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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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12314) - 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 (12723) - 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 (5218) - 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 (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. $6 @ Binnyís, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WVHouseofBeer (837) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
This was on the light side of fruit beers. Easy drinker and very refreshing. Pours a light hazy gold with a small white head. Aromas and flavors of tart citrus and a slight sweet malt presence. Fizzy carbonation and light bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle: Orange hued golden, sudsy white head, dies quickly, sparce lacing. † Floral nose, slight tangarine or mandarin. † Definitely citrusy but not the citrus peel that is so common. † This one is moreso like the inside of some citrus type of fruit. † Slight clove, both on nose and on the tongue. † Soft sweetness, a little flat on the tongue. † Comes across as a very light Fruit Beer, mixed with either clove or some sort of floralness. † Slightly dry on the finish. † Not half bad, certainly comes across as real fruit and not a fake sugary example.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Very interesting brew. Pour is hazy yellow with white head bottle pour thanks to Scottís tasting! Aroma has notes of some citrusy grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, tart lactic notes, hints of spice and earth in there as well. Taste is nice mix of tart fruit, grapefruit, lemon, some hints of biscuit, caramel, hints of spice, finishes fairly tart and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9956) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, straw, citrus and light spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, straw, light spice and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a fluffy, off-white head. A touch floral, orange citrusy, slightly tart aroma. Floral, somewhat tangy, citrusy, tart flavor. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of orange/lime juice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nicer aromatically than the regular mikan brew, and better balanced too. More obviously fruit juicy in the nose, soft orangey-limey kinda thing, more floral. Better mouthfeel, more creamy. Alas, itís still ultimately a novelty beer and doesnít really rise above that level (whereas, say, Hitachino Nestís ginger beer is jaw-droppingly amazing in the realm of novelty brews, because the depth behind the ginger is insane). Pleasant and...grimace...refreshing, but ultimately forgettable.


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