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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: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdInSaltLake (652) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Sweet, herbal aroma. A little skunky. Similar sweet malt and herbal hop flavor. Caramel malt, and pepper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4921) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Mike
Clear golden with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Aroma of grains, skunky and honey. Taste is grainy, cereal and honey
Ok

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - JUL 25, 2014
Medium gold, clear, off-white head. Aroma of grainy malt and fruit, Flavor: grainy-sweet, honey-like malt, light fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (727) - - JUL 22, 2014
Rich mikan , decent fruity/sour balance, clean finish. Classic Baird seasonal, very well done mikan ale without any useless sweetness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7934) - 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 (2164) - 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 (4050) - 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 (16915) - 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 (11085) - 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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