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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Hazy orange pour, white head. Citrus, orange juice, sweet malt, bread, light spice, and tropical fruit. Tastes pretty good, the more I drink the more orange I notice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5065) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Stale wheat, pit fruit and citrus aromas. Herbs and tangy tropical fruit upfront. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of light hops, light grapefruit, light malts, and some citrus. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of hops, slight grapefruit, slight tangerine, and a hint of pale malts. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet hops and tangerine finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at Butters’ Slutfest: Orange blossom and lemon aroma, reminiscent of sorachi hops. Hazy amber, with floaties, medium yellow head. Orange peel flavor from beginning to end, but finishes tart like a cumquat, but not as sour. Refreshing and tasty. Very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours hazy orange gold with a white head. Nose is orange, malt, spice, citrus fruit, sugary light fruit, and star fruit. Flavor is a lot of sweetness and light fruit that is beginning to make me think that there is a basic Japanese fruit for beers like these. Light bodied and very sessionable, enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
As Shizuoka Natsumikan. Hazy orange color with a medium head. A very plantish and leafy aroma, like walking into a greenhouse. Very light flavors of fruit and flowers. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Fairly non-deScript. I am not familiar with the fruit used in this beer, but it may be too delicate to stand up to a beer, as it really does not seem to have added much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4576) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
633oz bottle. Big white foamy rings of lace surrounded the glass of this clear orange ale. Flavor of toasted grains, chocolate, and sour tangerine. Not sure where the chocolate comes from, since it doesn’t match the color. And the tart clementine is a very dominate flavor in this offering. Aroma of citrus zest and bread. I just can’t get over how much malt character there is and to be toppled by such an acidic sour orange tartness. It’s a fantastic fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2006
Cloudy dark brown orange color. It looks more like a meal than a drink. A slightly tart mikan nose erupts, along with citrus fruits, cotton candy and some sweet maltiness. Sweet malty mouth is well balanced with ample hops and a refreshing tartness. Mikan, candy apples and cotton candy all come through. Sweet malty finish. Yum. This is one of the better fruit beers I have had. This kicks ass over his other Mikan ale (why a brewery brews two mikan ales, I don’t know).

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