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

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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, murky gold/orange with white fizzy head. Aroma of passion fruit and floral hops. Flavor of fruit, some wild yeast, light hoppy bitter with a not so good after taste. Mouthfeel is light body, high carbonation with a little fizz. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a dull orange color with a very small bright white soapy head. Some lacing. Getting notes of passion fruit, and lemon grass. Mouthfeel is bubbly and carbonated but the front flavors drop off very quickly. Kind of over carbonated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
20110328 50cl bottle from State Line. Hazy dark golden with small but lasting white head of tight foam. Aroma is bright and citrusy, lots of lemony and grapefruit, fresh parsley, shortbread, pizza dough, hints of white cedar. Soft on the palate up front, smooth and creamy wheat like a witte, but sturdy malts and easy, even carbonation of an APA. The finish comes quickly with a burst of grapefruit pith bitterness, and not in a hoppy way, but truly reminiscent of the skin of the fruit. Long lingering citrus and quite floral. Lovely, entertaining, a real treat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2409) - JAPAN - JUL 26, 2009
Pretty boring all round. A decent ale flavoured with orange. Easy to drink, but didn’t want another.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle, thanks Swoopjones! Gold, white head. Nose is ginger, lemon, some hay like malt, spice. Flavor is lemon, ginger, green tea. A bit of fruit comes out towards the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2201) - - JUL 22, 2014
Rich mikan , decent fruity/sour balance, clean finish. Classic Baird seasonal, very well done mikan ale without any useless sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Pours hazy orange gold with thick white head. Citrus/apricot fruitiness, light dusty malt. Flavour is bitter fruits. Dried golden fruit sweetness underneath. Green banana tones, light spice in the maltiness. Bittersweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (1918) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a hazy gold with a minimal white head. Aromas of natsumikan, white grapfruit zest and pith on the nose with a little bit of skunk. Taste is all citrus. Soft carbonation with a juice-like mouthfeel. Not sweet at all. Light body with some honey on the palate. Refreshing but the skunk takes it down a few notches in my book.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1888) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 25, 2011
Hope I’ve got the right beet here? Was sold out in at the Baird Taphouses but on tap at Tadg’s in Kyoto. Golden Ale to my thinking (at least it looks that way) with a decent layer of spice. Flavours of orange juice (with subtle citrus) are very pronounced, almost to the extent you could be excused for thinking you are drinking fizzy orange juice. Points for the flavour intent but it doesn’t really hit my mark.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Pours a glowing bright orange color, with a small off white head. Smells of big citrus, I got a lot of praches and apricots in there. i suppose natsurnikans as well, whatever they are. The flavor is also pretty fruity, mixed with some nice sweet malt and sugars. Big peach flavors come through for me. Very refreshing and interesting little fruit beer. Makes me want to try a Japanese natsurnikan and see what it tastes like. Cool beer to try.


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