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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 84   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2330) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
22OZ bottel pours a very cloudy pale orange/light amber. Small off-white head. Aroma is orange mango or tangerine and sweet citrusy hops. Malt flavors are light and fruity and while there is some hop flavor, there is not much bitterness from them. Strange fruity flavors but not bad. Soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle: Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice thick pure white head. The nose is bright and fruity with tons of orange and crispy hop notes. The fruitiness in the nose moves its way seamlessly into the flavor. A bit more sweeter than it is bitter, a hopped up version (ala, the IPA) would be a lot better. Almost like a pummelo, the fruit adds a lot to this that the hops normally would. Nice combination.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2009
633ml bottle. Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale consumed with a friend named Shizuka. Cloudy amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some wheat, light cream. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some wheat, lemon. Some bitterness. Light-medium body, some creaminess.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle at Papsĝ. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of citrus with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of citrus with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Cloudy golden with a medium off white head. Sweet fruity atoma with grapefruit and malty notes. Sweet flavour with malt, pine, hops, grapefruit and lime notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Bottled as Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale. A hazy golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, fruit - peaches, and spices - ginger. The flavor is sweet with notes of fruit peaches and grapefruit, as well as malt and some spices, leading to a bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
hazy yellow, small white head. flowery aroma, yellow fruity. alc. well hidden. flavor is very dry, flowery faint bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (10140) - Sĝborg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Light white head. Sweetness, fruits, light citrus and light sourness in the aroma. Flavour is fruty, citric and has some sweetness. Vague sourness. Medium bodied. dry. Ends on a grapish note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy, peachy and smooth fruity hoppy. Flavour mild citric, crisp fruity and with a mild sweetness coming through. Smooth citrus fruity flavoured finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Comes as "Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale". Hazy golden with an off-white head leaving laces. Sweet, fruity citrusy aroma. Medium body, fresh fruitiness, citrusy but not overly bitter. Discreet underlying sweetness. Ends a little dry. Very fresh, you get the citrus without the bitterness. 130909


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