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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle 663ml.
Light unclear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, moderate to light heavy hoppy, flowers, grapefruit, sweet orange - lime, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, fresh and dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090913]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29207) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy citrusy aroma. Sweetish malty spicy flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish with hints of citrus-

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
29th March 2009
Cloudy amber beer. Thick suddy white head. The Natsumikan may be the ’summer tangerine’ but this tastes more like bitter orange with a little grapefruit. Mellow malt and bitterish finish. Light, crisp and refreshing. Bitterish aftertaste. Never astringent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11442) - 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.


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