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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of passion fruit, mikan, earthiness, and florals. Flavor of mikan, biscuit, and hops (floral, grassy).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. The look is cloudy, bright orange color, with an ok off white head. The smell is fruity, hops, flowers, and tropical fruit. The taste is hops, low bitterness, flowers, some malts, and fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, murky gold/orange with white fizzy head. Aroma of passion fruit and floral hops. Flavor of fruit, some wild yeast, light hoppy bitter with a not so good after taste. Mouthfeel is light body, high carbonation with a little fizz. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Labeled as Baird Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale. Pours with a small white head over a hazed golden body. Aroma of passion fruit, light grapefruit hops, and a slight sugary presence. Taste is more restrained with light passion fruit acidity and hop bitterness in the finish. Watery mouthfeel and moderate bubbles.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2227) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a dull orange color with a very small bright white soapy head. Some lacing. Getting notes of passion fruit, and lemon grass. Mouthfeel is bubbly and carbonated but the front flavors drop off very quickly. Kind of over carbonated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. cloudy gold pour with a thin white head. slight bitter nose with a tangerinish background. good on the palate with a flavor just like it smells.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3370) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Clear golden color with a fizzy and effervescent white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is light and fruity with a good amount of hops and spice followed by a sweetness that I couldn’t identify but I can assume only is the mikans. Imparts a bit of citrus as well. Flavor has a strong citrus character at the beginning mixing well with hops and other floral notes, as well as some yeast and spice. The fruitiness from the mikans (again I’m guessing) comes through and passes a good amount of grapefruit-like characteristics. Finishes rather fizzy, tart, and sweet. Very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
On tap at Nakameguro. Cloudy orange Amber color with a Lacy head. Aroma of mikans, with hops and very light malt. Flavor also predominately of mikans, with a little bit of caramel and nice balance. Bitter/sour/fruity juice like finish, but very nice. Light caramel taste lingers. Light, refreshing, good balance of sour and bitter. Great summer drink very well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2008
Glowing hazy orange honey body with a soft pillowy off-white head. Delicate graininess, lightly floral hops with a kiss of caramel tied together iwth a hint of tart tangerine. White bread left in a pine tree eaten with orange blossoms, turns refreshingly tart finishing with unexpected fizz and fruity flowers. Outstanding!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
The chosen citrusy hops and mikan are a perfect match it seems, as the seamlessly lead to herbal and grassy hop inclinations. A fun summer quencher, no doubt.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil shrouds the hazy beige.
-It tastes like it’s between 3% and 4% alcohol.
-Body is lean and carbonation dulcified, lending a very drinkable, almost watery (in a good way) mouthfeel.
-The wooden hop bitterness is firm.

Bottle; thx Tim!


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