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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8904) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The fruity aroma offers notes of ripe apricot and peach alongside crisp pale grains. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Decently balanced. Fruity and tangy – apricot and peach - plus pale malt sweetness. Lengthy, fruity finish that eventually dries out. Bottle provided by mgumby10!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of herbalness, citrus, and fruity. I wrote down ’different’ by the aromas. Tastes of the same herbalness, oranges/citrus, and some wheatiness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
Bomber from Captain Couger and rated at 6%. Medium orange with a soapy white fead. Fruity aroma. Appropriate understated carbonation. Taste is tangerine and orange, with other citruys.Fruity aroma. Easy drinking, sweet but not too sweet nor too malty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8030) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - 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
MartinT (7746) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
36 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Bottle states "2013" and 5.5%.
Label read "Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale".
Hazy apricot color, off-white to yellow head. Fruity, sugary, apricot sent. Malty, fruity, some citrus, zest taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Some zest aftertaste, also lemon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2009
This is the Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale as per the label with 6% abv. Pours a cloudy golden with nice white head. Aroma of citrus/orange peel, yeast with light bitterness nose. Lots of freshness come out of the aroma. Taste, lots of sweet citrus flavors, with some other fruits juice that I can’t really pinpoint and must be the Japanese fruit mentioned. Some spices, light bitterness. This is one tasty beer. Very impressed by this newly available brewery.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle 633 ml
Appearance: deep murky amber , bright loose frothy light top. 3-
Nose: Slight citric , fruity soft yet with kind of bite , soda on top.
Flavor/Palate : Light bodied , slight citrus , fresh fruity ale. Sweet at finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle: Orange hued golden, sudsy white head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Floral nose, slight tangarine or mandarin.   Definitely citrusy but not the citrus peel that is so common.   This one is moreso like the inside of some citrus type of fruit.   Slight clove, both on nose and on the tongue.   Soft sweetness, a little flat on the tongue.   Comes across as a very light Fruit Beer, mixed with either clove or some sort of floralness.   Slightly dry on the finish.   Not half bad, certainly comes across as real fruit and not a fake sugary example.



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