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

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2009
You have to really have a couple of these to really appreciate all it’s nuances that are there for the taking. The Natsumikan is a Japanese Tangerine, and it gives an interesting nuance to the nose. Known mostly in its home prefecture for its juice in ice cream. Tangy and sour and extremely refreshing for a great summer time beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Hazy cloudy yellow copper pour, frothy head, thick lacing. Big spices in the nose, pineapple, tropical citrus, zest and some clove. Spicy flavors, creamy sweet malts, some mango and other soft citrus notes. Full-bodied, soft on the palate, creamy and balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WVHouseofBeer (790) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
This was on the light side of fruit beers. Easy drinker and very refreshing. Pours a light hazy gold with a small white head. Aromas and flavors of tart citrus and a slight sweet malt presence. Fizzy carbonation and light bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (591) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
less fruity than the mikan ale and more bitter. pours micro-carbonated, nice lacing, orange-amber colour, sharp orange bitterness, almost bitter-melon-like bitter with a hint of saltiness. Refreshing when ice cold, but a little astringent when as it rises in temp. Definitely more of the mikan peels coming through than the mikan ale. The mikan is better imo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Gold to amber color, slightly hazy. Impressive and extensive head which fades steadily and leaves some chunky lace Clean, light malt base with a refreshing hop presence for balance. Strong hop bitterness with the first sip. Malt takes a back seat, but the spicy hop does not overwhelm. Not sure what Natsumikan fruit is, but I don’t taste any unusual or fruity flavors. There is a slight sweetness which departs from what I’d expect from a pale ale. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2008
Glowing hazy orange honey body with a soft pillowy off-white head. Delicate graininess, lightly floral hops with a kiss of caramel tied together iwth a hint of tart tangerine. White bread left in a pine tree eaten with orange blossoms, turns refreshingly tart finishing with unexpected fizz and fruity flowers. Outstanding!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - AUG 15, 2011
AROMA: fruity but not distinct, yeasty; APPEARANCE: misty cider brown, minimal head and almost no lacing TASTE: slightly bitter and sour fruit rather like a light lambic PALATE: not much carbonation, quick finish. OVERALL: Not their best effort but a nice change up in the middle of a heavy session.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions. Appearance: Murky peach with honey folds. A 2 finger white crown has little retention and some lacing. Smell: Like an under-ripe grapefruit with a mixture of american hops. Simcoe seems to be the dominant one in the nose. Taste: Natsumikan fruit with some hop bitterness from the simcoes, Horizons and Mount Hoods. Tart finish. Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and light bodied. Drinkability: btw the low abv and mouthfeel this one is easy to drink. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-28-2009

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle from brewer, 2008 I think. Pale amber body, little head but good lacing. The rosy baird hop scent is dressed up with some sugar cookie, slight lemon, and summer mikan. Taste is quite dry, a bit weak all in all, the mikan lurks behind and adds a citrusy quality. Some spice comes out in the form of ginger cookie. Interesting, but the 660mil bottle was a bit much for one man. Dry palate with a quick finish. A nice beer to bring to a tasting and split, but wouldnt keep a big supply in the fridge.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Pours a goden light brown with short foamy head. It’s aroma is floral, fruity and acidic. Flavor is sour, white grapefruity and bitter hop flavor at the end. Very dry finish, with nice hint of carbonation. Nicely balanced and light. Easy to drink, but still kind of weird.


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