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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
Hope Iíve got the right beet here? Was sold out in at the Baird Taphouses but on tap at Tadgís in Kyoto. Golden Ale to my thinking (at least it looks that way) with a decent layer of spice. Flavours of orange juice (with subtle citrus) are very pronounced, almost to the extent you could be excused for thinking you are drinking fizzy orange juice. Points for the flavour intent but it doesnít really hit my mark.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Jon! I liked this more and more as it got a warmer. The tart fruit flavor is much more evident as the beer breathes and warms up a little bit. Kind of grainy and cardboard-like at first, but this again, improves with each sip. Lightly bitter and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at Buttersí Slutfest: Orange blossom and lemon aroma, reminiscent of sorachi hops. Hazy amber, with floaties, medium yellow head. Orange peel flavor from beginning to end, but finishes tart like a cumquat, but not as sour. Refreshing and tasty. Very unique.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle shared by Butters at Slutfest 2.0. Pours clear copper with light particles and a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (biscuit, straw, cereal), average hops (citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot and lime zest. Flavor is average malt (biscuit, straw, cereal), average hops (citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot and lime zest. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Hazy orange pour with particulate suspended and faint offwhite head. Not sure what a natsumikan is, but it tastes like bitter orange peels. Zesty nose. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
20110328 50cl bottle from State Line. Hazy dark golden with small but lasting white head of tight foam. Aroma is bright and citrusy, lots of lemony and grapefruit, fresh parsley, shortbread, pizza dough, hints of white cedar. Soft on the palate up front, smooth and creamy wheat like a witte, but sturdy malts and easy, even carbonation of an APA. The finish comes quickly with a burst of grapefruit pith bitterness, and not in a hoppy way, but truly reminiscent of the skin of the fruit. Long lingering citrus and quite floral. Lovely, entertaining, a real treat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
29th March 2009
Cloudy amber beer. Thick suddy white head. The Natsumikan may be the ísummer tangerineí but this tastes more like bitter orange with a little grapefruit. Mellow malt and bitterish finish. Light, crisp and refreshing. Bitterish aftertaste. Never astringent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3114) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
This brew has a tall white head that floats above a hazy gold body. Sweet and fruity aroma - candy like. The flavor is thin in comparison to the aroma. Slightly sweet and fruity. Gassy carbonation, light.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4116) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
633oz bottle. Big white foamy rings of lace surrounded the glass of this clear orange ale. Flavor of toasted grains, chocolate, and sour tangerine. Not sure where the chocolate comes from, since it doesnít match the color. And the tart clementine is a very dominate flavor in this offering. Aroma of citrus zest and bread. I just canít get over how much malt character there is and to be toppled by such an acidic sour orange tartness. Itís a fantastic fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Bomber. Pours a hazy light copper with a good foamy white head. Light citrus rind aroma. Medium body with coarse carbonation. Flavor is mild/light caramel with a lot of fruit - thatís kind of citrus. Thereís a light touch of citrus sour. Goes mildly grainy in the finish. The fruit persists, and itís not exactly bitter, but itís certainly far from sweet. Interesting ale.


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