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


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3991) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3289) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12961) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions. Appearance: Murky peach with honey folds. A 2 finger white crown has little retention and some lacing. Smell: Like an under-ripe grapefruit with a mixture of american hops. Simcoe seems to be the dominant one in the nose. Taste: Natsumikan fruit with some hop bitterness from the simcoes, Horizons and Mount Hoods. Tart finish. Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and light bodied. Drinkability: btw the low abv and mouthfeel this one is easy to drink. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-28-2009

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
As Shizuoka Natsumikan. Hazy orange color with a medium head. A very plantish and leafy aroma, like walking into a greenhouse. Very light flavors of fruit and flowers. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Fairly non-deScript. I am not familiar with the fruit used in this beer, but it may be too delicate to stand up to a beer, as it really does not seem to have added much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Sampled on 12/18/2009. This fruit beer pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, citrusy and sweet. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and citrusy, sweet and tart. The hops are citrusy. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Slightly citrusy and tart. Delicate flavors. A very nice touch of blending a fairly non-traditional brewing fruit into a beer. Subtle. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart and bitter.

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