Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10660) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10532) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10409) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10384) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle with Doodler and Co. Thanks everyone! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a fluffy, off-white head. A touch floral, orange citrusy, slightly tart aroma. Floral, somewhat tangy, citrusy, tart flavor. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9430) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Very interesting brew. Pour is hazy yellow with white head bottle pour thanks to Scott’s tasting! Aroma has notes of some citrusy grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, tart lactic notes, hints of spice and earth in there as well. Taste is nice mix of tart fruit, grapefruit, lemon, some hints of biscuit, caramel, hints of spice, finishes fairly tart and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8848) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8789) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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.

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