it. Guess I should have had this fresher.


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