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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11921) - 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 - that’s kind of citrus. There’s a light touch of citrus sour. Goes mildly grainy in the finish. The fruit persists, and it’s not exactly bitter, but it’s certainly far from sweet. Interesting ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11870) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11027) - 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
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Name: Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale
Date: August 15, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light floral, earthy balance, touch of honey
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, earthy balance, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
750 ml bottle shared with Doodler and company poured a clear yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, straw, citrus and light spice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, straw, light spice and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10450) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by Butters at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a hazy peach color with a huge offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity citrus, tropical, honey. The taste is citrus, apple, honey, tropical notes and an earthy/musty note. Medium bodied. Nice beer.


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